1. Go Early
The best produce is often found right when the market opens. Avoid choosing from picked-over produce by arriving at your local market as early as possible.
2. Go Often
Buy only as much as you will eat within a few days, and store produce (except tomatoes) in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark place. Flavor and nutrients diminish quickly.
3. Bring Cash
Most vendors appreciate it if you have small bills for purchasing. And while some larger markets will accept credit cards, most will not accept personal checks.
4. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
You're already a steward of the environment by shopping at your local farmers market, so remember to take it one step further and bring your own canvas bags, baskets, or boxes to carry away your purchase for the day.