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.
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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