Food demonstrations highlight fresh herbs at farmers market

Garlic scapes are among the items available at the Marquette Downtown Farmers Market. (Photo courtesy of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority)

MARQUETTE — Fresh herbs will be the focus of a food demonstration this week at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market.

“I am very excited for the food demonstration we have planned for Saturday,” said Myra Zyburt, market manager.

The demonstration will be conducted by Sarah Monte, outreach director at the Marquette Food Co-op, and Sherri Rule, a registered dietitian at UP Health System-Marquette, both representing the local chapter of ACHIEVE, Action Communities for Health, Innovation & EnVironmental ChangE.

“Sarah and Sherri will be making a number of recipes featuring fresh herbs and use fresh produce and whitefish from the market,” Zyburt said.

Some of the fresh herbs available at the market include lemon balm, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, nettles, oregano, parsley and catnip, she added.

The market takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marquette Commons, 112 S. Third St.

“The food demonstration will be continuous from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,” Zyburt said. “Everyone is invited to stop by the food demonstration booth, watch and taste.”

In addition, this week’s market will feature six daily vendors and 51 season vendors, along with live music from Michelle Czygan from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The summer produce is beginning to come into season, a little more each week,” Zyburt said.

One vendor offering fresh produce, as well as grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, chicken, turkey and pasture-raised eggs is Seeds & Spores, a small farm in Chocolay Township, just miles from Lake Superior.

“Everything is grown from seed to harvest at the farm using authentic farming techniques,” the farm’s website states.

Partridge Creek Farm, a unique educational-based venture situated in downtown Ishpeming, will also be at the market this week with fresh produce.

“We envision a community in which everyone has access to affordable, delicious and nutritious food choices,” the farm’s website states.

Some of the produce Zyburt said she’s starting to see from vendors include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchinis, raspberries and wild blueberries. Vendors are also continuing to offer garlic scapes, radishes, peas, mixed greens, mushrooms and strawberries.

Meat, eggs and maple syrup will also be available for purchase at the market, with coffee offered by UP North Roast rounding out the breakfast selections.

“We believe in providing the best quality, the freshest bean roast and an unrivaled taste within all our packages,” the Escanaba-based company’s website reads.

Meanwhile, Marquette Baking Co.will offer market visitors “uncommonly delicious artisan-crafted breads and pastries,” as noted on its website. The bakery, which has a shop located along Baraga Avenue in Marquette, aims to “create delicious, beautiful breads and pastries by coaxing the best natural flavors, colors and textures from the simplest of ingredients,” according to the website.

Zyburt said an economic impact study begun last season will continue this Saturday with customer surveys and a July customer count.

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