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Bozeman's Winter Farmers' Market strengthens community ties.

Walking into the Emerson Ballroom on a Saturday morning, you are immediately greeted by color. Deep earthen shades cascade from tables backed by friendly smiles and calloused hands. The royal purples and burnt oranges of organic carrots; the perky pink of fresh-pulled beets with dark soil stuck to their long, paled roots; the deep greens of fat spinach leaves; and the lovely cream of turnip heads still clinging to their lengthy stalks. These are just some of sights—and the items for saleat the Winter Farmers' Market.

Winter Farmers' Market, Bozeman, local food
Colorful veggies begging to be consumed. Photo courtesy BWFM.

The vendors are local faces: farm families from our very own valley, selling products ranging from root vegetables to raspberry-vanilla jam, fresh eggs to home-baked quiche, and squash to sauerkraut—and everything in between. Amalthia Organic Dairy brings heaps of goat cheese while Crazy Mountain Grass-Fed Beef and Rancho Picante offer a variety of meats. Mason jars packed with striped pickle spears and bright pureed carrot juices tower over heaps of greens, enticing shoppers to sample their vibrant colors. Come early for the 9am opening and pick up a hot meal on site, like the killer tamales from Claudia's Mesa, fresh-made pastries from Varney Bridge Bakery, and a cup of joe from Little Red Wagon Coffee Roasters.

Claudia's Mesa, Farmers' market, Bozeman, Latin Food Tamales from Claudia's Mesa – Latinize your lunch! Photo courtesy BWFM.

The bi-weekly market features more than just great, local food—you can also pick up unique gifts, like Camp Creek Soap's lotions, body oils, and sprays. There's also a new local artist at every market. 

The market also provides a venue for Broken Ground Permaculture, a local group dedicated to helping Bozemanites learn to grow their own healthy and fresh food. Broken Ground offers composting workshops in the spring, summer, and fall, and you can sign up at the the market or on their website.

The market closes at noon, so head over early Saturday morning to get your shopping out of the way before hitting the slopes, or to fuel up for any outdoor adventure you’ve got planned—all while supporting local farmers and artists. And if you like what you see (and taste), don’t forget to ask about summer CSA programs. To learn more about the farmers or the market itself, or to view their schedule, check out

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