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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 Justin Ringsak at JRingsak@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

Discounted Vendor Early-Bird Registrations for Montana Food Show open until May 23

Montana Food Show set for September 27th in Bozeman

Discounted Vendor Early-Bird Registrations for Montana Food Show open until May 23

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting the third annual Montana Food Show September 27, 2019 at MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman.

Early bird registration for vendors will open March 7th and run until regular registration begins May 23rd.

Final deadline for vendor registration is July 24th.

Buyer registration will open June 3rd.

Let’s get more Montana foods on Montana plates!

In 2019 you can expect:

  • International trade groups from Canada and Mexico
  • Public will be allowed for the trade show

At the second annual Montana Food Show in 2018:

  • $9,933 in reported sales from the day of the show
  • 64 Montana companies showcased
  • 166 buyers from more than 55 companies
    • Hotels & resorts
    • Restaurants & bars
    • Gift shops
    • Catering services
    • Distributors & wholesalers
    • Grocery stores & markets

Interested in being a 2019 Vendor? Click here for online Vendor Registration.

Wondering if this show is for you? Click here for the 2018 Vendor List.

If you have any questions about the show, please contact Marketing Officer Marty Earnheart at (406) 444-2402, MEarnheart@mt.gov.

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

For full details on how to apply in Montana, and to start an application, visit our Organic Certification Cost Share page, or email agrorganic@mt.gov.

New Double SNAP Dollars Program Materials Available for Farmers Market Managers

New Double SNAP Dollars Program Materials Available for Farmers Market Managers

Double SNAP Dollars stretch the value of SNAP benefits so SNAP participants can afford more fruits and vegetables. At the same time, these SNAP dollars support Montana farmers and communities. Farmers Market Managers can find new promotional materials to help create awareness on the Double SNAP Dollars Program Materials page on the Farmers Market Portal, or refer to www.doubledollarsmt.com for program details.

For more info, contact Kim Gilchrist, Double SNAP Dollar Program Manager, at kim@missoulacfac.org or (406) 926-1004.

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