Updated on Thursday, September 24:
Our winter market season is upon us! We have been working hard all summer to make sure that, when fall came around, we'd be ready.
Our local food systems -- and the people who grow, raise or produce that food -- are more important now than ever. We are honored to provide a place where our community can access the best local food and farm products that Southwest Montana has to offer. We also recognize that we have a responsibility to promote and maintain the health and well-being of our friends and neighbors. That's why we've made some changes this season so that we can safely be your one-stop-shop for local food and farm products.
Location, location, location!
This fall, we have moved our market to the Exhibit Buildings at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. These large indoor space will protect us from the elements while allowing our vendors to spread out. We'll have wide aisles and plenty of space for customers to shop while remaining socially distant.
This season, by grouping similar vendors together, it'll be easier for you to browse for the things you need. We'll also encourage one-way traffic throughout the market to facilitate social distancing. If we need to, we are prepared to limit the amount of customers that can shop at one time.
In accordance to state and county mandates, masks are required to enter our indoor farmers' market. If you cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, please contact the Market Manager to make alternative arrangements. Disposable masks will be available at the entrance for those who have forgotten their mask at home.
Our vendors have agreed to stay home if they are ill and we hope you'll do the same! We also ask any vendor who has received a positive COViD test to not return to market until they either receive a negative COViD test or until they wait two weeks after symptoms subside.
The market manager will wipe down frequently-touched surfaces such as door handles, ATM machines and credit card processors often. The market will provide hand sanitizer at the entrances and exits. Each vendor will also have hand sanitizer available at their booths.
In order to minimize the amount of surfaces people touch, we will not offer "Market Bucks" until further notice. Instead, many vendors will have their own credit card processors and there is an ATM available onsite. The market will still accept EBT cards at the information desk.
Take it to go
Think of us like your favorite grocery store! You can come browse and shop safely, but you must take your food and beverages to go. We will not have tables available to eat your food nor will vendors be sampling their products at this moment.
We are in constant communication with our local Health Department to make sure that we are continuing to do all we can to keep our community safe. We are also in constant communication with our amazing vendors, who understand the role they play in maintaining the health and wellbeing of our neighbors.
Should our community's COViD numbers reach a certain threshold, we will suspend our indoor market until further notice.
To all of our customers, thank you so much for your continued support. And to all of the businesses, organizations and health workers who have worked tirelessly these past six months to set the standards for us to follow, we are grateful for you.
We at the Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market remain committed to building, strengthening and supporting our local food community. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or ideas, and we look forward to seeing you soon.