I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to visit our local farmers’ market. We would talk about checking it out but, as with a lot of instances, life – and weekend baseball and soccer games – have gotten in the way.
After this weekend’s super fun time at Downtown West Palm Beach Farmers’ Market, I’ve gathered some shopping tips that will make your and my next visit to the farmers’ market even more enjoyable!
Depending on the farmers’ market, you may be walking quite a bit. I am thankful that I wore my comfy sneakers because it’s one less worry! I was able to walk up and down the streets like it was nothing.
Regardless of the time of year, it is super important to apply sunscreen. I have to admit that I didn’t put as much of an emphasis on it when I lived in New York as when I moved to Florida. (I would also sunbathe in my backyard on Long Island slathered in baby oil, but that’s for a later article.)
Prepare for Weather
Pack a small umbrella because you don’t know when the skies will open. When we went on Saturday, the weather radar showed clear skies until 3:00 p.m. Within 20 minutes of arrival, we felt the first drops. 5 minutes of rain ensued, then clear skies. You never know…
We were so not prepared for the actual shopping portion of the farmers’ market. I noticed that the other, more prepared patrons brought with them:
to tote around their farmers’ market finds.
I am SO glad we decided to bring Stella along with us. Aside from the fact that it totally wore her out, it was a great lesson in crowd acclimation. There were so many pups enjoying the farmers’ market and Stella kissed every single one she came in close proximity to.
The vendors are super dog-friendly as well, offering bowls filled with fresh water, samples of their pet-friendly food, and more.
More Than Just Shopping
Most farmers’ markets are set on large expanses of land. Aside from the vendor locations, there are usually grassy areas to sit and enjoy the wares recently purchased AND perfect for the kids to run and exert some pent up energy!
We didn’t bring the boys this time, but are most definitely toting them along on the next visit. Aside from the open spaces, a lot of times there are oversized games set up (think Connect 4 on steroids, sports equipment around).
The Local Bounty
Can you honestly say that you know which local fruit and veggies are grown in your area? I learned SO much about what can and IS grown successfully in our area. The fruit and vegetables on display at the various stands peeked my interest and opened my eyes to what is out there.
We opted to purchase some of the local fares, to test out some new recipes, to expand our horizons when it comes to what is abundantly available to us.
I cannot wait to visit the farmers’ market this coming weekend, with our newfound knowledge (and harness for Stella as she loved to pull in every direction possible).
I’d love to hear of any tips you have to help make the next farmers’ market visit an even better success. Please check out my Amazon storefront for some great product recommendations!