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

The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market is licensed as a food establishment, this allows customers to taste the food from a cooking demonstration. Therefore, 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 in the market area.

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 Information tent. 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 on file.

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 strawberries 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 25- December 14, 2019. 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 Information kiosk for help (also 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! Also, remember parking is available on Main St., on the east side of the Marquette Commons.

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

Roasted Red Kuri Squash + Tart Cherries


Four more outdoor weeks, then 7 indoor markets providing  direct access to locally grown food from the farmers at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. There is an abundance of squash varieties. All of them taste great and can be prepared in different ways; roasted or steamed. Usually when eating winter squash, only the inside flesh is eaten. The Red Kuri Squash, however, both the flesh and skin can be eaten! Give it a try, either as a main course or a side dish; it would be fabulous with lamb chops or pork chops.

Red Kuri squash, or orange Hokkaido pumpkin, has smooth flesh and a rich, sweet flavor that shines through in pies, soups, and side dishes. Red Kuri Squash or Hokkaido Pumpkin

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small/medium red kuri squash
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 2 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup rough chopped pecans
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Maldon Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Cut squash in half, remove seeds, and slice into half moons.
  • Place squash in a single layer on a baking sheet. Coat lightly in olive oil, sprinkle generously with sea salt and roast for 25-35 minutes or until soft.
  • In a medium saute pan combine Earth Balance, cherries, rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until cherries are soft and rosemary is fragrant. Remove from heat and add pecans. Mix well.
  • Place squash on serving platter, cover with cherry mix and sprinkle with Maldon salt. Serve immediately!

 

SARAH YATES A House in the Hills