Your local farmers’ market is a wonderful place. I remember going to ours a few years back, and coming home with tons of apples very cheaply. It was toward closing time, and the farmer who I purchased them from had wanted to leave early.
Others have mentioned this sort of thing happening over the years. My guess is that they make what they hope to make, have a long ride home, and don’t want to pack everything up again to bring back home. Their families may already have what they need from the harvest. They may also have an over abundance of some of their produce.
It is very kind of them to do this, at any rate.
Take advantage of these farmers’ markets if you can. Try showing up about an hour before closing and see what happens. You may be able to show up even earlier, or as little as a half-an-hour before closing, depending on your area, and be able to walk away with more.
This year I noticed that the farmers had a lot of zucchini, each about the size of a cucumber, at 3 or 4 for $1.00. I purchased a bunch of these and brought them home to freeze. They will be used for muffins, breads, and cakes throughout the winter. (I will make another post on how to do this.)