I was out to coffee with a couple girlfriends a few nights ago and one of them told me about a nearby Farmer's Market that is open on Thursday mornings. My husband and I had taken our girls to one last weekend, but it was super small and a 20 minute drive to spend too much on olive oil and a small tub of almond butter.
Until I am comfortable with the proper etiquette of a Farmer's Market I don't think I can go by myself. I will end up spending more than I wanted to because of my people pleasing need! I walked the market a good 10 feet away from each booth trying to decide if there was anything there I was willing to buy if I was approached by those selling. Is it okay to sample everything they have and then say that you are not interested in buying? I don't like to be watched as I am shopping. Because I didn't have a list or an objective today, I wanted to be able to look and pick up a few fun things if something caught my eye. At the same time, I want those there selling their goods to feel good about what they have. Will they feel rejected if I reject their product? SO MUCH PRESSURE! I realized I need to go with a few other people...so at least I can pretend that one of them might buy something as I look on.
The prices didn't seem that much cheaper to me. I shop for my produce at Costco and I can get a dozen large apples for $4.50. Or a big bag of yams for $3.50 instead of one yam for $2.00 that isn't that pretty of a color or that better of taste. A few months back I watched the documentary Food, Inc. It was so informative and motivating to make better choices and make sure my "vote" counts with each item I purchase. But if I am going to start making shifts into supporting local farmers and eating fresher produce, I might as well hit up Whole Foods (or Whole Paycheck, as my husband calls it) if I am not going to see cheaper produce at a farmer's market. At least at Whole Foods I don't have someone leering at me over the spinach and beets. Yes, leering...that's what it feels like to me!
After 20 minutes of circling I headed back to the car, packed the girls up and hit up good ol' Trader Joe's. It took me a while to get used to Trader Joe's when I first started shopping there too, but I love it and know what I'm doing. And they give my kids stickers!
Will I go to a farmer's market again? Definitely, but I need a little hand holding to boost my confidence to say "no" to those selling if I am not interested. Would love any advice or inside tips from those seasoned farmer's market shoppers!