After working at the Mill City Farmer’s Market for 7 years, I have learned a bit about how to navigate the crowd, and keep the flow going for all in the mix.
Here are some tips:
- Do come with cash in hand, preferably small bills. At some markets, like the Mill City Farmers Market, you can buy tokens in $5 increments, and the vendor will give you cash as change. Easy if you forget cash, and easy for them too!
- Have a shopping list. Of course, it is all about what looks great, what’s in season, but have a basic game plan.
- Sign up for market emails! They will let you know what produce is available, and any other fun events you can take in as well!
- Bring a sturdy bag
- Be patient! (see note below)
- Be a proper line maker! Let’s be honest, there is a bit of MN passive-aggressiveness that does not work well for wonky market lines. When you get up front, have your decision made (mostly), but chat kindly with your vendor, make your purchase, and leave happily with your loot. Please, do not budge.
- I may get in trouble with this one, but SUV strollers and dogs are not a happy combo in a bustling market crowd. Kids should be involved, and have them eat their veggies right from the bag! But keep your furry friends out of the crowd.
- Most of all, be a bit flexible! You want broccoli, but only see kale…roll with it! Want romaine lettuce, but see spinach, yeah it can be a challenge, but make it work.
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful Farmer’s Markets, do your grocery shopping there, and be happy you are supporting local farmers and the idea of keeping it local. I mean really, when you know you are supporting Farmer Mike, or Singing Hills Goat Dairy…you made the right choice!