The magic of green market season reveals itself before the arrival of the first lush greens, pumpkins, peppers and herbs in the harvest bins of local farms. The magic is in the way it sweeps away our nostalgia for summer. The start of green market season offers our first glimpse of fall.
What better to distract us from our beach reveries and island-mode mindset of summer than the promise of vendor kiosks fragrant with fresh-made this and just-baked that, of jewel-toned veggies and sunlit orchids, of hot coffee and soul-warming cider doughnuts?
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GREEN MARKET INSIDER
Some tips to help you make the most of your market experience:
- Bring your bags. You know those recyclable market bags you stashed in your car trunk, but always forget to take out at the supermarket? Make sure to grab them before you hit the market stalls this weekend. While most vendors do offer bags for their goods, it’s always a good idea to bring a larger tote, especially if you plan to buy unwieldy produce or goods packaged in heavy jars.
- Bring cash. Many market vendors take plastic, but in the bustle it’s usually quicker to make cash purchases. And in the event you have to pay for street parking, coins are a great time-saver.
- Join a CSA while you’re at it. Local farms and co-ops, such as Kai-Kai and Swank, run CSAs (or Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which members get regular shares of farm-grown produce). In fact, the market is often a good pick-up location for your share. Ask the farms how to sign up.
- Mingle. Many market regulars love sharing tips about their shopping finds, anything from the best way to wash market greens to how to cook with the exotic spices sold on site. Plus, it’s always fun to find out what plans they have for the majestic eggplants they’ve just purchased.
- Don’t try to do it all at once. The beauty of a local green market is that you can return week after week for unique tastes and experiences.