Did you know that if you buy just 25% of your groceries from local farmers, in one year you would reduce your carbon footprint by 225 pounds? That's even more than recycling glass, plastics and cans!*
Buying locally grown in Missoula Montana has never been easier. With Missoula's Good Food Store, located at 1600 South Third St. West, you can find organic and locally grown produce, grains, beef and more. They even offer cooking classes to help you learn how to cook and eat healthy.
The Missoula community has a publication that will assist you with buying, cooking, and finding locally grown food - Edible Missoula. This is a free quarterly publication that focuses on in-season local foods.
Missoula is also home to several local Farmer's Markets -
The downtown Farmer's Market is Open from mid-May to mid-October every Saturday from 9:00am - 12:00pm and in July and August, Tuesday evenings from 5:45 to 7:15pm. This is one of the largest and is also paired with a People's Market where you can buy wares from local artists and crafters. It is located at Circle Square and the beginning of North Higgins Avenue and is sponsored by the Missoula Downtown Association.
Missoula's Saturday Market is open Saturdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm from the first Saturday in May to the third Saturday in October. The Missoula Saturday Market is located on Pine Street in beautiful downtown Missoula, just off Higgins Avenue.
Missoula's Clark Fork River Market is quickly becoming a favorite and is located under the Higgins Avenue Bridge, just East of The Wilma building. It starts on May 2nd 2009 and goes from 8:00 am to 1:00 p.m.
For more information on reducing your carbon foodprint, visit www.ecohatchery.com/calculator.
*Eating Well Magazine, February 2009