There is snow on the peaks and leaves on the ground, but the Farmer’s Market isn’t over. Instead, it has been moved indoors with new types of produce and products available. The Bozeman Winter Farmer’s Market has already begun, and will continue throughout the year.
“We are so fortunate to live in a town with such a strong local food system that functions year round”, said Katie Meyer, market manager for the Winter Farmer’s Market. While the outdoor growing season is shorter, many of the farmers around town utilize greenhouses, making small quantities of vegetables and herbs available out of season. The Winter Farmer’s Market sells vegetables, cheese, eggs, a variety of artisan and grass-fed meats, coffee, grains, oils, bread, pastries and many other products.
“Our biggest challenge seems to be letting the community know we exist,” Meyer pointed out. The Farmer’s Market relies heavily on support from local businesses and operates on a “shoestring budget.” If you haven’t visited the Winter Farmer’s Market, it’s worth checking out. Organized in the Emerson Ballroom, it’s a warm and inviting place to go on a Saturday morning.
Having the Farmer’s Market in the winter benefits the community because they can communicate with vendors and learn more about what they’re buying. While many local food growers sell food at the Bozeman Co-op, this gives them a chance to personally connect with their buyers.
The Bozeman Winter Farmer’s Market will take place on Oct. 26, Nov. 9, and Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture Ballroom; debit and credit cards are accepted. For more information, visit the website at bozemanwintermarket.com.
Who’s Your Farmer?: Vendors at the Bozeman Winter Farmer’s Market
Produce: Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs
Meats & Cheeses
Sauces, Honey & Preserves
Grains, Seeds & Oils
Soaps, Salves & Such
Other Great Food & Farm-Related Products