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 25th through December 14th, 2019, and every Wednesday Evening June 12th through September 25th 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

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