ONCE AGAIN THE BOY SCOUT RULE APPLIES - BE PREPARED
We always go to the market very early not just to get the pick of the crop but to avoid what Madisonians affectionately call "The Farmer's Market Shuffle". You can avoid it by going late and the pay off there is a possible bargain. No farmer wants to pack up and take home the goods he brought.
Just like going to the supermarket, bring your own bags - c'mon half the point is being green!
Talk to the farmers about where their farms are and how they grow their produce. If you want to shop local and eat clean, you want to be sure that is the case.
Stuff your pockets with small bills and change - it's no fun searching for change of a $20 for $1.50 purchase.
If I have few or no plans for that day I'll walk the entire market first - usually with a latte and pain au chocolat in hand - noting my interests and make a second trip around to buy.
When we lived in NYC we were literally around the corner from the flower market. Our home was always filled with fresh flowers. Now I depend on the Farmer's Market so I take a flower bucket or pail to hold a little water 'til we get the precious cargo back home.
We love our pooch Buddy but in Madison it's "NO DOGS ALLOWED" so check the local rules before putting the leash on Fido for a trip to the market.
Vendeur de Fromages de Chevre, Paris, 1935
Willy Ronis, photographer
Represented by Hackelbury Fine Art, London