Saturday, August 1, 2009

Bozeman (Gallatin Valley) market

Located at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, the Bozeman Gallatin Valley Farmers Market overflows from inside the Haynes Pavilion to the area outside. Both areas are packed with so many delightful offerings that it would take a very long blog entry indeed to list them all, let alone show photos.

You'll find a good variety of standard vegetables and fruit for this season, bundles of fresh lavender, plenty of cooked food from Bozeman area amateurs and professionals (cookies, breads, tamales, pizza), and artisan items ranging from a wide selection of handmade items by the senior center to fine art jewelry and hand-bound journals. There are also doll clothes, clothes for children, rugs, aprons, wooden spoons, leatherwork, several types of furniture, knit items . . . well, I could go on and on. If you want to find some of the best of Bozeman, it's likely to be at this market.

Here are a few photo highlights.

This produce comes from a Montana State University garden project.

Authentic baklava! Need I say more?

This farmer explained that this golden flax variety was developed specifically for human consumption and is easier to digest than "regular" flax. Both the flax and the black lentils are grown just north of Bozeman.

This charming young man sells cherries he picked on his grandparents' land and bakes the best peanutbutter cookies.

"Hug your coffee, hug the world," is the motto of this entrepreneur's business, Coffee Huggers. Jennae gives a portion of her profits to local nonprofit groups. These "huggers" are truly beautiful works of practical art.

Of course, this is Montana!

You'll find this portable pizza oven at the Big Sky farmers market, too. Today I tried a pizza with white sauce, fresh corn, yellow peppers, chives, and caramelized bacon.



Gallatin Valley Farmers Market
Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Haynes Pavilion, at Tamarack and Black
June 20 - September 12
Saturday, 9 am - noon

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