Greenmarket Strategies: Part II

Tips for Successful Market Shopping

Greenmarket Strategies: Part II

Tips for Successful Market Shopping

I'm sure I am not the only one who has headed into a Greenmarket or farmer's market only to leave in one of two states: Either I've bought too much of this and that, in amounts that range from tiny samples to big bags. Or else I'm overwhelmed by all the choices and end up empty-handed, with only a couple of summer peaches to eat on the way home.

We can do better. But we need a strategy.

Shopping for Cooking

Shopping at a Greenmarket isn't like going to a grocery store because we can't be sure what will be for sale. We can arrive at a market and be seduced by the gorgeous produce or the chance to buy organic leaf lard to make end-of-summer fruit pies, only to get home having spent a lot of money with no plan for how to make meals out of what we've bought.

It's easier if you're a market regular because you'll have some idea of what to expect and you can actually go with a shopping list (although leave room for the serendipity of changing your mind after you see what's for sale). But absent that experience, here are a few suggestions:

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