Wow, I went to the Farmer’s Market in downtown Great Falls tonight and decided that this is the time for garden produce at great prices and the best quality. Crookneck squash, basil, heirloom tomatoes and beets rounded out my purchases tonight. Just enough to get me through until the next market Saturday morning.
Throughout Russell Country, communities large and small host Farmer’s Markets. Some expand to crafts, entertainment and luscious baked goods. Going to the market becomes a social event, fun and reasonable entertainment, friendly vendors to visit with and great produce.
Last weekend at the Great Falls Farmers Market I visited with Jacob and Courtney Cowgill from Conrad who own Prairie Heritage Farm.
They helped me with questions about preserving basil, talked about their organic farm methods, and gave me a flyer on their CSA (community supported agriculture) programs. OK, they also gave me a wonderful sample of homemade whole grain artisan bread, yum. This young couple is also raising pasture-raised heritage turkeys which can be delivered right before Thanksgiving along with some trimmings of winter squash, potatoes and onions. Their farm is a great concept and it was nice to see such young farmers with great ideas and endless enthusiasm for their products.
Treat yourself to our last few Farmers Markets in Russell Country.