1. Take comfortable easy-to-carry bags with you. As you purchase items put the denser, sturdier goods at the bottom and carefully place the more delicate ones on top;
2. Check the essentials when you arrive – locate the toilets, a place to buy water, and agree a meeting point in the event your group is split up.
3. Take cash – whilst most stalls will accept cards, they will be a charged a fee for this by the card company. These fees can quickly add up for a small business;
4. Don’t forget to check the weather – sun cream and an umbrella can make the difference between a memorable day and a disaster you never forget!;
5. “the early bird catches the worm” – arrive at opening time to get the best pick of produce for the day;
6. Producers love talking about their products – don’t be afraid to ask questions;
7. Take advantage of the free tasters but remember “never double dip!”;
8. Ask about multi-buy deals – most producers will offer savings if you purchase a certain amount with them;
9. Make a note of the products you enjoyed, so you can find them again next year; and
10. Finally – get social – follow, tag, share, and review the products you liked. Support on social media is invaluable for small businesses.