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7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers’ Market Visit

by Real Team 360

With the rise of sustainability and “locavore” movements, farmers’ markets are growing in popularity almost everywhere you look. Farmers’ markets are a great way to lay hands on some of the freshest fruits and vegetables while supporting farmers and their families right in your community.

If you’ve never shopped a farmers’ market before, don’t be intimidated! Below are some helpful tips to make your experience fun, affordable, and convenient:

1. Be sure to bring small cash bills (and change, if you have it). Typically ATM/Debit cards are not accepted. Payment is usually handled at farmers’ stands, not through a check-out line.

2. Having your hands free is a big plus, so consider carrying a fanny pack for securely storing your money. (Prevents you from having to put your wallet down... a big reason wallets get lost!)

3. Old strollers can make for handy shopping carts, plus they fold up nicely for transport to/from the market. Don’t forget any reusable bags you may have at home, too!

4. Don’t haggle for small lots of fruits and veggies. Looking to buy a big box? Then you might suggest a deal.

5. Some of the best tasting fruit may not look waxy and “supermarket fresh.” Don’t let this deter you. Often quality fruit from the farm is never shipped to supermarkets because it’s fragile. Handle gently, and don’t be afraid of minor cosmetic flaws. 

6.If you want to ask farmers lots of questions, try to time your visit for very early when the market isn’t slammed.

7. Remember that fresh means seasonal! Go with an open mind, not a “must have” list. Part of the pleasure is discovering what’s at its peak and getting creative with ingredients.

We are fortunate to live in a county with numerous farmers markets throughout the week! Visit http://www.slocountyfarmers.org/ for the latest schedule. 


When it comes to purchasing a new home, the majority of renters say that it will at least be in the same county, if not the same neighborhood! 

Home Improvement Projects

by CAR

One out of five homeowners took on some type of remodeling project within the past year. Of those people, 70% are more likely to have a remodeled kitchen and 68% are more likely to have updated their landscaping. 

Lower Water Bills and Conserve for the Future

by Real Team 360

Water is our most precious resource. As our planet becomes more crowded and the demand for clean drinking water grows, it’s increasingly important that we look for creative ways to reduce needless waste. You might underestimate how small changes can really add up. Did you know simply by turning off the water while you brush your teeth, you may save up to as much as 25 gallons per month? (A great way to make this point with kids is to show them at the grocery store what 25 gallons of milk looks like... that’s a lot of water!) Even shortening your shower by two minutes can add up to 150 gallons per month.

Below are some creative tips you can use to cut down on your water consumption, lower your water bills, and preserve a resource we truly can’t live without:

  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. Instead of waiting for cold water, every drop ends up as part of your drink.
  • Wash veggies and fruits in a pan of water, then gather the water you use and reuse it to water indoor plants.
  • Consider installing an instant water heater near your kitchen, so you don’t have to run the water excessively when you need hot water. (This can also reduce overall energy expenses.)
  • Remember: Washing dark clothes in cold water saves on both water and energy, and it helps your clothes retain their vibrancy.
  • Rather than following a set watering schedule for your lawn and garden, check for soil moisture two to three inches below the surface before watering. If it’s still moist, hold off on running those sprinklers.
  • Reduce the amount of lawn you have to water by practicing xeriscaping, which is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. (Rocks, natural, local vegetation, etc.)
  • Does your shower fill a 1-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds? Replace your shower head with a water-efficient model.

Share these seven tips with others and encourage people in your neighborhood to join you in your support of water conservation!

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Paso Robles CA 93446
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