These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Montana For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Montana offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Montana? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Montana farmers markets:

  1. Clark Fork Market, Missoula, MT
  2. Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative, Hamilton, MT
  3. Great Falls Original Farmer’s Market, Great Falls, MT
  4. Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market, Bozeman, MT
  5. Glendive Saturday Farmer’s Market, Glendive, MT
  6. Missoula Farmers Market, Missoula, MT
  7. Red Lodge Farmers’ Market , Red Lodge, MT
  8. Bozeman Winter Farmers’ Market, Bozeman, MT
  9. Polson Farmers Market, Polson, MT
  10. Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market, Billings, MT

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Montana or the cheapest place to live in Montana.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Montana?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Montana, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Treasure State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Montana, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Clark Fork Market

Clark Fork Market -- Missoula, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Missoula, MT
Address: 225 South Pattee Street, Riverside Parking Lot, Missoula, MT 59802
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative

Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative -- Hamilton, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Hamilton, MT
Address: Bedford & 3rd Streets, Hamilton, MT 59840
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Great Falls Original Farmer’s Market

Great Falls Original Farmer's Market -- Great Falls, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 65.7
City: Great Falls, MT
Address: 2 South Park Drive, Great Falls, MT 59401
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market

Gallatin Valley Farmers' Market -- Bozeman, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 65.7
City: Bozeman, MT
Address: 901 North Black Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Glendive Saturday Farmer’s Market

Glendive Saturday Farmer's Market -- Glendive, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 65.7
City: Glendive, MT
Address: 313 West Valentine Street, Glendive, MT 59330
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Missoula Farmers Market

Missoula Farmers Market -- Missoula, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Missoula, MT
Address: Higgins and Alder, Missoula, MT 59801
Times: Tue: 5:30 PM-7:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Red Lodge Farmers’ Market

Red Lodge Farmers' Market  -- Red Lodge, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Red Lodge, MT
Address: Lions Park, Red Lodge, MT 59068
Times: Fri: 3:30 PM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Bozeman Winter Farmers’ Market

Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market -- Bozeman, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Bozeman, MT
Address: Emerson Cultural Center, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

9. Polson Farmers Market

Polson Farmers Market -- Polson, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Polson, MT
Address: 3rd Ave West, Polson, MT 59860
Times: Tue:4:30 AM – 7:00 PM Fri:9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

10. Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market

Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market -- Billings, MT

Source: Public Domain

Score: 54.3
City: Billings, MT
Address: Heart of N. 29th & 2nd Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Montana

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Treasure State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

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Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Montana

Name City Rank Score
Clark Fork Market Missoula 1 80.0
Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative Hamilton 2 74.3
Great Falls Original Farmer’s Market Great Falls 3 65.7
Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market Bozeman 4 65.7
Glendive Saturday Farmer’s Market Glendive 5 65.7
Missoula Farmers Market Missoula 6 60.0
Red Lodge Farmers’ Market Red Lodge 7 60.0
Bozeman Winter Farmers’ Market Bozeman 8 57.1
Polson Farmers Market Polson 9 57.1
Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market Billings 10 54.3
Bigfork Farmers’ Market Cooperative Bigfork 11 54.3
Orchard Homes’ Farmers’ Market Missoula 12 51.4
Dillon Farmers Market Dillon 13 51.4
Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market Whitefish 14 48.6
Columbus Farmers Market Columbus 15 48.6
Twin Bridges Farmers’ Market Twin Bridges 16 48.6
Livingston Farmers Market Livingston 17 45.7
Big Sky Farmers Market Big Sky 18 45.7
Libby Farmer’s Market Libby 19 45.7
Manhattan Farmers Market Manhattan 20 45.7
Eureka Area Farmers Market Eureka 21 45.7
Miles City Farmers Market Miles City 22 40.0
Bigfork Farmers’ Market Cooperative Bigfork 23 40.0
Black Eaglefarmers’ Market Black Eagle 24 40.0
Ennis Farmer’s Market Ennis 25 40.0
Thompson Falls Farmers Market Llc Thompson Falls 26 37.1
Sheridan Farmers’ Market Sheridan 27 37.1
Hot Springs Farmers Market Hot Springs 28 37.1
Lewistown Farmers Market Lewistown 29 34.3
Columbia Falls Farmers’ Market Columbia Falls 30 34.3
Darby Farmers Market Darby 31 34.3
Bitterroot Valley Growers Market Florence 32 34.3
Florence Farmers Market Florence 33 34.3
Trout Creek Farmers Market Trout Creek 34 34.3
Belgrade Lions Farmers Market Belgrade 35 31.4
Richland County Farmer’s Market Sidney 36 31.4
Madison Farm To Fork Farmers Market Ennis 37 31.4
Saturday Market – Havre Montana Havre 38 28.6
Laurel Downtown Farmers Market Laurel 39 28.6
Rocky Mountain Front Farmers Market Choteau 40 28.6
Boulder Farmers Market Boulder 41 28.6
Whitehall Farmer’s Market, Produce & Crafts Whitehall 42 28.6
Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market Billings 43 22.9
Missouri River Landing Farmer’s Market Fort Benton 44 22.9
Grizzly Green Market Missoula 45 20.0
Liberty County Farmers Market Chester 46 20.0
Liberty County Farmers Market Chester 47 17.1
Hysham Farmers Market Hysham 48 17.1
Red Rock Plaza Farmers Market Glasgow 49 14.3
Three Forks Famers Market Three Forks 50 14.3
Deer Lodge Community Garden ‘u Pick’ Farmers Market Deer Lodge 51 5.7
Jocko Valley Farmers’ Market Arlee 52 5.7
Rockin’ Tj Ranch Farmers Market Bozeman 53 2.9
Target Range Farmers Market Missoula 54 0.0
Bogert Farmers’ Market Bozeman 55 0.0
Helena Farmers Market Helena 56 0.0
Kalispell Farmers Market Kalispell 57 0.0
Glendive Farmers Market Glendive 58 0.0
Little Horn State Bank Farmers Market Hardin 59 0.0
Shelby Food And Craft Market Shelby 60 0.0
Wolf Point Farmers Market Wolf Point 61 0.0
Big Timber Farmers Market Big Timber 62 0.0
Littlebird’s Marketplace Seeley Lake 63 0.0
Plains Paradise Farmers Market Plains 64 0.0
Circle Farmers Market Circle 65 0.0
Stanford Farmers Market Stanford 66 0.0
Nashua Lion Farmers Market Nashua 67 0.0
Shields Valley Farmers Market Clyde Park 68 0.0

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