We love a good farmers market here at EatFreshSEI! We decided to visit the Keokuk Farmer’s Market to gather our best market tips for you all. The Keokuk Farmer’s Market would be a great market to go to if you’re a beginner at the whole farmers market thing. The market is at the River City Mall on Saturdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. You can find around fifteen vendors with a variety of produce such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, onions, sweet corn, peppers, baked goods, and more! The friendly vendors love to interact with the customers and enjoy sharing their goods! If you have any questions about their produce, they are more than willing to answer. Continue reading below to learn about some great market tips!
1. Know what is in season before you go
Knowing what foods are in season will help you understand what kind of produce will be available. If you go to a farmers market looking for watermelon in June the chances of you finding it are going to be slim to none. This is why it is beneficial to know what foods are in season. Not to mention if you purchase foods that are in season, they are going to taste much better and be full of healthy nutrients!
2. Be prepared with your own reusable bag and cash
There is a chance that not every vendor is going to have a plastic bag if you decide to purchase from them. This is why it is a good idea to bring a reusable bag. You can put all of the produce you purchase in them and you are helping save the environment! It is also very unlikely that vendors will have a card machine for you to use a debit or credit card, so make sure you have plenty of cash on hand.
3. Early bird gets the worm!
If you go right away you will get first dibs on the best produce, and that is when most vendors will have the largest variety. If you go at the end there is a chance the vendors might not have the produce you were looking for or the best produce has already been taken. There might be some truth to the phrase the “early bird gets the worm.”
4. Make a loop first
I know I get excited about buying food and tend to want to buy the first thing I see, but that isn’t always the smartest option. It might be worth your time to make a loop around the entire market to see what produce is available and where the good prices are at. After you make the loop around the market you are more knowledgeable about what is all available, and therefore you can make better choices when purchasing your fresh produce.