Good weather and the arrival of the summer season is a great time to get outside to enjoy activities such as playing, eating, and relaxing. This is also an opportunity to attend community events like farmers markets. Did you know that you could use your WIC benefits with participating farms at local farmers markets? This is an opportunity to meet your farmer, ask questions, and select the freshest fruit and vegetables available! The farmers love to talk about their products. They can provide helpful information about preparation and recipe ideas for using it.
Attending a farmers market brings families and communities closer together. Often times, these markets have activities for kids and can give you the opportunity to socialize with your neighbors. Additionally, attending the market can get your kids involved in the selection of produce and help to teach them where their foods come from. You might come across a fruit or vegetable you have never had before, and sometimes farmers offer samples to try.
Check out one of these local markets!
Gallatin County Markets
- Bozeman – Bogart Park on Tuesday 5-8 PM
- Bozeman – Gallatin County Fairgrounds on Saturdays 9AM-12PM
- Big Sky – Fire Pit Park on Wednesdays 5-8 PM
- Belgrade- Lewis and Clark Park, Thursdays, 5-8PM
- Manhattan -West Main & S Broadway on Wednesdays 4-7PM
- Three Forks – Veterans Memorial Park at E Neal St and N Main on Thursdays 4-7PM
Park County Markets
- Livingston – Miles Park Bandshell on Wednesdays 4:30-7:30 PM
- Clyde Park/Shields Valley- City Park, 1 block E of Hwy 89, off 3rd St. on Mondays 4:30-7PM
Remember to look for farmers with their WIC sign so you know where to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Review farmers market approved foods (sorry no plants) to ensure you get the right produce and don’t have any problems using your checks. Try to eat before you go so the kids are not starving when you get there. Happy shopping!