Farmers market starts in Billings

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 20:30:08-04

Fresh produce, food and friends, just some of what draws thousands to the farmers market in downtown Billings.

The Second Avenue Stompers provided the entertainment at the first farmers market of the year.

This is the 33rd year for the Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market.

The market was short a few items, but overall it had a good amount of produce.

The first week went well for both buyers and sellers.

"People are excited to be here,” said Shelli Gayvert, board president for the market. “They don’t have quite as big a mission on their mind.”

Gayvert and her husband Dan own Garden Avenue Greenhouse and Garden Center and bring their produce and flowers to the market.

“We’ve done it for 21, 22 two years,” Gayvert said. “It’s a good way to expose our business to a crowd of people.”

Gayvert estimates about 3,000 enjoyed the tradition of the farmers market.

“They have a little coffee, a little breakfast, wander around and visit,” she said. “Meet people down here and go to lunch. It’s social."

The Yellowstone Valley Farmers market runs every Saturday from 8 am to noon through the first weekend in October.