Tips for Shopping

1. Bring small bills

Paying with small bills helps 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, which 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. This 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 eager to tell you about their produce, as well as give suggestions on preparation and storage. You may also visit the market kiosk, where there are hundreds of recipes available for your convenience.

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 26th through December 15th, 2018, regardless of the weather. Vendors have worked hard preparing for the season and prepare each week to have product available for the market. Dress as needed, come shop, and have fun!

7. Be mindful

There are plenty of fun things to look at and watch at the DMFM. There are also curbs, strollers, cords for electricity, tent poles, etc. Enjoy the scenery and energy of the market, but please be mindful too. We want to avoid all accidents. Should there be an accident, please go to the market kiosk for help.

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. This way you will get your exercise, healthy food, and fun all at once! Many people travel from quite a distance to attend the farmers 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 the DMFM 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

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/