Food Vendors at Gallatin Valley Farmers Market

Customers enjoy their lunch from Sinclair’s Bakery truck at the Gallatin Valley Farmers Market in Bozeman on June 21, 2014.

The Gallatin Valley Farmers Market opens Saturday with about 175 vendors selling everything from produce to baked goods to crafts.

“It really runs the whole gamut,” said market manager Kristi Wetsch.

The market will be at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds’ Haynes Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Sept. 14. All vendors come from within about 100 miles of Bozeman and will sell products they made or grew themselves.

“This is just such a great community event where we all get to come together and support our talented vendors,” Wetsch said.

The market still has spots for additional vendors. Those interested can find application information online at www.gallatinvalleyfarmersmarket.com. Vendors can come for specific weeks and don’t have to reserve for the whole summer.

“We love having new people,” Wetsch said. “And with different vendors each week, you just have to come every week.”

Vendors can use the market as an opportunity to test out new business ideas at an affordable price, and over the years, several businesses have spawned from the market, Wetsch said.

The Gallatin Valley Farmers Market began more than 40 years ago and has been run by Career Transitions, Inc., a local nonprofit, for many of those years. Vendor fees go toward the organization’s programs, which include job training and career counseling.

“What we do stays in the community, benefiting vendors and a local organization and giving people a place to buy good, healthy food,” Wetsch said.

Bozeman also hosts the Bogert Farmers Market, which opened Tuesday and runs on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 10. This year, the market has 80 vendors rather than the typical 100 because it is being held at Lindley Park instead of the Bogert Pavilion, where the roof partially collapsed in March.

Perrin Stein can be reached at 406-582-2648 or at pstein@dailychronicle.com. Follow her on Twitter @PerrinStein.

Perrin Stein is the county, state and federal government reporter for the Chronicle.

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