Bring your own bag
“We really like that,” says Emily Best of New Morning Farm. “We
try to use as little plastic as possible.”
“If there’s something the farmer is out of, they can suggest a
substitution,” says Cedarbrook Farm’s David Ober.
“People can ask about the mushrooms, recipes, whatever they
want,” says Ferial Welsh of the Mushroom Stand.
“Bring small change,” says Dave Dowling, owner of Farmhouse
Flowers & Plants. “Don’t come with a $100 bill.”
Chat with fellow marketers
“Ask other people in line for advice,” says Sheilah Goodman of
Cedarbrook Farm. “Some of the best recipes and techniques come from
Stay glued to your phone
“Don’t talk on your cell phone when someone’s checking you
out,” says Tim Streightiff, a cashier at New Morning Farm.
“Ask before you start taking photographs,” says Susan Painter,
owner of the Red Zebra.
“Don’t haggle over prices,” says Dowling. “And don’t come at
the end of the day expecting a discount.”
“That annoys the hell out of people,” says Dolcezza co-owner
Robb Duncan. “We work the market over and over, and these people come
regularly every time. You’re on the radar!”
Leave your trash
“We have to take all our trash with us,” says Keswick Creamery
owner Melanie Dietrich-Cochran, who frequently finds large coffee cups in
the container she puts out for used toothpicks. “I end up taking a full
cooler of trash back—and all we have out is toothpicks.”