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

Market Stir fry


With the summer produce available in abundance we are featuring it in a series of food demonstrations during the market. We have had Pesto making by Gabriel Caplett of Duke’s Farm and Market Stir fry by Leanne Hatfield assisted by Aleut Hatfield of Seeds and Spores Family Farm. This Saturday  Andrew Sear from Diggs will be guest chef at the market this week. He will be highlighting quick pickling techniques as a way to enjoy and preserve the summer bounty. The full menu from last weeks demonstration is here: Seeds & Spores 8-12-17

Veggie Saute

Onions – slice
Savory Cabbage – slice
Fennel – chop
Peppers – mix of green, red, yellow and purple – chop
Zucchini – mix of green, striped, yellow and patty pan – chop
Green Beans – chop
Fresh Basil and Marjoram – chop
The important first step to create a quality stir fry is to wash, slice, chop all the vegetables prior to beginning to cook.
Add the sliced onions and savoy cabbage to hot pan with olive oil. Cook lightly, add the rest of the chopped veggies, stirring to cook. Cook to your desired texture. Remove the pan from the heat, season with salt and add the fresh herbs. the onions and cabbage may be slightly caramelized, but it is important not to overcook the remaining vegetables. The goal is to retain flavors, textures and colors. To finish off the stir fry, top with chopped fresh heirloom tomatoes and Crispy Kale.

Pan Roasted Crispy Kale

Wash and dry the kale. Remove the leaves from the thick center stem. Chop, then add the kale to a  hot, dry cast iron pan. Stir until it begins to get crispy, then stir in some olive oil (just a bit, you do not want it saturated or soggy) and salt before removing from the heat.


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