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

Spring Panzanella with Asparagus


<p>Recipes for panzanella (a Florentine bread salad popular in the summer) typically call for tomatoes, but in the spring, Mike Lata prefers using seasonal ingredients like asparagus and radishes.</p><p><b>Recipe: </b><a href="/recipefinder/spring-panzanella-asparagus-recipe-fw0412" target="_blank"><b>Spring Panzanella with Asparagus</b></a></p>
Spring is here and the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market opens on Saturday May 26. There will be lots to see, familiar vendors and new ones too. With a couple of pantry ingredients on hand, and what you can find at the market, this recipe will be easy to make and has satisfying crunch of fresh local greens, richness of local eggs. Add some cooked meat if you like and enjoy all that the market has to offer.
Ingredients
large eggs
slice peasant bread
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 lb. fat asparagus
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 c. packed young mustard greens or chicory
1/2 small red onion
1/4 lb. ricotta salata
watermelon radish or 2 large red radishes
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the eggs in a saucepan of water and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Simmer for 6 minutes. Drain the saucepan and fill it with cold water. Crack the eggs all over and let stand in the water for 1 minute. Peel and thickly slice the eggs; the yolks will be barely cooked but not runny.
  • Spread the bread pieces on a baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil. Bake for about 12 minutes, until crisp.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the asparagus until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain, cool and cut the asparagus in half lengthwise.
  • In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of oil with the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus, toasted bread, greens, onion, and cheese. Drizzle with the dressing and toss. Garnish with the eggs and radish and serve.
© PAUL COSTELLO