1. Go with vague ideas, but be flexible. The tomatoes may be wonderful, but if they’re sold out, how about a pasta dish with zucchini and mint instead?

2. Be patient. No pushing, grabbing, or skipping in line.

3. Ask questions: recipes ideas, name that vegetable, how long something will keep… this is one difference between the supermarket and your local producers.

4. Volunteer answers. If someone asks about your favorite vegetable, tell them what you make. Because it’s wonderful. This is community, part two.

5. Bring your own bag. Less plastic is more.

6. Bring small bills, if possible. Try to avoid asking anyone to change a $20 bill for $2 worth of potatoes, or a $50 bill for $5 worth of tomatoes.

7. Go easy on the finger blight. Someone else will be missing that strawberry that you snagged from the pint at the front of the table. If you need a taste, ask for a sample.

8. Don’t try to buy before the market opens or after it closes. The market managers often have rules about that sort of thing, and producers generally follow them. This will vary– but if someone has packed up the scale and cashbox, take a hint.

9. Buy some produce. Yes, support all the other vendors too, but the heart and soul of a good market is the produce. A bag of apples, a pint of berries, a few carrots, peppers, or some baby turnips; even if you’re not an enthused cook, many items can be washed and eaten as is.

10. Pet the peaches, but don’t maul them! Somebody will be eating that…

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