The origin of the Great Falls Original Farmer's Market dates back to the 1970's when Hutterite colonies sold their produce door-to-door. In the late 1970's a handful of Colonies and local farmers started setting up by the Civic Center and thus began the unofficial Great Falls Farmer's Market. They made it official in 1982 when they adopted bylaws and became a non-profit trade association known as the Great Falls Original Farmer's Market.
The Market started in Margaret Park on the north side of the Civic Center. When they outgrew that space they moved to Whittier Park on the south side of the Civic Center. Mike Winters, a former market manager, recalls that when he became manager in 1993 there were 35-40 vendors and when he left in 2000 there were 110 vendors. As the popularity of the Market grew so did the number of vendors so when it needed more space it expanded onto Park Drive and into the parking lot across the street known as the Downtowner Lot.
June 2, 2017 - September 22, 2018
Saturdays, 7:45am to 12pm
July 4, 2017 - September 19, 2018
Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:30pm
Location: Civic Center Park - 2 Park Drive