Market Info

Types of Payments accepted/distributed at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

ACCEPTED:

Cash

Credit/Debit cards converted to Market Money

We can run your credit/debit cards at the market information tent and give you market money, a special currency that can be spent with any vendor at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Vendors give U.S. Currency in change

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP/EBT

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the name for food stamps. In Michigan this program is also referred to as the Michigan Bridge Card. Those who meet income eligibility requirements are allotted a set amount of money each month, on their Bridge Card, to help them purchase food.

Project FRESH

WIC Project FRESH is a program that makes fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers, through Michigan farmers’ markets. Women and children up to age 5 (excluding infants) currently enrolled in the WIC program can get coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables to use at the farmers market. Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are targeted to help meet their special nutritional needs.

For more information click here or you can call your local WIC agency.

Senior Market FRESH

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) awards grants to states, United States territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. To learn more, click here If you think you are eligible to participate contact your local senior center for your community’s individual program information.

DISTRIBUTED:

Double Up Food Bucks

An exciting program the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market participates in that matches up to $20.00/week for people who use their SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Each time a SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card recipient uses their card at market, we give them double the amount of money they ran the card for up to $20.00. Example, if a Bridge card is swiped for $10, our grant funding enables us to give out an additional $10.00 for a total of $20.00 in food purchasing tokens and only $10.00 came off the customers Bridge Card. The Double Up Food Bucks tokens are used exclusively for fresh, Michigan grown produce sold at the market. This frees up the original Bridge card allocation to be used on other groceries found at the market, such as eggs,  meat and bread. For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, you may visit here.

Hoophouses for Health

Families with children 0-8 years old who are registered with AMCAB Head Start, YMCA young child programs or MARESA Early Childhood programs are eligible to receive $16/month/household member to use at participating farmers booth at the market. Vouchers valid through the end of the calendar year.

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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