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Now, being prepared to attend a Farmer’s Market is very similar to being prepared to go grocery shopping with your kids. It takes preparation! It takes time! Is it worth it?
Heck yeah, it is. Here’s some tips for getting ready for the Farmer’s Market:
1.) Do some Research
Before stepping foot into a Farmer’s Market it helps to know which market you’ll be attending and what they sell. A city’s website that has posted the event is probably a good place to begin. Apps like Farmstand can help offer this type of information too. There is also government websites like Mass.gov.
2.) Make a shopping list
Just as if you were going to your local grocery store you want to have a general list of what you plan to get. Or what you want to look at. Have your kids decide some of the things that’ll go on the list.
3.) Make Room for Un-expected Purchases
The unexpected happens, so go prepared. You want to be able to have the freedom to buy unexpected purchases that just can’t be passed up.
4.) Bring a re-usable bag
Those cloth bags just sitting in your closet. Now’s a good time to use them. They’re also good for the environment. No plastic bags!
5.) Communicate your Plan of Action (before leaving the car)
If your going with your children and have more than 2 or 3 this is a very important step. Make sure your kids know how the day will go. Sticking together is sometimes the best bet.
6.) Bring a laminated copy of The List
Just like on an ordinary shopping trip let your kids check off the foods on the shopping list.
7.) Designate “Jobs”
Give each child a “job” to do at the market. This may be as simple as instructing them to help you pick the best tomatoes.
Refer to Kid’s Kitchen: Tips to get you from Store to Fridge for additional shopping tips.