Shopping at Market- Helpful Hints

1. Bring small bills

Bringing small bills makes your transactions go faster. The market does offer use of a credit card machine, located at the market information 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 bag, maybe more than one. You may end up going home with more food than they anticipated.

3. Consider leaving Fido home

Dogs are not permitted in the plaza area of the market due to health department regulations. We do understand there are those who look forward to visiting the market when they walk their four legged family member on Saturday mornings. The Downtown Development Authority has created a doggie tie-up area on 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.  Service animals are allowed.

4. Think Seasonally

We live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our growing season is short.  We do have produce to purchase all market season long though.  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 enjoy talking about their products and can make suggestion on how to use/cook their produce. You can also stop at the market kiosk. We can help identify products and find recipes. In fact, there are new recipes available every week so feel free to stop by any time to see what’s new.

5. Plan ahead… but also be spontaneous

If you visit the market each week, you’ll have some idea of what to expect the next week. 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

It’s an outdoor market and we are open every Sat. May 20- December 16, 2017. We are open regardless of the weather. All of the vendors work very hard all season preparing for each week to have product for the market, so dress as needed and come shop, have fun and eat delicious food.

7. Be mindful

There are 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 as well. 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 to the market

Lots of people travel from quite a distance to attend the market and have to park. Even with all the parking around us, enough people attend market that parking gets tight. If possible, consider walking or bicycling to the market. Get your exercise, healthy food, and fun all at once!

9. Come early for popular items

If you wait all year for upper peninsula grown strawberries you better get up early when they come into season. Popular items with a short season sell out fast. There also might not be as much available at the beginning and end of an items particular growing season. Coming early ensures you get the products you want…instead of just what’s left.

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 one food that the family will eat that week helps include them in family decision making. Classes, food demonstrations, music, and recipes also add to the market experience. Watch the website and Facebook for details about upcoming events at the market.

featured recipe

Oven Roasted Beets and Sweets


 Beets grow well in our climate and store well. And they provide a beautiful red on a holiday table! Roasting with other vegetables is a quick, delicious way to enjoy beets. When you want them raw, grate them  and use on a salad or other side dish.
 Oven Roasted Sweets and Beets. A beautiful veggie side dish for your next dinner!

This recipe serves 6

5-6 medium beets, peeled and diced
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Place mixture on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir the mixture. Bake for an additional 20 minutes or until fork tender.
 Nutrition Information:
125 calories, 2 g protein, 20 g carbohydrate,
5 g fat, 283 mg sodium, 4 g fiber
 TIPS:
How to select:
Choose beets with firm, smooth skin and leaves that are not wilted (if still attached.) Smaller beets are more tender and sweeter than larger beets.
 How to Store:
Remove the leaves, keeping about one inch of the stems. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and wash well before cooking
 When cooking beets whole, roasting beets with their skin on helps keep the nutrients and the color. The skin will easily rub off under cold running water after they are cooked. To clean your beet juice-stained fingers, rub with some salt and lemon juice, then wash with soap and water.
 Recipe by Linnea Redinger
from FRESH-Seasonal-TASTY Farmers Market Cookbook, Learning Zone Xpress
Photo credit:  https://www.superhealthykids.com/oven-roasted-sweets-beets/