Tips for Shopping at a Farmers Market

by Natalie Rakoci 08/25/2019

A farmer's market is a meeting point where farmers sell foods or freshly produced cheeses or meats for human consumption which may be located indoors or outdoors to make customers comfortable. There are bountiful reasons to shop at the farmers' market due to the availability of fresh vegetables and fruits. At a farmers’ market, you’ll even find prepared foods such as salsa, jellies, candies, and even jerky.

Shopping at a farmers’ market is essential because it helps in creating income for the local farmers. There are a lot of ways to shop at a farmer's market. Choose from the freshly produced vegetables to the treated milk products, fruits, and nuts.

Benefits of shopping at a farmer’s market

Produce is seasonal: One of the primary reasons for buying in a farmers’ market because you already know you're getting fresh fruits and vegetables each market day. It also helps in decision-making for your weekly meals when visiting each stall in the farmers market. Anything out of season will not be available fresh from a farmers' market although you might find dried, canned, or prepared versions. True farmers' markets require fresh, in-season items.

Products are ripe and nutritious: Shopping from a farmers’ market is advantageous compared to shopping at a store because a farmer’s produce is fresh, ripe, and beautiful which will make your food delicious. Since their products are seasonal, a farmer knows what is nutritious by looking at it in their farms which will also make their spinach, cucumber, cheese, yams, watermelons, apples, etc. fresh and nutritious.

It's inexpensive: The farmers’ market products offer affordable, seasonal produce. When you consume fresh vegetables and fruits every day, it adds a lot of benefits to your health and saves hospital bills.

Farmers markets sell different vegetables and fruits: A farmers' market is always full of varieties of local fruits and vegetables—not only the popular ones. You can always ask the farmer about a fruit or vegetable unfamiliar to you. Most vendors offer recipes or instructions for exotic produce.

It improves the local farmers' economy: When you buy anything from a farmers’ market, it helps the family business, which allows them to continue producing fresh food for your table. It also helps in the local economy because the vendors spend what they make from their products in local shops.

To find a farmers’ market near you, ask a neighbor, at the library, or search online. Your nearby property professional is an excellent resource for local markets too, so be sure to reach out.

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Natalie Rakoci

It is more important than ever to have a real estate professional by your side who understands the unique, vibrant communities within the local real estate market. One who proudly works with only the highest ethical and legal standards, while having an optimistic and enthusiastic nature you will appreciate. Prior to becoming a licensed Realtor, Natalie was a Clinical Administrator for the largest healthcare system in Western PA. During nearly two decades of experience in clinical, business development and Administration in healthcare, she learned invaluable lessons about the daily operations of a business that is truly all about people. There are many people involved in a real estate purchase or sale and treating each with the utmost respect, exceptional communication and the highest ethical practice is Natalie’s highest priority.

Natalie first fell in love with the Grand Strand at ten years old during frequent family beach vacations. She moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 2012, and immediately began her full-time career as a real estate professional. Natalie ensures she is well equipped to serve the needs of her clients by consistently attending educational and leadership training, networking events, obtaining various certifications and enjoys serving the surrounding communities.

Natalie’s number one goal is customer satisfaction and she looks forward to the opportunity to earn your business. She understands that buying or selling a home can be a time consuming and emotional experience; her goal is to provide a positive, easy, and seamless process for each of her clients.