Why should a Rochester farmers market be part of your regular routine, now that the weather is nicer out and more foods than ever are being harvested? Go to a Rochester farmers market to talk with vendors. Nowhere else are you afforded the opportunity to come up close and personal with the people making the foods that end up on your dinner table. When you buy foods at the grocery store, the manufacturers are not there to answer your questions, but they are there at a Rochester public market. Ask questions off the cuff or bring a list of questions that have crossed your mind before about these foods, like whether pesticides are used, what the process is to create these foods, and how long it takes to get from farm to table.
Visit a Rochester farmers market to get unique items. Your local food store may only have a few different kinds of fruits and vegetables, or only a brand or two of honey or of jams and jellies. But the people at a Rochester farmers market have lots of great foods for sale, many of which are entirely unique and not found at local grocery stores. So expand your taste buds and your palette by eating some of the foods you find here. The bonus is that many of these items can be taste tested while you are at the Rochester market.
Attend a Rochester farmers market for the informational seminars that many vendors host. There usually are classes and other free opportunities to learn how to make certain foods with the items that are found at the market. Expand your kitchen repertoire by participating in these classes, which usually are held during the middle of the market and usually involve the foods that are commonly found there during that point in the season.
Make a Rochester farmers market part of your weekly shopping experience to help the environment. Buy what you can at a Rochester farmers market and then supplement it with goods purchased at your local food store. In completing your shopping this way, you help cut down on environmental impact because the foods available at a market in town did not travel very far to get there, nor were they mass produced in any way. In many cases, this leads to better tasting food too, so you help yourself out and help the environment out at the same time.