Is Organic Food Better? – Montana Farmers Markets
It is undisputed that organic food is best both for an individual’s health and for the environment. This is due to the fact that it hasn’t been exposed to a lot of chemicals like preservatives, ripening gases etc. One of the ideal places to get fresh organic food is a farmers market. Thus, this article shall discuss some of the farmers market in Montana State.
Montana is a state in the Western United States. The word Montana is gotten from the Spanish word for mountain. Montana’s size is 380,000 km² making it the fourth largest in the United States of America. However, Montana has an estimated population of 1,023,579 making it the forty fourth in terms of population in the United States of America.
Consequently, from the sheer size of the state it would be a herculean task to discuss all the farmers market available therein. Thus, as previously, highlighted, some of Montana farmers market will be discussed.
The first Montana farmers markets to be discussed are the Original Gallatin Valley farmers markets located in Gallatin County. It is hosted at the Gallatin county fair grounds. The market is open from June to September on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon.
Another farmers market is the Big Timber farmers market located in Sweet Grass County. The venue is the Grand Hotel parking lot. The market is open from July to September on Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon.
The next Montana farmers market to be discussed is the Liberty county farmers market. As suggested from the name, it is located in Liberty County. The market is hosted on Thursdays from 5 pm to 7 pm during the months of June to August. The venue is Lions park rest stop US Highway 2, Chester.
Another farmers market is the Columbus farmers market located in Stillwater County. The market is hosted at Railroad Park, Pike avenue, Columbus. It is open on Thursdays from 4 pm to 6.30 pm during the months of July to September.
Advantages and disadvantages of Farmers Markets
An advantage of farmers market is that it supports family farmers. In this age of globalisation, most foods are produced by large agribusinesses. Thus, leaving the small time family farmer out of the scheme of things. However, with farmers markets, food is bought directly from the family farmer, thus rewarding them.
Another advantage is that one is able to get free advice on how to cook/store the food. A lot of the farmer/vendors are very good cooks. Thus, they would be ready to give advice on how to cook the meal. They could also give advice on how the food is to be preserved. This is compared to the grocery store cashier who might not be experienced in cooking and storing the food being sold, as his job is just to sell the food items.
Farmers market also has some disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that the market is open only at particular period of time. Thus, buyers and sellers would have to wait for the period at which the market would be open in order to get food products.
Another disadvantage is the seasonal nature of the produce. Particular foods will only be available in its season. Thus, one can’t get access to the food he wants except it is its season.
In conclusion, the above has discussed some farmers market in Montana. Also, some advantages and disadvantages of farmers markets were also highlighted.