Montana’s best: Helena’s Farmers Market marks 50 years of fresh produce, community spirit

BRIDGET PACK Independent Record

Helena’s farmers market is full of unique finds from local businesses, from in-season produce to handmade crafts and baked goods.

Distinctly Montana magazine for the first time has rated Helena’s market as the best in the state.

“The market is for everyone, it’s more than a place to shop, it’s a great place to socialize and run into friends,” Peter Strauss, the market’s chairholder, said.

According to Strauss, Distinctly Montana based their findings on 73,000 votes from all over Montana, surveying airports and businesses.

“Helena Farmers Market is among the top five attractions in Helena,” Strauss said.

Christopher Muhlenfeld, co-publisher of the magazine, confirmed the honor.

“We’re very happy for them!” he said. “Our contest is a statewide competition, and the competition in the Farmer’s Market was intense this year.”

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He said the the winners have been announced online on the magazine’s website at, and will also be published in its fall issue on newsstands Sept. 15.

Now celebrating its 50th year, Helena’s Farmers Market fills two blocks of Fuller Avenue every Saturday from April to October. The market manager Kris Peterson said it averaged over 100 vendors

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