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.
Build your own pizza is a fun way to provide a meal to a group. Plenty of ingredients are available at the market, from the typical sausage and bacon to a more adventurous, like butternut squash with rosemary. Make your own crust or purchase a pre-made, heat up your oven and set out a variety of topping, can use up leftovers as well as fresh ingredients. Let your family and guests create a customized pizza.
Butternut Squash Pizzas with Rosemary
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place sliced onion and squash in a roasting pan. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; toss to coat.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until onions are lightly browned and squash is tender; set aside.
- Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). On a floured surface, roll each ball of dough into an 8 inch round. Place the rounds on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal (you may need 2 baking sheets depending on their size). Distribute squash mixture over the two rounds and continue baking for 10 minutes, checking occasionally, or until the crust is firm. Sprinkle with cheese and remaining tablespoon olive oil. Cut into quarters, and serve.
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