Healthy, Fresh, Unique: The Ultimate Guide To 21 Of Montana Farmers’ Markets
If we could map out all the cool Farmers' Markets across the state of Montana, it would look a little like this. Markets are incredibly popular here, from the largest city to the smallest town. World class agricultural roots, talented artists, and a strong sense of buying local ensure that you're never far away from a Farmers' Market in Montana.
In addition to all the fantastic farmers' markets across the state, you'll also find smaller farmers' co-ops, ranch events, rural roadside stands, local meat sales, and pick-your-own berry orchards. When on a road trip in Montana during harvest season, there will be no shortage of local produce shopping options. The vast array of what grows well in Montana is amazing, impressive, and delicious.
WHITEFISH DOWNTOWN FARMERS' MARKET (Central and Railway, Whitefish, MT): Happens every Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7:30pm, May 30th through September 26th. (They don't hold a market on the 4th of July, FYI.) Held at Depot Park. Local growers, farmers, craftspeople, prepared food, and live music. This is a Zero Waste Market. All food containers are compostable or recyclable.
MISSOULA FARMERS' MARKET (North Higgins Ave on Circle Square between Railroad and Alder Sts, Missoula, Montana): This special market has been around since 1972. It happens on Saturdays, May through October, from 8am to 12:30pm. Lots of food and farmer vendors, canned vegetables, jellies, jams, and sauces, dried teas, honey, handcrafted face and body care products. "In the spring you will find veggie starts and greens, summertime brings tomatoes, huckleberries, cherries, peaches, melons and corn, and fall's bounty includes squash & pumpkins, apples and garlic. Locally grown, raised, gathered and processed meat, eggs and mushrooms are available all season long." SEE A LIST OF THE MISSOULA FARMER'S MARKET VENDORS HERE.
BOZEMAN FARMERS' MARKET (Lindley Park, Bozeman): Held on Tuesday evenings, 5pm to 8pm, mid June through mid September. Their motto is "Life's A Garden, Dig It!" and yes, you can buy their merch. All the great stuff you'd expect from a top notch outdoor farmers' market, with world class Gallatin Valley growers, food vendors, and live music. Lindley Park is very easy to find - on Main Street, just a block east of downtown Bozeman. It's a large public park with lots of grassy, shaded area to spread out and enjoy the evening. BOZEMAN FARMERS' MARKET FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.
FRENCHTOWN FARMERS' MARKET (Old Bull Brewing parking lot - 16862 Beckwith Street, Frenchtown, MT) 1st & 3rd Thursdays 5pm to 7:30pm, June through September. Very family friendly event, and Wok-ee Mountain Food Truck will be parked in the market every Thursday serving Thai and Chinese food for purchase. Vendors have produce, bread products, locally raised meat, and crafts. Frenchtown is located just northwest of Missoula.
MISSION FALLS FARMERS' MARKET (Good Ol' Days Park, Saint Ignatius, Montana) Held in the pavilion in the park on Fridays from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Never been? "The small town of St. Ignatius on the Flathead Indian Reservation offers beautiful views of the Mission Valley." Saint Ignatius is located on Highway 93, directly south of Flathead Lake. This is a smaller, well-liked farmers' market that is worth your time if you you're in the area. FOLLOW THE MISSION FALLS FARMERS' MARKET ON FACEBOOK.
GALLATIN VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET (Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman, Montana) Held every Saturday morning starting in mid-June from 9am to Noon. A very well established markets was started in 1971. The best regional growers all show up to this market, along with specialty items such as handmade donuts and pierogis. Cool merchandise is available to support the market. Food vendors and live music too. FOLLOW THE GALLATIN VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET ON FACEBOOK.
- GALLATIN VALLEY BOTANICAL AT ROCKY CREEK FARM (34297 Frontage Rd, Bozeman, MT)
- LILLIE'S GARDEN (80889 Gallatin Rd., Bozeman, MT) "Lillies Garden is a small local business bringing you beautiful, seasonal gifts from the garden." They also hold special events throughout the growing season.
- TOWNE'S HARVEST GARDEN (Bozeman, Montana) "The Towne's Harvest Garden is a five-acre diversified vegetable and educational research farm supporting a student-run, community-supported agriculture program. Towne's Harvest Garden promotes learning about food production, the value of eating and supporting local foods." FIND TOWNE'S HARVEST GARDEN ON FACEBOOK.
LIVINGSTON FARMERS' MARKET (229 River Driver, Livingston, MT) Happens every Wednesday evening at Miles Park Band Shell. 4:30pm to 7:30pm, mid June to mid September. Rain, wind or shine. This is an extremely well-run and well-liked market, having won awards. Local producers, local vendors, and local music make for a wonderful social hub of the Livingston, Montana community. FIND THE LIVINGSTON FARMERS' MARKET ON FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES. "The Livingston Farmers Market features the freshest, healthiest food our region has to offer from farm and ranch vendors along with prepared-food vendors, local craft beer, baked goods, flowers, and arts and crafts."
KALISPELL FARMERS' MARKET (777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, MT) The Kalispell Farmer's Market runs on Saturdays, May 1st - October 9th at Flathead Valley Community College. Happening 9am to 12:30pm. No pets are allowed at this market, please. A huge variety of vendors at Flathead Valley Community College including farmers, growers, craftspeople, homemade foods, and crafts. FIND KALISPELL FARMERS' MARKET ON FACEBOOK HERE.
- RONAN FARMERS' MARKET (on Main Street in front of Ronan Flower Mill) Thursdays, 3pm to 7pm.
- ORCHARD HOMES' FARMERS' MARKET (2537 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT) Thursdays 4:30pm to 7pm. "The Orchard Homes' Farmers' Market started in 2008 by local farmers & makers promoting small business."
- HAMILTON FARMERS' MARKET CO-OP (Bedford St at S 3rd St, downtown Hamilton, Montana) Happens on Saturdays 9am to 12:30pm.
- BIG SKY FARMERS' MARKET (Held in the Big Sky Town Center) Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm.