Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bigfork and Kalispell markets

The Kalispell market opens with the ringing of a cowbell. About a hundred vendors are ready to sell their vegetables, honey, jewelry, and crafts and whatever else creativity has wrought.

Here are some photos to show you what I saw.

A reporter from the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake was writing a story about the market. She wasn't the least bit interested in what I am doing, but I learned a few photography tips from her.

And then there was Mary. I couldn't help but notice her hat. This 89-year-old works in her garden and comes to market and really is a delightful person to talk to. Her hat is covered with material from a dress she bought in Hawaii but felt was too bright to wear around town. It is trimmed with flowers from weddings and other special occasions in her life.

The Bigfork market is much smaller -- less than 10 vendors today -- but there is quite a variety of produce. The eggplants caught my eye and I learned that freshly picked young ones are not bitter and do well in stir-fries. They take on the flavors of things they are cooked with.

Bigfork Farmers Market
Bigfork High School parking lot
May 16 - October 17
Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm

Kalispell Farmers Market
Kalispell Center Mall, Center Street and 5th Avenue
April 18 - October 17
Saturday 9 am - noon

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