Farmer's Market Trip

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful week and are having a nice, relaxing weekend. I spent my morning venturing to the local farmer's market for some fun and local goodies with a few friends. Here are a few frugal tips for you when you go to the farmer's market!

Shop around
Don't buy tomatoes at the first booth you see them. Walk around and comparison shop to find the best product at the best price!

I recommend only using cash when you visit the farmer's market. Take an envelope with cash to serve as your budget - when it's gone, stop shopping!

"Season Shop"
In order to save money and enjoy fresher food, buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Check out this local food list to see when the best time to purchase your favorite produce is!

Reusable Bag
Bringing your own bag is a great way to keep all your purchases together! Some vendors may not have bags or charge extra for bags so this is a great way to cut down on costs while being eco-friendly!

Shop late
Vendors will want to get rid of their products before they leave for the day and might give you a discount in an effort to not take anything back home! Try shopping late in the day or during rainy weather to snag some great deals!

I knew it was going to be a hot and humid day so I brought along my Pure Leaf Tea I received complimentary from Influenster in my Vitality VoxBox for testing and review purposes to keep me hydrated. Even though you can't tell in the pictures above, it was suppose to rain all day (hints the rainboots). I am SO glad it didn't but I do wish it had been a little cooler outside.

I have tried Pure Leaf tea before, but have never purchased the unsweetened kind. Honestly, I was a little scared I wouldn't like it as much as I do the sweetened flavor but I was pleasantly surprised. It was perfect for the situation since I needed to stay hydrated while walking around. I especially love how refreshing and healthy it is for you! No calories, sugar, sodium, fat... how awesome is that?! You can order a pack of 12 bottles here for about $25 for larger bottles which is a deal compared to what you will pay at the store!

I also love what Pure Leaf is doing right now through Love of Leaves supporting Wholesome Wave, a non-profit organization that aims to increase affordability and access to healthy, locally grown food in underserved urban and rural communities. For every picture that is tweeted or instagrammed (& geotagged) at a local farmer's market using the hashtag #LoveofLeaves, Pure Leaf will donate $1 to Wholesome Wave. Check out this video to learn more! (@PureLeaf, #LoveofLeaves, #contest)

Since I was drinking healthy, I decided to treat myself to a homemade cinnamon bun! (I am such a balanced eater!) I also bought some fresh cut flowers so I have something beautiful to look at during the crazy week I am about to endure. 

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