Fall in Texas means the weather is finally cooling off a bit, making it the perfect time to be outside. A fun way for the whole family to enjoy the nice weather while supporting fellow Texans is to hit up a Texas farmers market. Shopping at a farmers market provides shoppers with the freshest seasonal produce available – and possibly even some produce you’ve never seen before. But before you head out, here are some tips on how to shop at your local Texas farmers market in autumn.
1) Do Your Research
For those who’ve never visited a farmers market before, where to find one may be confusing. To help, the Farmer’s Market Online, provides a list of farmers markets located all around Texas (and other states as well). When you click on a listing, the site provides a market description, location, contact, and dates the market is open. Many markets are only open on select days of the year, so it’s important to check out the days and times before heading to one.
2) Know Your Produce
Though you might not recognize this at your local chain grocery store, most produce is seasonal and only grows during certain times of the year. Because of this, you should learn what produce is in season here in Texas. Texas Farmers Market lists out the foods in season for each month of the year.
3) Bring Cash
Many of the vendors will only accept cash, so it’s best to come prepared. As in, don’t wait until you arrive at the farmers market to look for an ATM. There may be a few vendors who accept credit/debit or even checks, but you don’t want to be dependent on only those folks.
4) Bring a Cooler
Though the weather is cooling off, Texas days are still pretty warm. If you are planning on buying anything, then be sure to bring a cooler with some ice to keep your items cool until you get home.
5) Make a Day of It
Depending on the size of the market, you can spend hours visiting each of the vendors. If it’s your first time to visit a particular market, take some time to loop around before buying anything, as there are typically multiple vendors selling the same types of items. Choose your favorites and then come back to those of interest.
In addition, if the weather is nice enough and there’s room, purchase a sandwich or snack from the market and enjoy a nice picnic.
6) Embrace the Unique
If you aren’t a frequent to farmers markets, you may be surprised at the varieties of fresh produce unlike anything you see at your average grocery store. There are curious items like purple carrots, white cucumbers, mouse melons, and more! They may look odd, but different varietals can pack tons of vitamins and taste great too.
We hope you enjoy fall by paying a visit to the farmers market in your part of Texas!