Alternative Forms of Payment

Market Money

Need cash? Come on over to the market kiosk. The market cashier will run your credit/debit card and give you market money, a special currency that can be spent with any vendor at market. Vendors give you U.S. currency in change. Market Money never expires, so you can use it on another visit to the market.

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 at the farmers market. Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are targeted to help meet their special nutritional needs.

What May Be Purchased With WIC Project FRESH Coupons?
Participants may buy Michigan grown fresh fruits and vegetables, but are especially encouraged to buy broccoli, carrots, potatoes, squash, peaches, apples and tomatoes. A variety of produce rich in vitamins A, C, and folic acid are emphasized. Current allowable herbs are: Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Grass, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Summer Savory, Sorrel, Tarragon and Thyme.

WIC Project FRESH is administered by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). Local health agencies and MSU Extension offices statewide deliver Project FRESH services to certified WIC participants.  For more information visit or you can call your local WIC agency.

Senior Market Fresh

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, known as Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH in Michigan, provides older adults who qualify, with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.

Qualified older adults and Wisewoman participants receive coupons that are used to purchase Michigan-grown produce at registered roadside stands and farmers markets.  Eligible items include: berries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans, honey, and more.

The program is free for both the participant and the farmer. It’s truly a win-win for Michigan farmers and older adults!

Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH originates from U.S. Department of Agriculture funding.  It is part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and these federal dollars come out of the federal Farm Bill. The program was designed to benefit both farmers and seniors.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the name for food stamps. In Michigan this program is also referred to as the 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.

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Foods for the household to eat, such as:
  • breads and cereals;
  • fruits and vegetables;
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products.
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

Double Up Food Bucks

When you use your SNAP Bridge Card to shop at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market (and other participating markets in the State of Michigan), the amount of money that you spend is matched with Double Up Food Bucks up to $20 per day. Double Up Food Bucks is money to be used to exclusively buy fruits and vegetables that have been grown in Michigan. This frees up the original Bridge card allocation to be used on other groceries found at the market, such as meat and bread and eggs. You do not need to spend all of your Double Up Food Bucks on the same day you get them. You can spend some and save some for another week.
For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, see below or you may visit

Q: How do I use my SNAP Bridge Card at a farmers’ market?

Most markets have a central location where a staff person can swipe your SNAP Bridge Card. You’ll tell the staff person how much you want to spend on your Bridge Card, and you’ll get that amount of Bridge Card tokens that you spend like cash with the vendors that sell eligible food items. Each farmers’ market issues its own unique Bridge Card tokens – these are worth $1 each, and are only good at the market where you received them. Vendors are not allowed to give you U.S. currency for Bridge Card tokens. Money is deducted from your Bridge Card account the day you get the tokens, whether or not you spend the tokens that day. If you don’t spend all your tokens, you have two options: you can get the amount you did not use returned onto your Bridge Card (you can not receive U.S. currency for the unused portion) , OR you can save them and use them later. Bridge Card tokens can be spent any time during the entire market season.

Q: How do I get Double Up Food Bucks tokens?

When you use your Bridge Card at a participating market, you’ll automatically get an equal value of silver Double Up Food Bucks tokens, up to $20 per market day.

Make sure you ask for an even number of Bridge Card tokens so we can give you the full benefit, since Double Up Food Bucks tokens are worth $2 each. If you ask for $15 in Bridge Card tokens, you’ll only get $14 in Double Up Food Bucks tokens, but if you ask for $16 in Bridge Card tokens, you’ll get $16 in Double Up Food Bucks tokens.

Q: What can I buy with my tokens?

A: You can spend your Double Up Food Bucks tokens on Michigan grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Look for vendors with a green “Double Up Food Bucks Accepted Here” sign. You can spend your Bridge Card tokens on: bread and cereals, fruits and vegetables (but use the Double Up Food Bucks tokens for this), meats, fish and poultry and dairy products, seeds for and plants that produce food.

Q: Why can I only buy Michigan -grown fruits and vegetables with my Double Up Food Bucks tokens?

Double Up Food Bucks is a program with two goals: to help low-income families’ access fresher, healthy foods AND to support local farmers. By spending your Double Up Food Bucks tokens on Michigan-grown products, you are helping support local farmers  and that helps support the local economy.

You can still use your regular Michigan Bridge Card tokens for other food items, like meats, cheeses, eggs and fresh breads from the other market vendors.

Q: Do I have to sign up for something?

A: No, just come to the market and use your Michigan Bridge Card. When you swipe your Michigan Bridge Card, the market staff person will record the last 4 digits of your Michigan Bridge Card account number – this is only so that we can track how many new customers are coming to the market to use  Double Up Food Bucks and how many times customers return.

Q: What if I don’t want to spend all my Double Up Food Bucks tokens today?

A: Keep them and use them next week! or at another visit at the market.  Double Up Food Bucks tokens are not refundable because they’re free.  Some people like to save up their tokens to use when their favorite fruits and vegetables are in season, and then buy large quantities to preserve.

Q: Why can I only get $20 per market day?

A: Double Up Food Bucks is funded from private donations, therefore it has a limited budget. We want as many people as possible to get the benefit of doubling their fruit and vegetable purchasing power, and the best way to do that is to limit the amount of tokens one person can get per market visit. You can come back every week to this market, and you can visit any other participating market, and you’ll get up to $20 matched at each and every visit from now through the end of the market season.

Q: Can I use Double Up Food Bucks tokens anywhere else?

A: You can! Besides the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, in the Upper Peninsula, there is the Munising Farmers’ and Artisan Market held at Bayshore Park, 100 Veterans Dr., Munising, MI held Tuesdays from 4-7 pm , through October. Menominee Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Corner of 1st & 8th Ave., Menominee, MI, held Saturdays from 9-1 through October  and Menominee County Farm and Food Exchange, VFW Hall, 3937 10th St., Menominee, MI held Saturdays 9-12, year around.  There over 70 markets in Michigan participating in Double Up Food Bucks as well – go to: to find the other sites.

Q: Is it really free?  Where does the money come from?

A: Yes, it’s really free. Double Up Food Bucks is a project of Fair Food Network, a nonprofit based in Ann Arbor, MI. Their goal is to get healthier food to local families while supporting local farmers. Funding comes from private foundations.

Q: What is an Michigan Bridge Card and how can I get one?

A: An Michigan Bridge Card is the common name for the electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card used by recipients of federal food assistance benefits in Michigan. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the new name for the federal food assistance program formerly called Food Stamps.

In order to qualify for an Michigan Bridge Card, you must meet certain requirements for income and expenses determined by the State of Michigan. To see if you qualify and apply for benefits, contact 906-228 -9691 .

For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, visit

DUFB is a project of Fair Food Network.

Hoophouses for Health
Vouchers are issued to households with children 0-8 years old that are registered with Head Start, MAREA’s early childhood education programs or YMCA’s child care programs. See your program administrator for enrollment information. Vouchers are used exclusively at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market to purchase Michigan grown fruits and vegetables and other qualified farm produced products from participating farmers. See market manager for additional information and a map of the participating farmers.

featured recipe

Roasted Beet Salad With Bacon Recipe

Beets are usually thought of as a fall/storage vegetable, but early in the season you can get young, small beets that are delicious. Use these sweet beets in a salad. This recipe calls for steaming the green, with the young greens, they are tender enough to enjoy raw, so steam, some if you’d like, but keep some raw, chopped on the plate with some other green and them pile the rest of the salad on top. there are a number of farmers who have meat and others that have beets and greens.

This is a simple yet tasty salad you can enjoy with an everyday meal. This is a great way to enjoy fresh beets of any type — feel free to use red beets, golden beets, or the red and white Chioggia variety.

You might want to roast the beets a day in advance — see below for instructions for roasting the beets in the slow cooker, tips and recipe variations as well as a few more flavor ideas.

total time: 75 mins  Prep: 15 mins  Cook: 60 mins  Yield: 4 Servings


  • 3 to 4 medium beets, with greens and stems
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 3 to 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash salt


  1. Cut stems and greens from the beetroots, leaving about 1/2-inch of the tops and the thicker part of the root end — about an inch — intact.
  2. Chop the beet greens and stems and put in a colander; rinse thoroughly and set aside.
  3. Heat oven to 400°F.
  4. Trim what’s left of stem ends off beets and discard; trim root ends. Scrub beets well. Drizzle beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil and rub over the beets. Wrap each beet in foil, leaving just a little opening at the top of each package for steam to escape.
  1. Place wrapped beets on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour until beets are very tender.
  2. When beets are cool enough to handle, rub the skin off and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Steam greens over simmering water or in the microwave until just wilted; arrange on a serving dish. Top greens and stems with the diced beets, then sprinkle with chopped red onion and bacon.
  4. In a small cup or bowl, whisk the red wine vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sugar, and salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Tips and Variations

  • How to roast beets in the slow cooker: Wash and trim the beets as above. Place a beetroot on a sheet of foil and rub all over with about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Wrap tightly in the foil and place in the slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining beets. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the beets are fork-tender. Unwrap and slip the skins off of the beets. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces and continue with the recipe.
  • Cooking with pancetta: Replace the bacon with 2 to 3 ounces of diced cooked pancetta.
  • Add cheese: Top the salad with some crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese.