Courtney Tompkins May 28, 2009Off to the market! One of my favorite summer activities is the downtown farmers’ market, Saturdays, 7 a.m. – noon. I love the abundant, local produce, yummy breakfast items, gorgeous flowers, people watching, dog-petting and fresh air.I know it’s a favorite outing for my fellow DMU staffers & faculty as well as our students. I know this not only because our students constantly rave about it but also because EVERY week I go I see faces I recognize and DMU shirts.To get info on where to find each vendor, see a map of the whole event and find out what’s in season for the week, visit the Register’s guide to the market and be a fan of the Facebook page for the market.Some of my personal favorite vendors include Carefree Patisserie, Belle’s Coffee Shop, Chef Steve’s Kabobs, Mast Family Farm and Guys & Gals breakfast. As you may notice, those are all places that offer food to eat/drink on the spot or baked goods. I usually search for the best-looking produce each week so I don’t know the names of all those vendors. Also there’s lots of craft vendors that make cute things. So anyway, check it out. Buy something yummy or locally-made. Below are some of my tips to get the most out of the market.My market tips:Bring your own cloth bag(s) &/or cooler.Park on a side street – it’s easier to get out than from the parking garage.Wear comfy shoes.Put on sunblock 30 minutes before coming!Bring poop bags if you bring your dog.Taste as many samples as you can.Remember you are supporting local businesses.Photos from the Downtown Farmers’ Market Facebook page. One response to “Off to the market!” Very good article!!!Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.