Farmers Markets Overflow With the Bounty of the Flathead
Nothing says summer in Montana like an evening under the big sky spent munching on locally grown fruits, veggies and baked goods, listening to a bluegrass band and catching up with new and old friends. Farmers markets across the nation have taken off in popularity, as the need and importance for “eating locally” has become recognized and appreciated. And in Northwestern Montana, farmers markets aren’t just a shopping trip. A local’s visit to “the market” is a social experience, an opportunity not only to stock up on fresh produce but also to peruse the products of the amazing artisans who call this area their home. From jewelry to clothing, belt buckles to candles, farmers markets are hubs for creativity in Montana.
From 9 to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday, Kalispell residents can stock up on pottery, wood works, photography, veggies and more on the campus of Flathead Valley Community College. One of Montana’s oldest seasonal markets, the Kalispell Farmers Market typically runs from April into October, inviting visitors and residents to enjoy the bounty of the late harvest.
Every Tuesday night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. during summer months, residents from the resort community of Whitefish ride their cruiser bikes to Depot Park on Central Avenue to stock up on locally picked huckleberries and tap their toes to tunes by local musicians. The Whitefish Farmer’s Market runs through Sept. 25. For information, visit http://www.whitefishfarmersmarket.org.
Even West Glacier partakes in the seasonal market fun. At the gates of Glacier National Park, every Friday afternoon starting at 3:00 p.m. the parking lot between the post office and gift store in tiny West Glacier comes alive with music, fresh breads and locally produced jewelry.
The vibrant city of Kalispell is the gateway to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish and all of the recreation, art, shopping and adventure that Northwestern Montana has to offer. Plopped in the center of the Flathead Valley, it’s an easy drive to the park entrance, the art galleries of Bigfork or the water sports mecca of Flathead Lake…and well-equipped with affordable, comfortable lodging, great dining and a range of shopping from one-off boutiques to price-conscious large-format retailers. For more information visit: www.discoverkalispell.com.
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