1. Arrive early. Or arrive late. At the CNY Regional Market in Syracuse, this means up and at 'em bright and early on Saturdays for a 7 a.m. shopping spree. This is when the fish monger has his best and brightest selections available. And you'll appreciate the emptier aisles. On the flip side, there are advantages to shopping later, too. The selection might not be the best, but some vendors discount their goods as closing time approaches so they don't have to cart everything away.
7. Purchase things other than produce, if your budget allows. Markets in Central New York cast a wide net for local producers and vendors with a wide range of items. You'll find eggs, cheeses, yogurt, breads, bagels, baklava, cookies, coffee, shortbread and other baked goods, pasta, granola, hummus, honey, meat, maple syrup, jams, jellies, spices, sauces, salsa, chocolate, peanut brittle -- I'm getting hungry! The list goes on and on and on.
10. Know your farmer, know your food … and try something NEW! Never had kale? Kohlrabi? Garlic scapes? Spaghetti squash? Bison meat? Be adventurous! Ask the grower or vendor for advice on how to store, prepare and cook what they're selling.