Thereís something about homemade cinnamon rolls. The
kind smothered in gooey caramel and nuts that are so messy to
eat you end up sucking sugar off your fingers like a toddler.
Iíve got a weakness for baked sweets anyway and now Iíve got
a Saturday morning habit Ė Hamilton Farmerís Market.
My routine goes something like this:
I ride my bike seven blocks down to the market at about 10
a.m. I lean it against a tree and head over to the coffee stand,
which is usually about three booths down from my friends, Paul
and Laura of , who run Homestead Organics farm just outside
of town. I say hello to them and then with mug in hand
I press on.
Once I get a cup of organic coffee from the Olde Mill Coffee
stand, I head over to the Spicy Wives baked goods stand and
satisfy my week-long hunger with a sticky cinnamon roll.
This routine may seem homely and simple, but it is the finest
part of living in a small community. At the Farmerís Market,
local people support local farmers, bakers and craftsmen. Friends
and neighbors get a chance to rub elbows with tourists and visitors.
No one is getting rich, but everyone is playing a role in the
community they value and support.
Itís also a place to catch up on the latest gossip or say
hello to people you havenít seen for a week or maybe a year.
During the summer in the Bitterroot Valley, the Hamilton Farmerís
Market is arguably the biggest social event going. You can get
flowers for your garden, veggies for the week, ceramic, emu
soap or a bag of tortilla shells. The political parties show
up as well. And on any given Saturday you can ask your local
representative a question or learn about new candidates.
Two other communities in the valley have Farmerís Markets:
Darby and Stevensville.
Life in the Bitterroot Valley is still centered on community.
Itís still a place where kids play on neighborhood streets and
neighbors barbecue on Friday nights. Places like the grocery
store, the Farmerís Market and the library are still gathering
So whether youíre visiting or just moved to the valley, enjoy
small-town Montana and visit the local Farmerís Market.
The Hamilton Farmerís Market opens at 9 and closes down about
12:30. They always have music and are open rain or shine.
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