It's officially market season in Missoula as last weekend saw the opening day of the Missoula Farmers Market and the Clark Fork River Market. Things aren't all the way back to normal yet when it comes to the markets - there's still masks and some limitations to deal with - but at least prepared and hot food is allowed this year after being prohibited last year. Don't forget, the Clark Fork River Market has a temporary location next to the carousel this year.....and keep in mind the Missoula People's Market has set June 5 as their opening day this year.

Need a lift to one of Missoula's downtown markets?

If you're in need of transportation to the downtown markets, or maybe just prefer to not have to drive, Mountain Line has announced that they'll restart their trolley service to the markets after COVID canceled the program last year. Service will begin again this Saturday and it will run every 20 minutes between 8:55 AM and 11:45 AM every Saturday through September 25. An NBC MONTANA article describes the route of the Mountain Line service: "the trolley runs from the Lewis and Clark Villages and Dornblaser Park and Ride lot down Higgins Avenue to the XXXXs. Riders may catch the trolley at any designated Mountain Line bus stop, as indicated on the special route map."

So many events, activities, and services around Missoula were wiped out last year because of COVID. It's a pretty great feeling every time we see an announcement saying that something is back to the way it once was. It's just one more little piece of promise that things are slowly returning to a sense of normal.

If it works to take the Mountain Line service to the Saturday markets....not only does it help with parking and congestion downtown.....it's also free. Keep in mind that masks are required for all riders over the age of two.

Get more info on the trolley service to the downtown markets here.

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