What I love about Missoula (No. 157)

by jhwygirl

Benson’s Farm, located at the corner of 7th and Reserve, right here in the Garden City.

One of the many highlights of Misdemeanor Meadows (Ward 6) is Benson’s Farm and their luscious collection of oh-so-very-fresh vegetables that they’re practically picking them and placing them directly in your hands.

Benson’s is open daily until 6 – even on Sundays. And I either walk down or stop by on my way home from work. Many in the neighborhood do the same – there’s a certain charm to seeing your neighbor walking down the street swinging a zucchini in one hand while holding his 4 year old son’s hand with the other.

Their sweet corn is legendary – and they constantly refilling the bins as you are there selecting your perfect ear.

The selection of fresh peppers and zucchini and cucumbers and tomatoes is absolutely gorgeous. Heirloom tomatoes….and something I’ve never seen before – purple green peppers. Purple outside, green inside. Fresh broccoli, and other veggies I don’t even know the name.

Those purple peppers are in the oven now roasting with some onions and zucchini and balsamic vinegar, to be tossed with some pasta when sufficiently browned. Yum.

They’ve got $10 monstrous mum pots…but probably not for long now that I’ve mentioned them. What a deal.

But I’ve got mine – better get yours, while they last. ;-)


  1. Speaking of peppers, if you’re looking for something to make with fresh hot or mild chile peppers, why not try the chile pesto recipe featured in this week’s Independent? Gee, I wonder who provided it. ;-)

  2. Benson’s Farm! K. takes the kids there all the time! It’s just down the street…

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