Shopping at Market- Helpful Hints

1. Bring small bills

Bringing small bills makes your transactions go faster. The market does offer use of a credit card machine, located at the market information kiosk. Credit and debit cards can be swiped to get market money that is accepted by all vendors.

2. Bring your own bags

You can bring your own shopping bag, maybe more than one. You may end up going home with more food than they anticipated.

3. Consider leaving Fido home

Dogs are not permitted in the plaza area of the market due to health department regulations. We do understand there are those who look forward to visiting the market when they walk their four legged family member on Saturday mornings. The Downtown Development Authority has created a doggie tie-up area on the west end of the market, beyond the bike racks. We ask that you only utilize this area if your dog is friendly and will be OK left on its own while you shop.  Service animals are allowed.

4. Think Seasonally

We live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our growing season is short.  We do have produce to purchase all market season long though.  Look at the market as a chance to get to know the seasonality of U.P. produce and taste new, delicious, and healthy foods. If you see something you don’t recognize ask the farmer. They enjoy talking about their products and can make suggestion on how to use/cook their produce. You can also stop at the market kiosk. We can help identify products and find recipes. In fact, there are new recipes available every week so feel free to stop by any time to see what’s new.

5. Plan ahead… but also be spontaneous

If you visit the market each week, you’ll have some idea of what to expect the next week. So do a little loose meal planning. It will help minimize wasting produce that you bought on a whim. That said, if green beans come in a little early and surprise you at market, grab them while you can!

6. Dress comfortably

It’s an outdoor market and we are open every Sat. May 20- December 16, 2017. We are open regardless of the weather. All of the vendors work very hard all season preparing for each week to have product for the market, so dress as needed and come shop, have fun and eat delicious food.

7. Be mindful

There are a lot of fun things to look at or watch at the farmers market. There are also curbs, strollers, cords for electricity, tent poles… Enjoy the scenery and energy of the market but be mindful as well. We want to avoid all accidents. Should there be an accident, go to the market kiosk  for help or for complaints/suggestions.

8. Try walking or biking to the market

Lots of people travel from quite a distance to attend the market and have to park. Even with all the parking around us, enough people attend market that parking gets tight. If possible, consider walking or bicycling to the market. Get your exercise, healthy food, and fun all at once!

9. Come early for popular items

If you wait all year for upper peninsula grown strawberries you better get up early when they come into season. Popular items with a short season sell out fast. There also might not be as much available at the beginning and end of an items particular growing season. Coming early ensures you get the products you want…instead of just what’s left.

10. Make it a family affair

The market is a wonderful family event. Bringing your children to market encourages healthy eating and teaches them about the seasonality of food. Letting a child pick one food that the family will eat that week helps include them in family decision making. Classes, food demonstrations, music, and recipes also add to the market experience. Watch the website and Facebook for details about upcoming events at the market.

featured recipe

Vinegar-Based Carolina Slaw Recipe


It’s that time of year when all the best food is served to wish you and yours Happy Holidays. When you will be serving a crowd, or just like to have some easy, delicious food on hand for these busy days, think pulled pork in the crock pot. And cabbage slaw as a perfect side dish or topping to pulled pork sandwiches. Shop the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market for small farm raised meat and  storage vegetables for your festive meals and to have some locally grown food for the winter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cabbage (finely shredded –see below for chopping advice)
  • 1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots (grated or julienned)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or as desired)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (such as corn oil, grapeseed, safflower, peanut, or canola)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup vinegar (white or apple cider)

Prepare the Vegetables

  1. Combine the shredded cabbage, chopped bell pepper and onions and the grated or julienne carrots in a large serving bowl.

Make the Dressing

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, salt, oil, dry mustard, celery seed, pepper, and vinegar and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer, frequently stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Cool slightly, then pour over the vegetables and toss well.
  1. Cover and refrigerate the coleslaw until thoroughly chilled.

Notes

If you like a dressing that tends to the sour side, add the sugar to the vinegar mixture last, tasting as you go until you have the sweet-sour balance desired.

How to Shred or Chop Cabbage

  • Cut a slice off the stem end of the cabbage and set it, the flat stem end down, on a cutting board.
  • With a sharp chef’s knife, slice the cabbage into quarters, slicing from top to bottom.
  • Cut the core out of each quarter with a sharp knife.
  • Slice each cabbage wedge crosswise or lengthwise into thin strips, depending on how long you want the shreds. If desired, chop the shreds for a finer coleslaw or to add to soup.
  • Shreds should be quite thin (around 1/8 inch) for coleslaw, thicker (1/4 to 1/2 inch) for soups and other recipes.
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings

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