All About Our Mission & History
Celebrating 50 Years this season!
This upcoming season, the GVFM wants to celebrate all those who have supported and continue to support the market and its loyal vendors. Mark your calendars to share in the joy that is the market every Saturday, June 19th through September 11th at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds
Gallatin County Fairgrounds | Haynes Pavilion
Hours of Operation
9:00 am — 12:00 pm
Bozeman’s First Farmers’ Market
With fifty years and over five hundred markets hosted by the organization, the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market (GVFM) continues to support Montana’s local farmers and artisans with its summer and holiday markets in 2021. Held at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, the market normally supports nearly 200 vendors every Saturday throughout summer, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market can currently hold about 85 vendors every weekend. Nevertheless, in its fifty years of service, the GVFM has provided an opportunity for hundreds of Montana’s own to market and sell their homemade food, handmade crafts, and locally grown produce to the greater Bozeman area. Throughout the last fifty years, the vendors and customers of the GVFM have shared many Montana summers supporting one another and reminding everyone of the prosperity which community togetherness brings.
When did it begin?
Beginning in 1971, the market was organized by a small group of like-minded individuals who wanted to create a space in which farmers and craftspeople could sell their creations. This group managed the market diligently until 1995.
Where was it held?
The market was the very first of its kind in Bozeman and originated on Tracey Street, near Main. Shortly thereafter the market was moved to the Bogert Park lawn on Church Street where it was held until the Bogert Pavilion was constructed in 1977. The market was held under the Bogert Pavilion until 2002.
Where is it held now?
In 2002, the market was moved to the Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds where it has been located since. Last year, the pavilion celebrated its 20th year in operation! Even the construction of the pavilion itself was a true act of community, with a majority of the grunt work being completed by volunteers.
Who manages the market today?
By 1995, the original group decided it was time to transfer market management to a local nonprofit organization. Several nonprofits were interviewed for the role and among the selection was Belgrade’s Career Transitions (CT) – a nonprofit organization which provides career counseling, education, training and mentoring to help individuals and families become self-sufficient. The GVFM prides itself in acting as a starting point for many beginning businesses and through this link between CT and the GVFM, the market can stay true to its mission in supporting individuals who hope to find economic sustainment through self-owned business.