The wintertime farmers market in Missoula has a new downtown location, a new name and new hours.
Starting on Saturday, the Missoula Valley Winter Market will be relocated to the Hellgate Elks Lodge at 112 N. Pattee St., right near the Park Place parking garage on East Front.
The market, which had previously been called the Missoula Winter Public Market, had been operating out of an old warehouse on South Third Street for the last two winters. That location is being redeveloped into a new Missoula International School facility.
“Customers are a little more excited about this location,” said market manager Franco Salazar. “People like events that are downtown, so there seems to be a pretty good buzz about it.”
The market will have between 25 and 30 vendors this year.
“It’s a little bit smaller of a space than our previous spot, but only by a couple spaces,” Salazar explained. “We’ll have vendors in the ballroom on the main floor, and we’re also renting out the bar area. And we’ll also have vendors in the entryway.”
There will be live music, as well as a seating area for patrons. So far, one prepared-food vendor will be selling empanadas, and Salazar hopes food trucks decide it’s a good spot.
“We’ll have quite a few produce vendors, and they’re going to have storage crops like potatoes, onions and carrots,” Salazar said. “There will also be fruit preserves and honey. We have a vendor that has grass-fed beef, and we have two cheese vendors: Tucker Family Farm from Victor and Flathead Lake Cheese from Polson. We also have people selling lamb and pork, it’s kind of cool.”
There will also be “high-quality” arts, crafts and jewelry vendors, he added, as well as a woodworker and a few photographers.
“It’s a good little mix,” Salazar said. “Basically the make-up is people from the Clark Fork Market, the Missoula People’s Market and the Missoula Farmer’s Market.”
There will also be new hours: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., so people can sleep in a little bit on Saturday.
For more information, visit Missoula Valley Winter Market on Facebook.