Saturday, July 2, 2011

Big Timber market opens in new location

Due to a short growing season, farmers markets in eastern Montana start rather late in the summer. Today the Big Timber farmers market opened just in time for the Fourth of July and in its new location in the city park at the south end of town.

It was a small market today, but vendors told me that customers were steadily passing through. I arrived at 10 am and saw Tom Tochihara, the 90-year-old Big Timber gardening legend, already packing up after having sold his much sought after spinach and tomatoes.

Sadly, Tom's was the only produce today, but there were plenty of other goodies to enjoy. My personal favorite, maple sticks (also known as maple bars), were back.

Jackie was at market with homemade bread and cookies and her fabulous soap. Her daughter brought pet bunnies for sale, which were very cuddly; here you see one being admired by a young customer.

In addition, there were lovely baskets, potholders, and other crafts all waiting for some lucky buyer to take them home for reasonable prices.

The new setting in the park allows folks to sit in the shade and chat. If you do feel too hot, the park's outdoor swimming pool is a few steps away.

Also new this year is music in the gazebo, organized by talented local musicians. If you just want to come for the music, that would be well worth your time.

There will no doubt be more vendors in coming weeks. Stop by to see what might be happening when you get there.

Big Timber Farmers Market
City park, McLeod and 8th
July 2 - September 24
Saturday, 9 am - noon

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