Nov 24, 2012 8:09 PM by Brin Merkley - KPAX News
MISSOULA - Dozens of people brought their grocery lists to the Heirloom Winter Market on Saturday, and organizers say the money spent helps sustain more than just pantries.
Even after the summer farmers markets are closed, the Heirloom Winter Market features goods throughout winter, from local farmers, ranchers, artisans, and businesses.
Heirloom Market organizer Kristen Lee-Charlson says not only do customers get a sense of where their food is coming from, and how it was prepared, but there are also other advantages to eating local.
"So, anytime you go out and spend food dollars, or any other dollars, shopping at a store or an environment that is not locally owned, not a locally owned business, that money leaves our economy immediately," she said.
The Heirloom Market focuses primarily on food and agriculture and will run until April at the Missoula County Fairgrounds every Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Also, the Missoula Winter Market on Mullan Road offers local goods and produce.