I’ve always been a bit shy, especially when needing to speak up in a crowd. A super embarrassing story from my childhood is that in first grade I was SO shy that I couldn’t bring myself to raise my hand and ask to be dismissed to the bathroom… like ever… you can imagine how that usually ended. Not well, my friend, not well. The reason I’m sharing this piece of personal history is because just as ridiculous as it was for me to not tell my teacher I needed to leave for the restroom, it is absolutely ridiculous if you don’t ask the very people being paid to take care of the produce you buy, What is freshest? How should I cook it? What is your favorite today? The interactions and knowledge you can gain from grocers and farmers about the food you buy can be invaluable, and may be the difference between an ok dish and an amazing one! So that is why you should Always Ask.
Of course, not all grocers and farmers will have equally great insight to share, but the more you ask and try their suggestions, the closer you will get to a new friend who you can trust to steer you to the best fish, the ripest tomatoes, or a new ingredient you have yet to try.