Farmstay U.S. Blog

Created for and by travelers and the farmers, these posts will cover a variety of topics related to farm stays in the U.S.

Gardens to Tables

Whitefish Farmers MarketI just found a wonderful website for garden farmers and cooks interested in sustainable techniques and fresh produce. It's called Gardens to Tables.  Ann Shepphird, affectionately known as the Community Gardener, is one of several writers encouraging a hands-on approach to producing your own food, whatever size plot you own or borrow.

Because Farm Stay U.S. is about reconnecting with the land (and the land provides our food), and because Ann's article below specifically talks about farmer's markets (and many of our farms sell what they produce this way), I thought this was a good fit.

After you have read her piece, check out the farm and ranch stays we have listed in Montana.  You will find a wide variety of offerings, from the large operations of Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork to small ones like Serenity Sheep Farm in Belgrade.

Beyond the Farmer's Market in Whitefish, Montana. By Ann Shepphird. Originally posted 19 July 2009

A great way to get to know a community is to visit its Farmers Market. The Farmers Market in Whitefish, Montana, located in Northwest Montana, is no exception. Held every Tuesday evening from May through September, there are booths with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, arts and crafts -- even soap made from buffalo tallow. Music is playing and it often appears everyone in the town has come out.
But Whitefish has taken the farm-to-table concept one step further and also provides a map to the farms and fresh food found throughout the Flathead Valley, produced by an organization called FarmHands, which has as its mission "connecting people with working lands." (Note: they also offer a groovy "Who's Your Farmer?" bumper sticker.)
The map identifies more than 70 farms, plus seasonal farmers markets in Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork, West Glacier and Columbia Falls, a harvest calendar AND the names of local businesses -- restaurants, hotels and markets -- that buy from local farms. The map and the groovy bumper sticker are available at the farmers market and in businesses throughout town. For more information on FarmHands, contact Barb Brant at
The town of Whitefish is ideal for those who love outdoor adventure -- with summer offerings that include hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting and horseback riding, plus easy access to Glacier National Park, which is celebrating its centennial in 2010 -- and for those who enjoy returning from those adventures to a great meal in a number of wonderful restaurants (that use local produce!). For more information, visit

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