Spring is here and that means farmers' markets are opening across the Laurel Highlands. Shop local and get the freshest produce. But before you go, know how to shop like an expert and be prepared for your farmers' market shopping trip.
Go early to get the best selection of produce. But not too early or you’ll miss out on samples and have to wait for vendors to finish setting up.
Don’t forget a cooler to keep your perishables fresh.
Bring reusable shopping bags to carry all your goodies.
Don’t forget cash and change! The best way to get on the good side of the vendors? Don’t take all of their change first thing in the morning! Bring plenty of small bills and loose change!
Take a lap around the market before you buy. You never know what treasures are waiting on the other side.
Plan to stay for lunch! Many vendors (especially at the Ligonier Country Market) serve ready to order foods, like grilled pizzas, gourmet grilled cheeses, and a variety of other good eats.
Ask the farmers and vendors for recipe tips and the best ways to prepare different foods. These guys know their stuff and have great ideas for your meal prep!
Buy in bulk for the best deals.