6 Insider tips for shopping at your local market


Shopping at your local farmer’s market is a wonderful experience! But it can be kind of intimidating, especially if you don’t go frequently. After all, it’s nothing like shopping at the grocery store. It’s better! To help you get the most out of your next visit to your local farmer’s market, check out our 6 Insider Tips curated from our experience as managers, vendors, and customers:

Get to the Market Early

Getting to the market early helps you get the best of all the fresh produce. If you get there early, you will beat the crowds and get first pick out of all the produce and amazing artisan crafts. That means you get the best of the best!

Take in the Whole Market Before Making a Purchase

Don’t rush to start making purchases at the first vendor you come across. Take time to do a lap around the market at least once before buying anything. Vendor locations chance from week to week and some will have different or new items every week. Doing a lap will help you see all that the market has to offer before you make a purchase. Make your lap even better by grabbing a drink from local spots within walking distance of the Tarboro Market like a coffee from the Tarboro Coffee House or a beer from the Tarboro Brewing Company if you get there after 11 a.m.

Start a Conversation

Vendors love talking to customers about their products! They are passionate about what they grow, make, or curate, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn more! It is the best way to know where your food and products come from. You may even learn more insider tips for the market like how to tell when produce is perfectly ripe or what makes a good vintage find. You may also learn that some of our Tarboro Market vendors take custom orders!

Bring Cash

A lot of vendors have a way to take credit or debit card payments nowadays, but it is always a good idea to bring plenty of cash. That way, you’re never caught off guard. Not to mention, bringing a set amount of cash and nothing more is a great way to make sure you stick to a budget.

Grab Some Breakfast

You may have heard the saying “don’t shop on an empty stomach,” and it’s true! You are more likely to make impulsive purchases, especially food-related purchases. There are so many great local options for breakfast within walking distance to the Tarboro Market like the bakery Alimentaire Wholesome Bread Co. and Bud’s Classic Diner. Not to mention, our vendor Cakes by Nita, LLC is a crowd favorite when it comes to Saturday morning breakfasts!

Bring Your Own Bags

Some vendors have bags to put all of your purchases in, but in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, bring your own reusable shopping bags. Not only is this good for the environment, something we love here at the Tarboro Market, but it frees up your arm space and makes it easier to keep shopping.