July 11, 2009

Farmers' Market - Havre, MT

Beginning today, farmers, crafters and bakers will gather each Saturday at the Town Square in Havre for the Farmers' Market. It's small, but it's fun and there certainly are a variety of items to buy.

The Hutterites are the main providers of vegetables, although there are a few home gardeners who bring a few boxes of produce to sell. I was taking pictures by one of the Hutterite stands and the gentleman, who must have seen me taking pictures, laughed and said if I took his picture he would have to charge me $20. Thinking that they frowned upon having their picture taken, I didn't take any pictures of their bounty, which included small red potatoes, fresh peas, kholrabi, rhubarb, carrots, turnips, romaine, spinach, pickles, and sauerkraut. I bought some red potatoes and peas and a package of freshly made dinner rolls.

Let's take a look at what was available today!

This is a couple who I remember from last year. They charge $1.50 for two freshly made donuts. The man fries the donuts up and the woman sells them. What a team!

All these towels were embroidered... some with Montana scenes, frogs, dogs, and horses. Somebody has a fancy embroidery machine at home!
Some big zucchini from a home gardener.

Saddle Butte Custom Smoking shows up every Saturday and they sell 'Pig on a Pole'. You see everybody walking around eating one of these! They bring a refrigerated truck and also smoked meat; jerky, ham, bacon, polish, summer sausage, breakfast sausage, smoked turkey, beef bacon, plus 20 varieties of wild game sausage using the customer's meat.
This table was full of purses made from cut-off jeans.

This woman was selling apple pies ready to bake in your own oven, loaves of bread and some of the biggest cinnamon rolls I've ever seen!
Turnips, green onions and beets from another home gardener.
Soy candles.
There was a table with some gorgeous Indian beadwork.

Most of them were traditional designs, but he even did Dora in beads!!

This is a new table this year. Very colorful crocheted rugs. The blue and red one you see hanging there was $22.

Here are some sawn decorative lawn pieces. There's a bear holding a sign that says "Howdy".
This table is new this year, too. These people had beautiful painted and decorated gourds...
... all shapes and sizes.
Boxes of white bread, wheat bread (really tall loaves!) and dinner rolls from the Hutterites.

And finally, this woman was selling homemade, sturdy cloth grocery bags. There were other stands, but I thought I'd save some for another day. Hope you enjoyed touring our Farmers' Market today!


  1. Karen this looks like a great market. I went to a little market near me and had to stop- it was too expensive for what I got and we got the fresh bacon and it was gamey. I have another market that I will try and hopefully will be better! Love all the hand crafts at your market, so much fun to see. And your garden in the post below is really coming along. Can you believe I still do not have a blossom on my tomatoes yet. We have had too much rain so my garden is a wash so far. Hopefully it will get better??

  2. Oh that place!! Wish it were closer to me. I could spend hours upon hours there..

  3. This looks like an incredible market. Well worth waiting for it to open. I could spens an entire day in a place like this.

  4. I go crazy for markets. I love just being able to walk and browse and find an occasional gem! Love those little beadwork hair thingy's, the gourds and the Pig on a Pole!!! :D

  5. The Farmers Market we have in our town is just sickly. I'm going to Little Rock Saturday to see what I can score there. Yours looks like fun!

  6. Wowza you are so lucky to have such a huge farmer's market where you are! We have nothing like rugs and bears and beaded niceties, just a bunch of locally grown produce (which of course is good but the extras would be fun too!). I bet the smell of the smoker is to die for and that's why everyone is walking around eating one huh? Thanks for sharing these, ours is Wednesday so I will have to scoot back over!

  7. I love your farmers market!! I was bummed that I forgot my camera last time I went but I can't wait to take it next time!! You gave us a great tour! And the donuts....yum!

  8. What a great market! I need to get to our Farmer's Market more often. (and now I'm craving doughnuts!)

  9. I love Farmer's Markets!! It's good to see your garden too. It's good to be back.

  10. I LOVE farmers market and it looks like you have a good one. Wish we had freshly made donuts here. That would be such a treat with the first cup of coffee of the day.

  11. Mmmmmmmmm... DONUTS! And Barbecue! I'm slobbering all over my keyboard!

    (Sorry about the bugs over at my place, but if I told the story without the pictures, it would have been a bit less than satisfying, don't you think?)

  12. I love farmers markets. Not only contributing to the local economy, but the diversity and freshness of products! I love them!
    Could I have a donut please?!

  13. Those veggies look yummy and the crafts, especially the crocheted rugs, look very nice.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Peace, Judi

  14. You have a great farmers market...donuts and BBQ..we don't have such yummy stuff at ours!

  15. I think we have a case of "like minds," Karen! I just posted photos from a farmer's market and my brother's smoker. Too funny.

    Thanks for sharing photos of your awesome farmer's market. Ours is much smaller. Love the "Pig on a Pole" (!!!) and my Mom made me one of those crocheted rugs for my bathroom about 15 years ago. They last forever.

    Your garden looks beautiful. My radishes got woody, but not until the end. I think they are an item you have to eat right up as soon as they get round.

    I'm so envious you have a smoker! When my brother cooked us smoked chicken, I was blown away by how yummy it was.

  16. Your market looks really good, I love the sound of the pig on a pole!

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  18. What a terrific market! I love the soy candles and the tied rag rugs!

  19. What fun! I love farmers' markets. Those doughnuts are making me hungry.

    What a beautiful garden you have to. So impressive!

  20. I have to have a donut right now! Right now, you hear me? They look scrumptious.

  21. What a terrific market! Those old fashioned donuts sound excellent!

  22. Farmer's markets are my favorite! Yours looks like it has great booths.

  23. Karen,

    Do you have a recipe for old-fashion doughnuts? Those looked DELIC and I'm dying to fry them up (maybe when my house isn't 91 degrees though...) :)

    New to your site,


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