5 Invaluable Shopping Tips for the Farmers' Market

5 Invaluable Shopping Tips for the Farmers' Market

My most recent “great buy” was a bundle of these cute baby mangoes. At two pounds for $1, this was a steal. Because baby mangoes are much sweeter than their “grown-up” counterparts, I knew they would be perfect for homemade mango jam (for topping delicious things like homemade gluten-free bread). Now, I’m hungry.

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 5. Ask questions.

Who knows best about what you’ll find at the farmers' market than the growers? Talk to them and ask if you’re not sure about what something is, or about how to use a particular fruit or vegetable. You just never know what you’ll find, or who you’ll meet. Check out these chayote squash with thorns… now that’s a find and a knowledgeable farmer can tell you exactly how to handle these beauties without a single prick!

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If you visit a large market like AFM, you’ll find all sorts of non-local produce, too, like cactus leaves, aloe stalks, avocados, citrus and even those tiny mangoes I purchased. I may have bought some of all of the above. I also came away with great local melons, Macon-grown butter beans, tomatoes and so much more!

What are your favorite farmers' market finds where you live?

 Post originally appeared on GlutenFreeGigi.com.

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