Helena Farmers’ Market hits the street on Saturday

Phil Drake

Dust off those comfy walking shoes, grab that large tote bag that sometimes doesn’t seem large enough and pull that wide-brimmed sunhat from the closet.

The Helena Farmers’ Market returns Saturday in a golden anniversary year celebrating half a century of produce, crafts, baked good, fresh flowers, music and community spirit. It is touted as the longest-running market in the state of Montana.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along two blocks of Fuller Avenue, between Neill Avenue and Lawrence Street in downtown Helena. Admission is free and the market will run through Oct. 28. There will be a grand opening celebration May 20 and a 50th-year celebration June 17.

“We are expecting a really great year,” Peter Strauss, board chair of the Helena Farmers’ Market, said.

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There are 196 spaces for vendors with 40 of them available for day vendors, who are there for the day, and 156 vendors for reserve vendors, who are there for the entire season, Strauss said.

Also participating is St. Peter’s Health, the downtown businesses association and the Lewis and Clark Library will have its three-wheeled “Words on

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