Local Farmers Markets Growing in Popularity

Shoppers browse through the Bogert Park Farmers Market in this 2013 file photo.

The Bogert Farmers Market has been extended by two weeks at a new location to give local farmers an opportunity to sell their produce after the start of the area’s late growing season.

The bonus dates will be this Tuesday and Sept. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m., inside the parking lot at Ferguson Farm, located at 730 Boardwalk Ave. Farmers who were at the market this summer are scheduled to be there.

Salal Huber-McGee, farmers market organizer, said the extra days will be at Ferguson Farm because of its access to electricity for vendors. Depending on turnout, Huber-McGee said she might pursue doing the farmers market on the west side again.

“It’s definitely a new and different location for us, but we’re going to give it a whirl and hope people show up because it’s important to support the farmers in our community,” Huber-McGee said.

Bozemanites could go to grocery stores to get their produce, but she said it’s different meeting the people who grow the food. And Huber-McGee said there’s no comparison to the taste of fresh vegetables.

“When you taste the difference, it’s overwhelming,” she said.

When the Bogert Park pavilion collapsed, Huber-McGee said she reached out to Ferguson Farm and asked if she could take them up on a previous offer to have the market there. She wanted to keep it downtown, but said she saw this as an opportunity to try something new for people who live on that side of the city.

“They’re looking for things like this — it will be a nice little adventure for us,” Huber-McGee said.

Matt Payne, Ferguson Farm developer, said hosting the additional days is an experiment to see if west Bozeman wants more events like the farmers market. He said he feels residents in the area and further west don’t make the trip downtown because of travel time and the hassle of finding parking.

“We thought it would be nice to put that together to give them that same experience but a little bit closer to home,” Payne said.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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