Holiday Edition of the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market Scheduled for November 28, 2020

Join us for the 2020 Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market – “Holiday Edition”!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, exhibit buildings 1, 2, 4.

If you’re interested in being a vendor or have inquiries, please contact Career Transitions at 406-388-6701 or email ct@careertransitions.com.

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Thank You to the 2020 Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market Team

For the last 25 years, Kristi Wetsch, Michele Letendre, and Pat Whitlock have poured so much love and effort into the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market (GVFM). As the market came to a close on September 12, 2020, they passed “the bell” to the next generation of GFVM management. We know that Sarah Friedrich, Alyssa Goulet, and John Smith will carry on the tradition to care for our vendors, our customers, and our community. We thank this entire team for their dedication to the GVFM mission.

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COVID-19 Update for the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life. However, farmers’ markets are considered essential and may re-open if they can follow strict social distancing and sanitation guidance.

Below, we have indicated key criteria for operation that we as the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market (GVFM) will commit to and that we are requiring our vendors to commit to. 

One important note is that it is mandatory to have 6 feet between vendors and 6 feet between vendors and customers. This will limit the number of vendors we will be able to have at the market. In addition, there are strict touch contamination rules and customers will not be able to handle any products. This will limit some vendors from displaying their products. Examples may be jewelry, paintings, crafts, clothing, furniture, etc.

Key Criteria for Operation:

  1. Face coverings will be required in accordance with Governor Bullock’s Directive.
  2. Preventing food and touch contamination by market staff/volunteers, vendors, and customers.
  3. Physical Distancing—providing ways to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet between people.
  4. Communication—clear messaging on market operations to market staff/volunteers, vendors, and customers.

1. Preventing Contamination

The GVFM will:

  • Ensure frequently touched surfaces are cleaned and sanitized as often as possible
  • Reiterate to market staff/volunteers, vendors, and customers that if anyone shows any signs of illness, they must not attend the market.
  • Advise those attending the market in any capacity — customer, vendor, worker, volunteer — to wash their hands upon arrival and upon returning home.
  • Set-up non-hand activated, temporary hand-washing or hand sanitizer stations that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Signage that reminds customers to wash or sanitize their hands frequently.
  • Ensure that all required vendor booths have handwashing stations, per permitting and licensing.
  • Increase the frequency with which staff/volunteers disinfect surfaces/objects throughout the market.
  • Increase cleaning and sanitizing frequency of toileting room and other high contact areas such as payment devices.
  • Eliminate eating areas and direct customers to take prepared foods home to avoid crowds.

Vendors will be required to:

  • If showing any signs of illness, must not attend the market or prepare or handle food at food establishments or commissary kitchens. If employees are present, the employer must conduct a temperature check and/or symptom screening.
  • Wash their hands before arriving, upon leaving, and all other times handwashing is required per food handling and preparation regulations.
  • Have hand sanitizer at their booth.
  • Ensure that each food booth required by permit or license to have a hand-wash station, has one.
  • Vendors required by permit or license to wear gloves, must wear disposable gloves to avoid contamination and/or touching their faces, and change disposable gloves whenever changing tasks as required by food handling and preparation regulations.
    • For example: Do not handle money and then handle products using the same gloves.
    • Alternately: Assign one person to handle money and another person to handle products.
  • Increase the frequency of disinfection of surfaces/objects in their booth, with EPA-approved disinfectants.
  • Ensure they only have one customer, or customers occupying the same household, at a time at their booth, and ensure that customers are maintaining 6 ft. distancing.
  • Prevent customers from touching products, by bagging for them, not offering samples, consider pre-packaging of prepared foods, or if they bring their own reusable bag, set their order aside to bag themselves.
  • Round prices to the nearest dollar to avoid the need for coins in making change.
  • Encourage credit-card transactions whenever possible.
  • Split duties for payment and bagging between two different people.
  • All prepared food should be packaged for off-site consumption in order to ensure customers understand they must leave the market before consuming.
  • Consider shielding protection between customer and vendor

2. Physical Distancing and Prevent Community Spread

The GVFM will:

  • Use cones, flagging, chalk lines, signage, market volunteers, etc. to mark and maintain 6ft. distances in the market.
  • Encourage customers to prepare advance shopping lists to reduce shopping times.
  • Have customers remain in their vehicles if lines begin to form.
  • Require that customers leave after they have completed their purchases.
  • Limit the number of customers at any given time as necessary to reduce outdoor/indoor crowding and lines to meet physical distancing guidance.
  • Keeping all booths six feet apart to avoid crowding and maximize flow
  • Have one entrance and one exit with people flowing only one way through the market.

The Vendors will be required to:

  • Use extra tables or barriers to create 6-ft space between vendor and customer.  
  • Limit traffic to one customer, or customers from the same household, per vendor booth at a time.
  • Not allow any food our products to be handled by the customer.

3. Communication

GVFM will:

  • Post signs asking customers to practice physical distancing and not touch products.
  • Use print, radio, broadcast, and social media and newsletters to promote the farmers’ market and updated policies.
  • Recommend that all market attendees follow CDC recommendations on minimizing the community spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate through these processes.

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Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market Scheduled for June 20 – September 12, 2020

Join us for the 2020 Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market!

Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds

If you’re interested in reserving a space, please contact Career Transitions at 406-388-6701 or email ct@careertransitions.com.
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Holiday Edition of the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market Scheduled for November 30, 2019

Join us for the 2019 Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market – “Holiday Edition”!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, exhibit buildings 1, 2, 4.

Space is still available if you’re interested in being a vendor. Download the reservation form HERE. The form and payment are due by November 4, 2019.

For additional inquiries, please contact Career Transitions at 406-388-6701 or email ct@careertransitions.com.

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GALLATIN VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET begins Saturday June 22!

Join the fun at the FARMERS’ MARKET this summer: Saturday mornings 9 – noon at the fairgrounds in Bozeman!

SPACES ARE AVAILABLE!

If you are interested in reserving a space for the 2019 season,

Please call our office at 406-388-6701 ext. 100.

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DIXON MELONS @ Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market on August 11

Melon season is here! And DIXON MELONS are the best!

Come to the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market this Saturday, August 11th, 9am – noon at the fairgrounds. 

Dixon Melons, Flathead Huckleberries & Cherries will be available!

Enjoy coffee at “Higher Ground” (supporting Fork & Spoon) while you shop…

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Check out FRUITS, VEGGIES & CRAFTS @ Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market August 4th

In addition to huckleberries & cherries vendors are selling potatoes, carrots & onions. Don’t forget to check out the baked goods & crafts too.

This Saturday August 4th at the fairgrounds in Bozeman!

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Hutterite Pickling Cucumbers & Green Beans @ Farmers’ Market Saturday July 28th

Time to start canning!

The Hutterites will have GREEN BEANS, PICKLING CUCUMBERS and BREAD & BUTTER CUCUMBERS at the GALLATIN VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET, this Saturday, July 28th.

Come join the fun!

 

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Tomatoes, Flathead Cherries & Huckleberries at Farmers’ Market on Saturday July 28

      

Come to the GALLATIN VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET this Saturday, 9 am – noon at the county fairgrounds in Bozeman for fantastic local produce.

The season is finally here…Get your supply of FLATHEAD CHERRIES and HUCKLEBERRIES!

The time is here for GREEK SALADS! with local tomatoes, onions, basil and Amaltheia Dairy goat cheese. Don’t miss out…

For more info call Kristi at 388.6701 x 100.

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