BILLINGS – The third Saturday in July means one thing here in Billings: the annual kick off of the Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market.
A dedication to local growers and those responsible for food production has helped the market thrive over the years, organizers say.
The market adheres to a 50-50 ration between growers and prepared food to make sure buyers have a lot of fresh options.
Unlike other farmers’ markets, the market in Billings limits vendors to food-related products and emphasizes the farm-to-table capabilities of the producers within 120 miles of Billings.
The farmers market is entering its 33rd year in Billings.
Patrons can look forward to a variety of locally sourced produce and prepared food items such a baked goods, sauces and prepared meats, all with the surety that their dollar is going back into the community, organizers say
The Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization.
Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market President Shelli Gayvert, whose family greenhouse is a 25-year vendor at the market, said customers can look forward to the same standard of excellence and friendly atmosphere they have come to expect over the years.
Despite a slow start to the growing season, which has delayed the production of a few vegetables, Shelli believes that everyone will be ready to go come Saturday.
The market will run in downtown Billings on Saturdays from July 21 through to Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon.