Tips for Shopping

1. Bring small bills

Bringing small bills makes your transactions go faster.  The market does offer use of a credit card machine at the market 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 bags. There are some paper and plastic bags at the market kiosk. If you have extra shopping bags, many vendors will appreciate them as a donation.

3. Consider leaving your pets at home

We do understand those who look forward to visiting the market while they walk their four legged family member on Saturday mornings. The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is licensed as a food establishment, that means that pets are not permitted on the plaza where the market is held. Please utilize the doggie tie-up hitch at 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. You may also consider having a friend or family member stay outside of the market plaza with your dog as you shop. Please do not leave dogs in a vehicle unattended for long periods of time. Service dogs are  permitted.

4. Think Seasonally

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our growing season is short. We do have produce to purchase all market season long though, so 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 are all very happy to tell you about their produce and give suggestions on preparation and storage. You may also visit the market kiosk, there is a notebook of recipes.

5. Plan ahead… but be spontaneous, too

When you visit the market, you’ll get an idea of what to expect the next week, too. 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

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is an outdoor event. We are open every Saturday, May 20 through December 16, 2017 regardless of the weather. Vendors have worked hard preparing for the season and each week to have product available for the market. So dress as needed, come shop and have fun.

7. Be mindful

There is 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 too. 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

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is located on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, a blacktopped multi use path in the heart of Downtown Marquette. When possible, consider walking or riding your bike to the market you will get your exercise, healthy food, and fun all at once! Lots of people travel from quite a distance to attend market and have to park. Even with all the parking around us, enough people attend market that parking gets tight.

9. Come early for popular items

Popular items with a short season sell out fast. There also might not be as much available at the start and end of a particular items growing season. Coming early ensures you get the products you want.

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 at least one food that the family will eat during the week helps include them in family decision making.  Food demonstrations and music also add to the market experience. Watch the market website and Facebook facebook.com/downtownmarquettefarmersartistsmarket/  for details on upcoming events.

featured recipe

Garden Huckleberry Pie


This Saturday, October 21 there will be a cooking demonstration featuring Garden Huckleberries. Mary Rabine of Reh-Morr Farm will be the vendor cook. Reh-Morr Farm grows Garden Huckleberries and Mary wants to introduce customers to this lesser know fruit. Garden huckleberries are best used cooked and commonly as syrup, jam/jelly or in pies.

The Garden Huckleberry is different from the wild huckleberry that grows out west in Montanan and Wyoming. Garden huckleberry is an annual plant from the nightshade family.  It is started from seed approximately 2 weeks after tomato and pepper are planted. Garden Huckleberries are large, very robust plants.  They grow to be about 3-4 tall, and have a similar growth habit as a large pepper, although they produce longer branches. All along the branches, clusters of berries form, turning from green to black when fully ripened. The mature berries are about the size of a big blueberry and have a tough, almost leathery skin. Each plant will produce upwards of a gallon (maybe more) of fruit in a growing season.

INGREDIENTS

  • cups garden huckleberry
  • 12cups sugar
  • 1teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • tablespoon butter
  • lemon, juice of
  • tablespoons cornstarch
  • pie crusts (either store bought or your own recipe)
 DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Stem, wash and drain huckleberries.
  3. Place berries in a heavy pot, cover with cold water and bring to a slow boil.
  4. Cook until soft.
  5. Drain; mash berries with a potato masher to break their skins.
  6. Add sugar, nutmeg, salt, butter, lemon juice and cornstarch.
  7. Cook for about five minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
  8. Place pastry for bottom crust in pie pan.
  9. Pour in the berry mixture and dot with butter.
  10. Cover with top crust, crimping crust edges to seal and piercing top crust all over with a fork to allow steam to escape.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes or until the crust is a light brown.
  12. Cool.

Recipe by mollypaul     http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/garden-huckleberry-pie-395744


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