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Farmer’s Market Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks about reserving your produce and understanding which fruits and vegetables are best to buy during the summertime.

There are so many things to love about summer. Between the sunny days and warm nights, outdoor activities and holidays spent with family and friends, the sunshine season is equal parts relaxing and entertaining. Another reason to get excited for summer – for us plant-based eating folks especially – is the fact that it's prime time for the farmer's market! All of the local farmers are setting up shop down the street to share the delicious local produce you can use in juices, salads and other wholesome meals.

If you want to make the most of your visit to the market, here are a few tips and tricks about reserving your produce and understanding which fruits and vegetables are best to buy during the summertime:

Best Produce to Purchase
The summer market provides a variety of delicious plant-based goods for followers of the Hallelujah Diet. Plus, this is one of the freshest and safest places to purchase your produce, as long as you know how your farmer handles his crops. Understanding if the produce is organically grown and free of harsh chemicals and pesticides is key. Here are a few fruits and veggies we highly recommend grabbing:

  • Peaches make a delicious snack and can be used in many dessert recipes! Remember to pick peaches that are firm if you want them to last a few days.
  • Tomatoes can be used in salads or chopped and tossed with olive oil and enjoyed as an appetizer. At the market, avoid tomatoes with bruises and soft spots.
  • Herbs like basil, dill, cilantro, sage and thyme can be found at the summer farmer's market. You can use fresh herbs in various plant-based dishes!
  • Watermelon is one of the most popular fruits during the summertime! To ensure this refreshing treat is ripe, look for a yellow spot. This is a sign that the melon has rested on the ground for long enough!
Farmers market goodsVisit your farmer's market throughout the summer!

Taking Care of Your Goods
Once you pick through the produce at the farmer's market, you need to know how to handle and preserve your goods. Here are a few tips:

  • Don't plan on going anywhere else after the market. Leaving fresh produce to bake in the car can ruin it. Head right home and store your goods properly.
  • Understand how to store your fruits and vegetables, and make sure you don't keep them in the same place. Certain fruits give off ethylene gas that helps them ripen, but it can spoil vegetables.
  • Know when your goods are expected to spoil! There's nothing worse than buying an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables only to let them go to waste.
  • Talk to your farmer about ideas for meals! Perhaps he or she can share a plant-based recipe or a new way to use the fruits and vegetables. 

Many farmers continue showing and selling their goods well into fall, so you can enjoy a new abundance of fruits and vegetables as the temperatures drop. Get to know your local farmers and talk to them about the produce to expect through the year!


  1. T Black July 10, 2018

    I just love this time of year when fresh produce is at an abundance! I know there is such a huge variety out there, but my favorites are still tomatoes and cucumbers! Yum!!!

  2. Annette July 10, 2018

    This is my favorite time of the year! I love watermelon and I have gotten so many already and love the cucumbers and tomatoes cut up in dressing. The squash is good for like casseroles or fried with green tomatoes. There is a lot of different vegetables for the summer and the variety of colors is awesome.

  3. Angela Solomon July 10, 2018

    I really love this time of the year when you can purchase fresh produce from a local farmers market or produce stand so these tips really help!

  4. Connie Gesser July 10, 2018

    I’ve been purchasing corn on the cob at the farmer’s market the past couple weeks. I was very pleased when I asked the farmer if the corn was grown from gmo seeds and he said no.

    I love to shop at the farmer’s market and support the local farmers. I appreciate the healthy fresh food.

  5. Jennifer July 11, 2018

    My husband loves to go to the fresh produce stands. Thank you for the great tips.

  6. Carolyn B. Calhoun August 11, 2018

    I love this time of year with all the fresh fruits and vegetables available. But they are all tender babies and care must be taken to be sure they stay the best they can. Thanks for this blog to remind us of the care we must take with our fresh produce. How about a big ole’ slice of watermelon …wait ripe tomato first…no let’s have a handful of fresh berries. Decisions… decisions

  7. Connie June 23, 2020

    I love getting the fresh produce. Sometimes it is picked the same day or the day before I buy it! That doesn’t happen at the local grocery store.

    I always buy my produce at the Farmer’s market first. What I cannot buy there, I buy at the local grocery store later. Sometimes I can buy everything I need at the farmer’s market!

  8. Annette Whitworth June 24, 2020

    Thanks for this information.

  9. Marcia Maki June 25, 2020

    what is your take on Killer Dave’s thin sliced bread?

    • Melody Hord June 26, 2020

      Hi Marcia,
      Bread is something most people love. It has certainly become controversial. First of all, anything with wheat has gluten and there are many folks who believe gluten harms the GUT. Hallelujah Diet does allow wheat. However, for anyone who has digestive issues, they may want to try a gluten-free diet to see if that helps. One lady I talked with says that ALL grains cause adverse reactions in her body.
      Looking at the ingredients in the commercial bread you mentioned, they look OK….and organic is really good. It still makes one wonder ……why all the rise in gluten intolerance and even celiac disease. I found an article about how the process of HOW bread is made can affect the microbiome, which definitely affects one’s health. HERE is that link. Long fermentation and sourdough made a big difference!

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