The Smartest Way to Shop at a Farmer’s Market in Oakland

photo: Christina Mitchell

photo: Christina Mitchell

This post, The Smartest Way to Shop at a Farmer’s Market, has several useful suggestions but I have a few more to add, especially for people shopping in Oakland.

Shop late

I know the selection is better in the morning, but I never make it out that early.  So I show up sometime in the last hour and take advantage of the discounts.

Try different ingredients

Last week, I couldn’t pass up these Japanese Eggplant, but I’d never cooked with them before.  They were 3 for $1 – can you blame me?  Trying new ingredients is how I learn. It’s how I become a better cook.

Talk to the farmers

I speak Spanish, so I always use it whenever the opportunity arises.  I start a conversation with the farmers and we end up talking about things like produce, weather, cooking and family.  Really, it doesn’t matter what language we speak because it’s always a nice chat.

photo: Christina Mitchell

photo: Christina Mitchell

Go to the smaller markets

My weekend routine used to include the Grand Lake or Temescal Market, but they started getting crowded and expensive.  Now, I go to Freedom Farmer’s Market on Saturdays or Fruitvale on Sundays.  These markets are really small, with just one or two produce stands, but I like supporting farmers of color and the prices are 50-75% lower.  One day, I found beautiful heirloom tomatoes for $1 a pound!

Christina Mitchell

Christina Mitchell

Christina is the founder of East Bay Dish and a social media marketing consultant. If you want to attract more customers with social media, click on my picture 🙂
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