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

Roasted Beet Salad With Bacon Recipe


Beets are usually thought of as a fall/storage vegetable, but early in the season you can get young, small beets that are delicious. Use these sweet beets in a salad. This recipe calls for steaming the green, with the young greens, they are tender enough to enjoy raw, so steam, some if you’d like, but keep some raw, chopped on the plate with some other green and them pile the rest of the salad on top. there are a number of farmers who have meat and others that have beets and greens.

This is a simple yet tasty salad you can enjoy with an everyday meal. This is a great way to enjoy fresh beets of any type — feel free to use red beets, golden beets, or the red and white Chioggia variety.

You might want to roast the beets a day in advance — see below for instructions for roasting the beets in the slow cooker, tips and recipe variations as well as a few more flavor ideas.

total time: 75 mins  Prep: 15 mins  Cook: 60 mins  Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 medium beets, with greens and stems
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 3 to 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash salt

Instructions:

  1. Cut stems and greens from the beetroots, leaving about 1/2-inch of the tops and the thicker part of the root end — about an inch — intact.
  2. Chop the beet greens and stems and put in a colander; rinse thoroughly and set aside.
  3. Heat oven to 400°F.
  4. Trim what’s left of stem ends off beets and discard; trim root ends. Scrub beets well. Drizzle beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil and rub over the beets. Wrap each beet in foil, leaving just a little opening at the top of each package for steam to escape.
  1. Place wrapped beets on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour until beets are very tender.
  2. When beets are cool enough to handle, rub the skin off and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Steam greens over simmering water or in the microwave until just wilted; arrange on a serving dish. Top greens and stems with the diced beets, then sprinkle with chopped red onion and bacon.
  4. In a small cup or bowl, whisk the red wine vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sugar, and salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Tips and Variations

  • How to roast beets in the slow cooker: Wash and trim the beets as above. Place a beetroot on a sheet of foil and rub all over with about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Wrap tightly in the foil and place in the slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining beets. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the beets are fork-tender. Unwrap and slip the skins off of the beets. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces and continue with the recipe.
  • Cooking with pancetta: Replace the bacon with 2 to 3 ounces of diced cooked pancetta.
  • Add cheese: Top the salad with some crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese.

 

 

 

 


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