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Welcome to the Farmers Market Portal on the Montana Department of Agriculture website. This portal includes resources and community-building features for Montana Farmers Market Managers.

Use the Farmers Market Portal area of the main menu or the links below to access resources on market-related topics. Questions, comments and suggestions can be emailed to farmersmarkets@mt.gov. Technical issues or questions can be directed to Montana Department of Agriculture Web Developer Ben Harris at Ben.Harris@mt.gov.

Just getting started with your Farmers Market? Check out Starting a Farmers' Market in Montana, a complete guidebook from NCAT, AERO and USDA.

Click here to email farmersmarkets@mt.gov with questions and suggestions to be shared on the portal.

Update Your Farmers Market Listing

  • If you see updates that need to be made to your listing, please go to the Abundant Montana Directory at aeromt.org/abundant and click on Submit/Update a Listing on the top of the page.
  • Once updated, email farmersmarkets@mt.gov to let us know so that we can update your listing in Montana Department of Agriculture and other partner materials.

Join the Montana Farmers Market Manager Group on Facebook

The Montana Farmers Market Manager Group on Facebook is a great place to ask questions, get support, and share info and resources to manage a successful market. If you have a Facebook account, it's easy to join:

  • Send an email to farmersmarkets@mt.gov to request an invitation, OR
  • Search for Montana Farmers Market Managers in Facebook Groups and request to join.

Farmers Market News

Grants Available through the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP) for Food and Ag Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis

Up to $10,000 available to small and medium-sized food & ag businesses intended to create additional economic activity and bolster food security

Grants Available through the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP) for Food and Ag Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis

Montana Department of Agriculture, Montana Food and Agriculture Adaptability Program

Click Here to Apply


Grants are available to food and agriculture businesses to help increase community resilience amid the COVID 19 pandemic and other economic disruptions. Grants are intended to create additional economic activity and bolster food security. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, those focused on accessing new markets, projects which strengthen and expand local food systems, and other business adaptations that decrease food and agricultural waste. The need for such innovations must be driven by the COVID 19 pandemic. Total funding available is $500,000, with a maximum application amount of $10,000.
mtaap@mt.gov

 

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

To curtail the spread of COVID-19, nonessential businesses and operations will close March 28 - April 10, 2020

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

On March 26, Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily close all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28 and will be in effect through April 10, identifies essential businesses and operations related to food and agriculture, as included in the sections shown below:

Click to view the  the Governor’s Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.

Documents to download

Farm to Grocery: Meet the Buyers on March 23rd!

9 AM - 3 PM at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT

Farm to Grocery: Meet the Buyers on March 23rd!

Are you a specialty crop producer, grocery store vendor, or interested community member? Join our convening to network and and discuss all things farm to grocery. How are purchasing agreements made? How is communication maintained? Will grocery stores require specific certifications, food safety practices, levels of insurance coverage, specific packaging etc.? What strategies can producers adopt to successfully market their crops to grocery stores? Learn the answers to these questions and more from our panelists, presenters, and fellow attendees.

Attendance is limited to the first 20 registrants. Registration is given on a first come, first served basis.

Click to learn more and register.

To suggest an item for the Farmers Market News feed, email web admin Justin Ringsak at JRingsak@mt.gov