Pardon us! We’ve interrupted your usual weekly farmers market roundup to discuss a very important issue: shopping at the farmers market… effectively.
As someone who rarely shops with a grocery list (if I’m lucky, I’ll think about what I want to make that week on my walk to the Dupont Farmers Market) I’ve learned the hard way how not to shop at a farmers market. It’s awell-documented plight (especially for the single, the tired and the lazy among us), because you shop hungry and end up with more than you know what to do with.
There you are, all excited about that fabulous spring/summer/fall produce and you end up buying enough to feed an army (a Game of Thrones army, perhaps?!). Or worse yet, you severely overestimate your energy for the coming week, thinking you’ll still work that 12 hour day and then have the energy to come home and whip up a gourmet meal.
Yeah. Right. I see you, yes you, on your sofa perusing the Seamless app for a food delivery that will get to your house in less than 30 minutes.
Guilty as charged. I’ve done it all. Wiser individuals (who MUST have more spare time than I do!) will tell you to spend some time menu planning on Saturdays. Or have a standard grocery list that you shop with. Mmmhhm. I’m sorry, Superwoman called, and she demanded I return her ambition and extra hours in the day. So, those culinary miracles? … not gonna happen.
Now that the Dupont Farmers Market is back to standard hours (8:30 am to 1:00 pm) and with the U Street Farmers Market opening soon, it’s a good time to share my four tips for effectively shopping at a farmers market: