1. Don’t be shy. Talk to growers. They love to talk about what they’ve grown and how to use it. Talk to other shoppers,too. It’s easy when you’re bonding over food. You can learn a lot and meet people at the same time.
2. Find out why it’s not certified organic. Many small farmers rent land or can’t afford organic certification, so when you see something that looks good, ask the farmer how it was grown.
3. Bring your own bags; a cooler, too, if you’re getting eggs or meat.
4. Shop early for selection. Shop late (or in bad weather) for deals.
5. Bring small bills.
6. Walk the whole market before you buy.
7. If it looks good, buy it. It may be gone next week.
8. Don’t haggle. Farmers work hard and price their products thoughtfully. But if you buy in bulk or become a regular, friendly customer, you may find your farmer giving you a discount.
9. Shop weekdays. No crowds, no parking hassles. Just drive right up to the sheds.
10. Enjoy! Our market is the most diverse public space in Minneapolis, our farmers friendly, and our food, delicious.