1st Market Saturday, June 18, 2016

The first market of the 2016 season begins Saturday, June 18th. Come down and see what all the local talented people have been working on all winter.

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GVFM helps open new doors for Gwen Morgan

Photography opens new doors for Grandma Gwen

 Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Chronicle

Everyday People – Gwen Morgan

Photography opens new doors for Grandma GwenGAIL SCHONTZLER, Chronicle Staff Writer The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Gwen Morgan’s husband gave her a digital camera for Christmas 10 years ago, never thinking it might change her life.

She took her first photos of ducks on a pond and was astonished to see the images on a computer screen.

“Just fantastic,” Morgan said. She won a couple of ribbons at the Gallatin County Fair.

Then she started selling at the Gallatin Farmers Market, first photos and later notecards. “It snowballed from there.”

One of her most popular images is “Three Colts and a Cat.” She was photographing three yearling colts, nicely grouped at a feed trough, when “a cat hopped up there to say hi. I snapped the picture.” She can’t keep it in stock.

“It started as a hobby,” she said. “Now it’s a business.”

She even makes her own frames from scratch.

Gray-haired, short and a grandmother four times over, 60-year-old Morgan doesn’t fit the image of a macho wildlife photographer. Yet she has taken handsome photos of bison, raptors, Canada geese, deer and other wildlife.

She learned to sidle up to wild animals, not looking at them directly, so they won’t feel threatened. Great patience helps.

Morgan said the thing that really changed her life was cataract surgery. Afterward, colors were “just wow … Detail was so brilliant and sharp. I got an appreciation for seeing things.

“Between the cataract surgery and photography, it’s awakened a curiosity, a childlike curiosity almost,” she said. “It has made me rich in that respect.”

She wears out a camera a year. She likes her Nikon digital single lens reflex camera for its flip-out screen. “It comes in handy for short grandmas.”

“I like to show people what they’re missing,” Morgan said. “People have tunnel vision, they don’t notice what’s around them. We live in such a beautiful place.”

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No Market Saturday July 23, 2016 because of the county fair!

Enjoy the Gallatin County Fair on the 23rd.  See you again on the 30th at the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market!

 

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Market helps children

Nancy Tanner, who owns Paws and People, is a vendor at the market along with her 2 children.  Here is what Nancy said about the market helping her children: “My oldest daughter paid for 1/2 of her 8th grade Europe trip by working at the market for the past 2 summers.  She worked hard and was committed and it afforded her a trip of a life time.  Now she is committed to doing this to help pay for a study abroad program in high school.  Her younger brother is just now seeing how his work is paying off and is starting to save for his 8th grade trip.  Because of the opportunities the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market has provided for my children, they have been learning a great deal about work, life and the pay offs from commitment, so thank you!

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How do we use the market funds?

The Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market is presented by Career Transitions, Inc. a non-profit organization. The proceeds from the farmers’ market help to fund many programs that Career Transitions, Inc. use to enrich our community. Career Transitions, Inc. has programs ranging from GED readiness to computer classes and everything in between.  They offer a range of adult education classes as well.

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Space for rent

Career Transitions, Inc. has joined workforce system agencies through partnerships housed in a central facility that provides educational opportunities to meet the present and future workforce and economic development needs. We currently have both warehouse and office spaces available for rent. Contact us for details!

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Download our banners

You can now use official Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market banners on your website.  This is a great way to show your support for our organization and our community.  Download our banners in several different sizes.  Right click and “save as” the images below to use on your site.

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