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If your trip to the local farmers market sounds a little something like this:
"To market, to market, to buy a fat fig! Dagnabbit ... where's that produce stand we like again? Wait - you're out of figs? B-but, but, but what are we supposed to stuff with the goat cheese we just bought? The recipe calls for figs! FIGS! Ohhhh, the humanity! Dinner is ruined!"
... Then, you might need to (1) take a Xanax, and (2) re-evaluate how you shop for food - which is why we've enlisted the guidance of a farmers market regular.
Meet your friendly tour guide: Melissa Perello is the executive chef and owner of Frances Restaurant in San Francisco, California, which was nominated in the "Best New Restaurant" category by the James Beard Foundation in 2010 and awarded its first star in the 2011 Bay Area Michelin Guide. Perello has also be named one of Food & Wine magazine's "Best New Chefs," as well as a James Beard "Rising Star Chef" nominee three years in a row.
How to Get the Most of Your Visit to the Farmers Market: Melissa Perello
2. Go early
3. Taste samples and talk to other shoppers
4. Use your senses
5. Be flexible
Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.