Farmers Gear up for Gardner's Market - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Farmers Gear up for Gardner's Market

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

For the third year in a row, farmers around Billings are harvesting their crops for the Healthy By Design Gardner's Market.

Farmers say it gives residents an opportunity to buy locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables at affordable prices. It started up three years ago, and according to Riverstone Health prevention health specialist Alyssa Auvinen, it was the result of discussions during a Riverstone Health diabetes focus group.

"One of the big things that came out of that focus group is that some of our clients didn't feel like they had enough to access to fresh fruits and vegetables that they could afford on tight budgets," says Auvinen.

Local Billings farmer John King has been involved in the gardner's market for two years.

"Its been quite adventure. I really enjoy it. It started out pretty slow at the farmers market last year but it started picking up more and more and we got business," says King.

King is picking fresh arugula, salad greens, spinach, lettuce, baby greens, and radishes to offer up to the community.

"You get a healthier product that's grown without chemicals and grown locally so its not shipped or transported," says King.

And King himself uses all organic fertilizers from his one-acre garden, providing fresh ingredients for an affordable price.

"All three census tracks on the south side of billings are actually food deserts. so that means that its hard for people to easily access fresh fruit vegetables, dairy products and things like that," says Auvinen.

Most of the farmers who attend the Gardner's Market offer chemical-free vegetables and produce. And the market is here to stay every Thursday until October 3rd.

 

  • LocalMore>>

  • Not In Our Town Public Meeting

    Not In Our Town Public Meeting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:11 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:11:36 GMT
    Not In Our Town held an informal town hall meeting Wednesday at the Billings Public Library.
    Not In Our Town held an informal town hall meeting Wednesday at the Billings Public Library.
  • Sage Tower Fire Clean-up, Injured Man in Critical Condition

    Sage Tower Fire Clean-up, Injured Man in Critical Condition

    Sage Tower Fire Clean-up, Injured Man in Critical Condition

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:14:59 GMT
    Workers at Sage Tower, a local assisted living apartment complex, are cleaning up after a fire from Tuesday night.
    Workers at Sage Tower, a local assisted living apartment complex, are cleaning up after a fire from Tuesday night.
  • Shakespeare Turns 450

    Shakespeare Turns 450

    Shakespeare Turns 450

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:01:39 GMT
    Actors with the Montana Shakes! program had children rolling on the ground in laughter as they celebrated Shakespeare's 450th birthday.
    Actors with the Montana Shakes! program had children rolling on the ground in laughter as they celebrated Shakespeare's 450th birthday.