The Brick Farmer’s Market will return this May and run through Saturdays in the summer at Windward Beach. Last year was the first year for the market, which received rave reviews from residents and visitors alike.
The Brick Farmer’s Marker is committed to providing a venue where local farmers, producers, artisans and crafters provide a variety of fresh produce and related products directly to the community. The market inspires open communication between consumers and growers, promotes buying fresh and eating local, and promotes nutritious food choices. As a family friendly market, it creates a strong sense of the community.
2015 vendors offered everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to cakes and pies, woodworking, and even yarn! The 2016 Farmer’s Market promises to be even bigger and better.
Vendor registration is now open for the 2016 Season.
Here are 6 tips to make the most of your Farmer’s Market experience:
1- Research featured businesses
Become familiar with the farmers and artisans selling at your local market. Typically, sellers at markets are the same individuals who grow the produce. Getting to know farmers personally can help build a long lasting relationship and get you better deals.
2- Barter and bargain
Farmers are more likely to barter with you for their goods. Try offering them something other than cash. Barter with your own unique products. You may even be able to trade with your own skills such as plumbing or design. Farmers appreciate individuals who have skills as well. Try to strike a bargain with them as well!
3- Arrive with a flexible palate
Be willing to try new fruits and vegetables at your farmers’ market. Lesser known products are often much cheaper than your typical produce. Be adventurous and add new foods to your meals.
4- Flatter the farmers
Chat with your farmers! Don’t forget to compliment them on all of their hard work. If you loved last week’s cilantro, let them know. Everybody loves to be appreciated and chatting about food can lead to personal relationships with growers. If you find your way into a farmer’s heart you may walk away with a better deal on their produce.
5- Buy produce in bulk
Purchase produce when it is in its peak season. Many growers will have a surplus of fruits and vegetables that you can buy in bulk and keep for future use. Buying in bulk can save you money on seasonal food that you may not be able to purchase during the rest of the year. Try canning, drying, or freezing produce for use during its off season!