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Old Town Farmstand providing locally produced food, hosting June 9 event

Operating out of one of the first homes built on the original town site of Three Forks, the Old Town Farmstand opened in 2023 with the goal of providing locally produced food, supporting local businesses, and connecting the community.

Owner Roxanne Mulder said the business at 275 Old Town Road just across the Interstate from Three Forks operates as a Farmers' Market, adding it is located at a historic property founded by the Dunbar family in the 1860s.

"The home that the shop and bakery are located in was built in 1908 on the original town site. We were fortunate enough to be able to buy it from the last generation of the family to live at the property in January 2023. The property that the farm is located on used to be a large social gathering place in the early history of Three Forks. We appreciate this connection and want to offer options for the community to connect here again," Mulder said.

The Old Town Farmstand has an indoor farm shop open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday through Friday. During the summer, the shop is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays so they can attend the Three Forks and Manhattan Farmer's Markets.

According to Mulder, the Old Town Farmstand wants to provide quality local food.

"In Montana, over 97% of our food is imported from out of state. Our products include breads, pastries, sandwiches, salads, pasture-raised chicken, and produce (seasonally). We also produce and sell vegetable starts so folks can grow their own vegetables. We use organic ingredients wherever possible. We also try to source as much locally as possible. Our sourdough bread, in particular, is unique as it is cold fermented for 72 hours and is easier for those with gluten intolerance to digest. Our pastries use seasonal ingredients, when possible, as well. Our products change frequently based on what is available," she said.

In April 2024, the business opened an indoor farm shop to sell food products year-round.

"In the shop, we also offer space for local businesses and vendors to sell their products. We have tallow lotions, candy, linens, cups, and other locally produced products and gifts. We are excited to find other folks who would like to sell their products through our shop," Mulder said.

This summer, the Old Town Farmstand will host "Summer Second Sunday" markets at the farm, where local food trucks, musicians, and activities will be featured once per month.

"We will have an outdoor farmer's market on our property as well on those days. We want to provide a fun, family-oriented experience," Mulder said.

The next Second Summer Sunday market on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will have a "Wild West Theme".

"We know a local horse trainer, a farrier, and several vendors that have some great western-themed products. We wanted to bring them together and offer some unique activities where people can ride a horse, practice roping, make western-themed jewelry, and watch a blacksmith in action. We will also have a bounce house and Blue Smoke wood-fired pizzas here," said Mulder. "We are extremely excited to be able to host this event. We have seen such a great response from our community so far. Hosting events has been a learning experience and we appreciate all the patience and support while we learn how to host these events," said Mulder. "We look forward to being able to have other themed events through the summer. We will be offering a day with farm-themed art projects, a farm tour, a petting zoo, and a harvest festival later this year. Hope to see you at the farm soon."

For more information about the Old Town Farmstand, call 406-285-8939, email [email protected], or visit http://www.oldtownfarmstand.com.

 
 
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