Downtown Helena Farmers Market open for 2022 season

Phil Drake

It’s that time of year when hordes of people thunder along two blocks of Fuller Avenue every Saturday hunting for fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and other items as the Downtown Helena Farmers Market gets underway.

April 30 was the opening day for the open air market that traditionally runs through the last weekend of October.

“It’s where Helena friends and neighbors meet every Saturday,” said Peter Strauss, board chair of the market.

Strauss said the market, which started in 1974, is the longest-running consecutive farmers market in Montana. He said 40 vendors were at the April 30 opening and even though it was a little chilly, he said shoppers were “champing at the bit” to get outdoors.

Strauss said there are changes to this year’s market that include a new look, new energy and new logo. He said the market has formed a partnership with Intrepid Credit Union, which is helping with marketing in order to entice more people to the market.

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He said it runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, but adds there are some vendors and shoppers who arrive at 8 a.m. And he

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