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
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 grounds.
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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