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Gilbert Farmers Market — Check It Out

A couple talking to a vendor at a farmer's market.

Welcome back to August Liv Northgate Blog! We’re here to be a resource with fun, useful ideas for how you can make your apartment living experience at our community a fulfilling one. In our last blog post, we highlighted National Cheesecake Day, yum! — And today we want to fill you in on the Gilbert Farmers Market. Read on to learn more tips for making the most of it!

Know the logistics.

Like any event, before you immerse yourself into it, pay attention to those small details that are easy to forget until you get there. For example, the Gilbert Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from  7 AM - 11 AM (April/May through September) just west of the Iconic Water Tower. With over 60 vendors all year round, you will be able to select from a wide range of locally grown products from Arizona farms and food producers. According to the Gilbert Farmers Market website, “The market features local, chemical free, organic produce from many local farmers, farm fresh eggs, meat, cheese, bread, sweets, coffee & tea, sauces, seasonings and many other locally made artisan products.”

Be open to trying new things.

If you’ve ever been to a farmers market, you’ve probably noticed that sometimes there are fruits, produce, or other items (food-related or not!) that you may not recognize. Many vendors have samples available for you to try, so jump on the opportunity to try new things, at no cost to you. It will definitely be worth it if you find something you love!

Come with recipes and meals in mind.

While having an open mind is helpful for finding something delicious, you still want to actually use what you buy, and it’s easy to forget about foods that you’re not familiar with or that you’re not crazy about. So while you’re shopping, be sure to think of potential meals you can use your produce in. If you need extra guidance, come with specific meals in mind so you can know exactly what to buy.

Ask questions.

One of the benefits of shopping at a farmers market over a grocery store is you get face-to-face interaction with the growers of the food you’re eating! Take advantage of that and ask them any questions you may have about the growing process or even about ideas for using their products once you get home. They know it best and can give you great suggestions.

What are your favorite ways to navigate a farmers market or make the most of your trip and the purchases? Share in the comments so we can try them before the month is through! Thanks for reading. Have fun, and good luck!