Does your kitchen look like this? I'm trying to get one more round of maters canned this morning but.....
...it turned out I was one jar short of a full canner. I think I've heard this before about myself.. hum...
Anyway this batch of maters is a great reminder to stop at farmstands and ask if they have anything they will make you a deal on... I got a half a box of tomatoes for just $3. All I had to do was ask.
Some folks are hesitant about asking either because they are shy or because they don't feel right doing it. Believe me, that farmer is happy to get their stuff cleared out. And the worst thing they can say is "no." The best is that you'll get a deal, make a new friend, and probably become known as someone they will call when they have more stuff.
If you're nervous - just cowboy up and give it a chance. Use this tried and true method: Pull yourself together, have your foldin' money in your hard, slap on a BIG smile, and march up to the proprietor, and say....
"Hi! Do you have anything that's too ugly or too ripe to sell?"
Or if you are a professional, you can do it OFG style, pull into their lot in a big work truck, gravel flyin, tumble out of the cab in your dirty shirt and your work boots, mosey on up to the stand, and announce boldly..
"Say Friend, whatcha got that you can make me a deal on today?"
Whatever you do, don't mumble, be demanding, or rude...smile smile smile and if they say "not today" then say "Alrighty then, thank you very much!"
If you feel like you're "taking their money" then for heavens sakes, buy more stuff. Or put in a an order for something else and tell them you'll be back on Tuesday.
I'm telling you this works. I read an article somewhere that said NOT to try and negotiate. Are you kidding? Everything in life is negotiable. I know someone who regularly negotiates retail prices on the darnedest things. No one selling produce is going to pass up an opportunity to move their merchandise.. except maybe your big, chain grocery store and that produce guy will look at you like you've lost your mind.
But everyone else is happy to make a sale. And if they don't have anything - thats just fine. More than likely tho, the next time you roll up to their stand they'll come running out waving their arms and say "Hey! look what I've got for you today!"
Happy Thursday everyone! So whatcha waiting for? Get out there and get yourself a deal on something to can can can!