A Farmers Market and Then Some



A great way to get to know a community (and find fresh and Farmers Market, Whitefish, Montanahealthy food) is to visit its Farmers Market. The Farmers Market in Whitefish, Montana, located in Northwest Montana, is no exception. Held every Tuesday evening from May through September, there are booths with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, arts and crafts-even soap made from buffalo tallow. Music is playing and it often appears everyone in the town has come out.

But Whitefish has taken the farm-to-table concept one step further and also provides a map to the farms and fresh food found throughout the Flathead Valley, produced by   an organization called FarmHands, which has as a mission: connecting people with working lands.

The map identifies more than 70 farms, plus seasonal farmers markets in Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork, West Glacier and Columbia Falls, a harvest calendar AND the names of local businesses -- restaurants, hotels and markets -- that buy from local farms. It's available at the farmers market and in businesses throughout town.

 --Ann Shepphird


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