Caitlin Elder wrote:
There are two locations in downtown Missoula, the first at the end of Higgins (By the red XXX), and the other one down below Higgins bridge.
When I was at MRA, we built the Farmers Market (and the X's, which technically speaking are named "Crossings", a piece of public art created by artist Taag Petersen). I love the Farmers Market and the vitality it imparts to Downtown and the community. That said, it still bothers me to think that hundreds of people get in their cars and drive to this jewel of a market to get fresh local produce. My goal is to see a new market on the south west part of Missoula. At the proper location, there would be hundreds of households within a fifteen or twenty minute walk. It would take some time to build the affection and traditions that the Downtown Farmers Market has, but when it started over 30 years ago, it wasn't much to look at, either. Missoula, its people and its farmers/gardeners could benefit from having another Farmers Market. Not to cut the pie into smaller pieces, but to make a bigger or more pies. Paul loves pie so I know he agrees with me in principle.
Caitlin Elder wrote:
Does anyone know if the little green 'trolley' still run downtown during the Farmers Market?
Yes, the trolley still runs during the Saturday Farmers Market. It is free and runs from the UM housing on the south end of Higgins to the market with stops along the way.
When it was put in service, its route was called "The Emerald Line"
Is this an option you've heard other people express interest in?
I can't remember how this idea first occurred to me. Most people I share it with think it's an idea that makes sense, though. We already have a set of by-laws and structure we can use from the Missoula Farmers Market and the Riverfront Market. The Health Department already has a set of regulations in place for food safety. Once the spot is figured out, not much has to be invented--just a committed board and a person to serve as Market Master. A person won't get rich being Market Master, but for a retired person or someone who was willing to take on seasonal part-time work it could be a great job!
THIS is what a Saturday market might look like in every town if we had the foresight of Missoula, MT, residents.
My GOD, I'm jealous...
The blog is here: http://kunstler.com/blog/2010/09/in-the-headlights.html#more
Destini Vaile wrote:
Hey, Paul. How did you do that? I have some pictures of the market and other Missoula events. How would I post them on here?
To play youtube vids, I sorta hacked the software a bit - but there are instructions on how you can do it in the tinkering forum.
To upload pictures, click on "additional options"
2017 Farmers Market Hours (the original market up by the XXX's) - http://www.missoulafarmersmarket.com/
Then there are the other two markets:
2017 Clark Fork Market Hours (down at Caras Park) - http://www.clarkforkmarket.com/
2017 Missoula People's Market Hours (at Higgins and Pine) - https://www.missoulapeoplesmarket.org/