Livingston Farmers Market
In 2002, Western Sustainability Exchange assumed the role of organizer of the Livingston Farmers Market in Livingston, Montana. Since then, music and special event days were added, and the market has exploded in number of vendors and community engagement.
The market now features prepared food vendors, locally brewed beer, arts and crafts, baked goods, and farm and ranch products featuring the freshest, healthiest food our region has to offer.
It generates nearly $250,000 for the local economy each year. To read more about the economic impact of the Livingston Farmers Market, you can check out our fact sheet here.
Every Wednesday 4:30 to 7:30 pm
May 29th to Sept. 18th, 2019 at Miles Band Shell Park (rain or shine)
Please read our FAQs first if you're interested in a booth!
Come rain, shine - or wind, this summer’s free Farmers Market runs each Wednesday from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm from May 29th through September 18th, at Miles Band Shell Park, next to the Livingston Civic Center. Special Event Days will include: May 29 - Wildfire Preparedness Day; June 5 - Kids Day/Yellowstone Ballet School; June 19 - Community Health Day; July 3 - Independence Day; July 10 - GIVE A HOOT Park County Fundraising Drive Kickoff Day; July 31 - Fitness Day: Mind, Body & Soul; Aug. 7 - Art at the Market; and, Aug. 21 - Eat Local Day.
Musical Performers will include: May 29 - Park High School Jazz Department; June 5 - Shelly Besler Kersbergen; June 12 - Mathias; June 19 - Leif Christian; June 26 - Naughty Pine; July 3 - Derek Ivester and Eric Wink; July 10 - Brian Ernst; July 17 - The Boomerangs; July 24 - Little Jane; July 31 - Sarah Price; Aug. 7 - Emily Grace; Aug. 14 - Open Range; Aug. 21 - Raven Roshi; Aug. 28 - TractorBeam; Sept. 4 - Swingly Jazz Trio; Sept. 11 - Mixed Tape Band; Sept. 18 - Paul Lee Kupfer.
Starting July 3, WSE will begin distributing $50 vouchers to low-income senior citizens through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program while supplies last. Last year 50 seniors used the vouchers to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and honey.
NEW FARMERS MARKET MANAGER
WSE is proud to announce that Shannan Mascari is the new Farmers Market Manager. Shannan is a long-time Livingston resident with over 18 years of administrative experience. She and her husband Jason have three children and can often be found at soccer games, enjoying the great outdoors, or simply relaxing at their home on the Yellowstone River. She is also a hatha yoga instructor.
“Everyone at WSE is delighted that Shannan Mascari is taking the helm at our Farmers Market,” said Lill Erickson, WSE Executive Director. “She brings enthusiasm and great experience to the position, and is an integral part of the Livingston community.”
“I’m passionate about protecting the Montana way of life and healing our precious planet. The mission of WSE is a perfect fit for me and I’m excited to join the team. I look forward to bringing my passion and collaborative vision to the Farmers Market,” said Shannan. “The people of this community are amazing, and it’s an honor to be working for them and with them.”
Assisting Shannan with the market are Market Assistant Addie Pittman and Interns Allison and Emily Cooley.
Shannan assumes management from Miranda Bly, who provided administrative support for the market since 2013, and took over management in 2017. WSE says a fond farewell and sincere thank you to Miranda Bly for her seven years of hard work at WSE.
Dogs and smoking are prohibited. There is a city ordinance stating that dogs are not allowed at the park during events without a special permit unless it’s a certified service dog wearing its vest (and we’ve been told therapy dogs do not count as service dogs). Since cars heat up very quickly on hot days, please leave your dogs in the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, we can no longer allow balloons at the Livingston Farmers Market due to the hazard to the wildlife in the park, lagoon and river.
Sponsoring a Special Day or music at the farmers market is a great opportunity to link your organization's name with the Livingston Farmers Market. You can help build community and promote your business. Contact Shannan at the office or download the sponsorship flyer on the right for more information. You can even propose your own Special Day theme if you don't see one you like!
For a schedule of 2019 special events & music, click here.
If you are a vendor who wants a booth, please see the forms above on the right.
If you’d like to follow us on Facebook, the Livingston Farmers Market now has its own page here.
Prepared Food Vendors:
Anyone selling food needs to follow the Farmers' Market Guidelines put out by Montana's DPHHS Food & Consumer Safety Section. If you need to be licensed or have any questions about these guidelines, you may contact Brian Beckner, the Park County Environmental Health Specialist, at (406) 222-4145 or (406) 223-1189 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to sell prepared food, you need to contact us beforehand. We have a limited amount of space for prepared food vendors, and we have a waiting list. Please read the Food Vendor Regulations to see if you meet all the requirements first.
Are you interested in accepting SFMNP coupons? It’s a simple process, but you must attend one of the trainings that will be announced as soon as we hear the dates. If you have questions or cannot make these trainings, you may contact Jacqueline Stoeckel about SFMNP at (406)444-6061 or email@example.com. Please take a moment to get familiar with the Cottage Food Law. Here are the DPHHS 2019 Farmers' Market Guidelines for food sales.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
2019 marks the eleventh year that WSE is bringing the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to Park County. Starting July 3, WSE will begin distributing $50 vouchers to low-income senior citizens while supplies last. Last year 50 seniors used the vouchers to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and honey. Coupons will be handed out to qualified seniors at WSE's booth at the Livingston Farmers Market beginning on July 3rd on a first come, first served basis until we run out.
Will you work for food? - Volunteers Needed
We'll start issuing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers to qualified seniors on July 3rd, and we'll need volunteers to work in the booth between 4:30 and 7:30 helping seniors fill out the applications and going over the rules. We'll buy you dinner and can guarantee a good time will be had by all! Email Shannan Mascari to sign up.
Program Contact: Shannan Mascari 406.222.0730