Local Foods Guide for Pasty Throw-down
The Great Pasty Throw down is meant to determine not just who can make the best pasty but who can make the best local pasty. Years ago, the majority of all food consumed by Montanans was produced here within the state. Though Montana is heavily rooted in agriculture, the majority of the food we eat is shipped in from far away. Butte is tough– Butte is resilient. Through the toughest of times, the community has persevered. We encourage all contestants to source ingredients locally and support your local producers, distributors, and grocers to help fortify our local food network. Wheat, beef, butter and potatoes are all produced right here in Montana. Sourcing locally helps the freshness of the product, saves on food miles, and makes our community more resilient. This guide is meant to help you source foods that are produced in our own backyard.
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Some local producers & processors of pasty ingredients
*This is not a complete list. We encourage you to use the directories to find out who your farmer is!
Mark and his wife, Denise, are third generation potato farmers who operate Bausch Potato Inc., their family farm is located just south of Whitehall, MT. In 1947, the Bausch Family started their own potato farm. In the 1970’s a processing facility was built to produce potato products like fresh hash browns and French fries. Today, 45 acres of their farm yields approximately 1600 tons of potatoes. Their large baking potatoes, hash browns, French fries, and diced potatoes are served in University Dining Services restaurants, local schools, hospitals, and restaurants all over the western and central Montana.
White’s Potato Farm Inc.
Growing Classic Russet; Clearwater Russet; Huckleberry Gold; Norland “Dark Red”; Yukon Gold
Strike Farms grows well over 100 different varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and potted plants each season that are available through our Summer and Winter Vegetable Subscriptions, local Bozeman Farmers’ Markets, Town & Country Foods, the Community Food Co-op, Heebs, Rosauers, Planet Natural, Ace Hardware, and several other Bozeman area establishments. We also provide Strike products to select stores and restaurants in Billings, Big Sky, Butte, Helena, and Livingston.
Wheat Montana Farms
Three Forks, MT
Our family has been farming and milling in Southwest Montana for three generations. We grow our grain sustainably and mill it just down the road. That means we can guarantee that our products are top quality, healthy, and farm fresh.
Fort Benton, MT
We are one of the region’s leading purchasers of organic grains, and provided farmers a market for a diverse range of crops. These include pulse crops as well as wheat, feed grains, spelt and rye. We are also a market for conventional spring, winter and durum wheat.
Today, dozens of our organic farmers grow gourmet legumes and heirloom grains using biologically diverse farm systems. Under the brand Timeless Natural Food, this “lentil underground” has grown into a million dollar enterprise that sells to hundreds of independent natural foods stores, and a host of renowned restaurants.
We started Heggelund Ranch in the summer of 2015. We felt it was important for people to be able to purchase quality meat products from a local producer. If our consumers plan to keep their income local, then we should too. We use a local meat processor and purchase winter feed that is grown in surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide a quality product that is not only good for the consumer, but also in a way that increases the health of the environment.
Twin Bridges, Montana
406 596 2002
MT Cross Farms specializes in pigs and sheep. We use sustainable farming practices to bring quality products to consumers. Our products include custom pork and lamb meat cuts as well as Icelandic sheep fibers and decoration.
As stewards of over 30,000 acres of the Montana range, we bear responsibility to you and to our cattle, and to the land underfoot. That’s why our success isn’t just measured in a delicious, tender steak. Success, for us, is measured in the richness and diversity of the land we graze, in the gentle silence of a herd moved humanely and without stress, and in the strength and wellbeing of our local communities. From our land stewardship principles, to our animal husbandry, to the steak on your table, we believe that food raised with honesty and integrity makes for healthier communities.
Distributors that carry local foods
Missoula, MT 59802
Bozeman, MT 59719
Bozeman MT 59718
Grocers nearby that source local foods
9 S. Montana St
422 N. Excelsior Ave.
820 Dewey Blvd
134 W Park St
4939 U.S. Highway 287 North
Ennis, MT 59729
Belgrade, Bozeman, Livingston
1096 Helena Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
908 W Main
Farmers’ markets nearby
Butte Farmers’ Market
Park Street between Montana and Main
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. May 18 through October 5
Anaconda Community Market
Anaconda, MT 59711
Tuesday’s from 4-7pm, July 9th through September 10th
Dillon Farmers’ Market
Lodgepole Street adjacent the Dillon Reservoir
Fridays, Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm, June 7- September 13, 2019
Farmers’ Market Helena Montana
Fuller Ave, Helena
Sat: 9:00 – 1:00
City Hall Parking Lot, East Helena
Tue: 4:00 – 7:00
Starting April 28th
Gallatin Valley Farmers Market
Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, 901 North Black
Saturdays – 9am to Noon, June 22– September 14, 2019
Bogert’s Farmer’s Market
Bogert Park, South Church Avenue
Tuesdays, June 5-Sept. 25, 2018
Market Hours: 5-8pm
Missoula Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 4 through October 26, 2019.
Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., June through September, 2019.
Tools to find local products near you
Explore Montana’s sustainable agriculture, local food, Farmers’ Markets, and Agritourism through an interactive map
This directory lists over 30,000 family farms and farmers markets, along with restaurants and grocery stores that feature local food. We call it a ‘grassroots’ directory because each member creates and maintains their own listing.
This directory lists all products with the Grown in Montana certification. Montana may be famous for world-class beef and grain, but that isn’t all we grow here. Find our other high-quality products from across the state.
This directory lists all businesses that produce local commodities. The Sustainable Living System is a non-profit organization whose primary focus is to build a Local Food System here where we live.
This is a list of growers that whose goal is to provide the market in our region with fresh, quality products from our farms.