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

Vinegar-Based Carolina Slaw Recipe


It’s that time of year when all the best food is served to wish you and yours Happy Holidays. When you will be serving a crowd, or just like to have some easy, delicious food on hand for these busy days, think pulled pork in the crock pot. And cabbage slaw as a perfect side dish or topping to pulled pork sandwiches. Shop the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market for small farm raised meat and  storage vegetables for your festive meals and to have some locally grown food for the winter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cabbage (finely shredded –see below for chopping advice)
  • 1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots (grated or julienned)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or as desired)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (such as corn oil, grapeseed, safflower, peanut, or canola)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup vinegar (white or apple cider)

Prepare the Vegetables

  1. Combine the shredded cabbage, chopped bell pepper and onions and the grated or julienne carrots in a large serving bowl.

Make the Dressing

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, salt, oil, dry mustard, celery seed, pepper, and vinegar and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer, frequently stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Cool slightly, then pour over the vegetables and toss well.
  1. Cover and refrigerate the coleslaw until thoroughly chilled.

Notes

If you like a dressing that tends to the sour side, add the sugar to the vinegar mixture last, tasting as you go until you have the sweet-sour balance desired.

How to Shred or Chop Cabbage

  • Cut a slice off the stem end of the cabbage and set it, the flat stem end down, on a cutting board.
  • With a sharp chef’s knife, slice the cabbage into quarters, slicing from top to bottom.
  • Cut the core out of each quarter with a sharp knife.
  • Slice each cabbage wedge crosswise or lengthwise into thin strips, depending on how long you want the shreds. If desired, chop the shreds for a finer coleslaw or to add to soup.
  • Shreds should be quite thin (around 1/8 inch) for coleslaw, thicker (1/4 to 1/2 inch) for soups and other recipes.
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings

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