Shop Like an Urban Local: Farmer’s Market Tips You Don’t Know … Yet.

{ What are your Saturday plans?! Check out your local Public Market + come back with a haul like this. Shout out to Heather Saffer + her frosting empire, better known as Dollop Frosting! }

FARMER’S MARKETS

The Rochester. Public. Market.

AND EVERYTHING YOU DON’T KNOW.

I think by now — in this age of Farm-to-Table, Save Money, + Organic/Local Eating — we all know:

It’s the whole: haggle, baggle { bring your own tote }, shop around, find a tomato-guy spiel. Done + done. So whether you’re an O.G. of the underground or a Late Bloomer, I’m going to share some tips you might not know.

The pay-off?
Guaranteed, you will have more fun + find more value.
You will become 1 with the experience of your local Public and/or Farmer’s Market
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Last Saturday, I walked to the Rochester Public Market. I bought over 1 lb of locally raised ground beef, 1 dozen locally raised free range eggs, 5 lemons, 1 bunch of kale, 1 pint of cherries, 4 sweet potatoes, 1 eggplant, + I had a free tasting of locally made O’Begley’s whiskey … all for $23. Best part? I made friends + had an adventure doing it. Here’s how:

  1. Off the Beaten Path. Take the Road Less Traveled. Urban living, or not, chances are most of us live within walking distance to our local farmer’s markets. If so, don’t just walk — Explore.
    • Live a Little. I live in the NOTA section of Rochester, which means I’m probably .5 miles away from at least 5 ways to get to the Rochester Public Market. Taking the straight-and-narrow is just too damn bland.
    • Free Stuff. Last Saturday, I discovered 2 different Little Free Libraries on 2 different side streets. I even took a book!
    • Pretty Sites. I also imbibed the sites of quirky houses, colorful gardens, + cute cobblestone paths.
  2. Don’t be a Wallflower. Be Part of the Community. At the Public Market, you are family. Shoppers, farmers, sellers, buyers: it’s one big family festival of sights + sounds, tastes + smells.
    • Step Out. Crowds can overwhelm me, so last Saturday I was very guarded at first. Which is just fine! But so many cool things happened once I opened my face to the sun.
    • Talk to Strangers. I complimented a young lady on her gorgeous locks. As I walked away, she shouted to back to compliment my crazy curls! We both felt thrilled. Right after, another passerby chimed-in — That was really nice! — when she saw me pick up a stray piece of litter that swooped in front of my feet. Talk about friendly.
    • Support our Troops + Community. On the way out, I met a Vet who was giving away paper Poppy’s in request for a donation. He was sweet, funny, + he served our country. What can be more fulfilling than that?
  3. Be Curious, Not Cheap. You Don’t Always Have to HaggleThat is right. You don’t. Especially if you don’t feel comfortable, and especially if prices are already super low. Instead …
    • No Middle Man. Ask questions. Did you know that the woman who supplies all of Wegmans with their eggs has a stand at the Public Market?? Yup. She and her 700,000 { ! } chickens sell lots of eggs, including free-range, for near-half the price you’d find at the super market.
    • Local Meat. Same story for local meat from local farms. After asking some questions on quality, locality, and prices from the people at Heiden Valley Farms, I left with 1 fresh package of never-frozen, locally raised 80/20 ground beef. At these prices, it should be the only type of meat I eat. { Life goals. }
    • Seasonal Produce. Not every single last fruit + veg at your local public/farmer’s market will be from your surrounding area. And that’s okay! But, if you ask the right questions — you’ll discover that this California Kale will soon { 1 month } be replaced by locally grown NYS kale that was recently planted.
  4. Enjoy Yourself. Make Grocery Shopping Fun. The Rochester Public Market can do this. And yours can too. In fact, most public markets are more like festivals than they are chores. That’s because:
    • Brunch. You can grab gourmet, fresh coffee along with breakfast sandwiches and other brunch dishes for quick + for cheap.
    • Dine Solo. It’s super easy to still have a meal and some downtime, even when you are alone. Last Saturday, I grabbed a latte + a chair so I could sit + read before beginning my shopping spree.
    • Free Tastings. If your market is anything like ours’ here in Rochester, there’s going to be wine + liquor, and it’s going to be free. This past Saturday I tasted O’Begley’s locally made Poitin + Whiskey for the 1st time. It was great. And it was cool to learn about the product from the distiller, himself!

If you’re going to Shop Local, might as well do it like a Local. Which means laying down roots, having fun even if there’s no sun, falling in love with your City and Community, + saving a ton of green.

#RochesterPublicMarket.

#shoplocal.

Shop Local Rochester: Splurge + Save and Have a Thrifty Holiday.

{ Thrifted! Red velvet vintage dress from Treasure Trove Vintage on Park Avenue. }

GET

look good

THRIFTY

feel good

THIS HOLIDAY

#shoplocalroc

{ We have to do something for ourselves. Especially during the holidays. And we still want to save time + money, feel festive + fabulous! That’s why thrifty shopping in your holiday routine spices up the season, adds value to your time and money, + lets you do you. Something fierce. }

Get Thrifty.

HEART
And by heart, I mean appearance.

Appearance is the outward expression of our hearts. These 3 looks + 3 thrifty shopping spots show you how to save + feel flippin fancy while doing it.

#PROTIP: “Vintage” is defined as 20 years back. { 1994 is vintage! }

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Rest of my dress! Adorable back { butt } bow. (Not pictured.)

THE LOOK: MAD MEN – Pin-Up. Vintage Boutique.

WHY VINTAGE

  1. Quality. Vintage is higher quality. Better fit. Better wear. Bottom line.
  2. Affordable. The imitation is too expensive! Especially if you seek quality comparable to the original.
  3. Trend Factor. You want to look great, but you don’t want to go crazy on some trend you might never wear again. These pieces have stood the test of time for a reason! And, you can afford to buy more than one or get fancy with all the fixin’s.

THE PLACE

  • Treasure Trove Vintage: 121 Park Avenue, Suite 10 (Facing Meigs Street)
    • Dresses + Jewelry
    • Coats + Fur Coats
    • Jackets + Blazers
    • Hats + Gloves
    • Boots + Heels

{ BONUS: Owner, Morgan DeLapa, walks-the-walk, talks-the-talk, + can dish really sweet make-up recommendations! }

Louboutin at Panache.

Louboutin at Panache.

THE LOOK: BEYONCE / OLD MONEY – Glam. Consignment Shop.

WHY CONSIGNED

  1. Designer. Champagne tastes on a { fancy } beer budget? Panache accommodates + dazzles.
  2. Variety. Row upon row upon row of flat, wedge, heel, boot; fur coat, blazer, shurg; wristlet, clutch, bag. It’s never-ending .. and all so inviting!
  3. Fashion. Fashionista’s paradise. Whether you like vintage, disco, ’90’s, or now – Panache has your number. { Flower City Fashionista would know! }

THE PLACE 

{ BONUS: Designer-Designer labels. We’re talking Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Coach … you name it. }

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Brand name wrap dresses from VOA on Lake Avenue.

THE LOOK: STREET STYLETrendyThrift Store.

WHY THRIFT

  1. Quality. Thrift stores don’t take garbage. Know what you’re looking for, keep an open mind, + you will find gems that you boast about the rest of your known life.
  2. Get the Look. Create 3-5 new looks, easily, for less than the price of 1 at retail. Who doesn’t want a new holiday: skirt + top, dress + shrug, pant + blouse with matching shoe + bag for each?? With styles that cater specifically to the look you want.
  3. Price. Pay attention to tag sales + deals of the day so you know how to optimizes these options + still capture rock bottom prices.

THE PLACE 

{ BONUS: $.89 of EVERY DOLLAR goes toward VOA initiatives like the VOA Children’s Center + various Community Outreach. … Plus they have crazy low prices + incredible sales. }

OTHER GREAT SHOPS:

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With bff Laura (nee Reardon) Wagner, in 1950s handmade replica Bette Davis dress from film “All About Eve.”

#PROTIP: Don’t be scared to purchase gifts at consignment, vintage, + thrift stores.

HOME
Home is where the heart is … make it look good + feel good!

There are innumerable reasons I shop thrift for home goods + wares. And even more for why we all should thrift for holiday home goods + wares. Here are my top 3 reasons + spots:

Cheers! Wine glasses from Panache.

Cheers! … with a hint of charm. Wine glasses from Panache.

KITCHEN UTENSILS

  1. Serving Spoons. Potato Masher. Tea Kettle. These are just some items I find at almost every thrift store I go to.
  2. Bye-Bye Big Box. Why go to a big-box when you can easily find what you need, for less?
  3. The Character Factor. Come on. Who doesn’t want a story behind their kitchen ware??

{ BONUS: Check-out any local thrift store. One of my favorites is Ruly on Monroe Ave. }

  • Ruly: 270 Monroe Avenue (Between Union + Alexander)

FESTIVE DISH WARE + GLASSES

  1. Unique. Find glasses + mugs, place settings + cake plates that you just won’t find anywhere else.
  2. Host + Gift. What better way to decorate a holiday table than to allow guests to take home their glasses at the end of the eve?
  3. Mix + Match. Get creative with your decor when you can pair several different pieces for an occasion with your unique stamp.

{ BONUS: Panache has a Home + Design store, too! … With 3 designers who curate. }

STATEMENT PIECES

  1. One Time + Timeless. You don’t have to feel guilt about using these pieces just once! Go crazy + buy the trendy piece. Or, at the same time, find a classic vase or candle holder + relish that it can be used any time of year or every holiday season.
  2. Love Each Room. Deck the halls, y’all. All of them. No need to feel proud about just the mantle over the fireplace or just the “Christmas Tree Room.” Get your deck on the whole house through!
  3. Get a Lil’ Funky. It’s okay to experiment. Add a pop of color with a thrift store pieces – and the fear associated with “failing” completely melts away. It’s true.

{ BONUS: Hidden gems exist. Rochester has them … and I also love Canandaigua! }

  • Main Street: My fav antique shop closed! (But Main St. Canandaigua has some true gems.)
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Brande new glass ornaments from Panache. Great for party favors!

be merry, be bright

Make a Pledge to You. Treat yourself this holiday. And give back to your community. This can be your Shop Local Rochester pledge!

#getthrifty

#roc the holiday

#shoplocalroc

XO.