Archive for June, 2013

Organic Farming in Montana

June 29th, 2013 by Emily Wachsman

Montana Organic FarmingWith a long history dedicated to the preservation of the stunning outdoors, it is no wonder that Montana is also involved in the organic, farm-fresh, and local food movement sweeping the nation.  The Montana agricultural sector historically has grown much of the food eaten in the state.  In the 1930′s, food processing was our state’s top occupation. According to Grow Montana, in 1950, about 70 percent of the food we ate in Montana was actually grown in the state.  However, in today’s modern society, only 15% of the $3 billion dollars spent on food is actually grown in Montana.  In an effort to reverse these trends, organizations like Grow Montana, local food co-ops, and farmers throughout the state are joining together to build a local, Montana-based sustainable food system that can provide long-term, viable, and healthy solutions for our state’s economy, land and people.  At the Paradise Gateway Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Homes, we are strong supporters of our local farmers, and do our best to prepare local foods as often as possible in our homemade, gourmet breakfasts.  Book your stay at our Montana bed and breakfast now, and let us help you discover some of the great farm-fresh products from our region.

We believe that organically-grown food is better for our bodies, our environment and our communities for a number of reasons.  Organic produce is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and other products linked to health and environmental degradation. Perhaps more important than that, is that organic growers use renewable resources and sustainable growing methods that support soil sustainability, respect regional water quality, and contribute to conservation and biodiversity.  In recent years, there has been remarkable growth in the organic foods industry, growing up to 17 percent annually in 2005.  Organic foods are certified by USDA accredited independent agencies, and must follow strict guidelines in the production of crops and livestock.  Purchasing locally grown and produced food when possible ensures that you get the freshest, best-tasting food possible.  In additional to that, purchasing locally sourced foods helps to support family farms instead of large-scale industrial agriculture, it helps keep monies in our local communities, thereby supporting the health of the local economy, and it supports healthy environmental policies by promoting land stewardship and reducing the amount of fuels needed to transport foods long-distances.  A final benefit not to be forgotten is that you have the opportunity to know the farmer(s) that produced and harvested your food, and you know the land that it came from.Montana Organic Farming

When you stay at the Paradise Gateway Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Homes, there are many nearby locations where you can buy organic and/or locally-produced foods throughout your stay in Montana.  Start by visiting the Livingston Farmer’s Market each Wednesday from 4:00-7:30 p.m. for some of the best regional products around.  The Community Food Co-op in Bozeman is the largest natural foods cooperative in Montana, with over 22,000 member-owners.  The Community Food Co-op supports a large Farm to Market program, supplying customers with local, fresh, seasonal goods produced by members of their own region.  The Community Food Co-op is a huge success, nationally recognized and awarded, and still committed to its original mission to environmental awareness, nutritional advocacy, and support of local agriculture.  Also located in Bozeman is Market Day Foods, where you can join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  A CSA is an arrangement between the farmer and customer that provides money in advance to the farmer during the planning and planting season when there is no cash flow to operate the farm, in exchange for a weekly box of produce throughout the growing season.

 

Montana Hiking

June 22nd, 2013 by Emily Wachsman

Montana HikingThere is no better place to experience the outdoors than in Montana, but getting started can be a real challenge.  With choices as vast as the landscape, there is no shortage of options when planning an outdoor adventure in southwest Montana.  In all there are 77 mountain ranges in Montana, with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area and the Gallatin National Forest located near our beautiful Montana bed and breakfast. The potential for Montana hiking and backpacking is endless and inviting.  Located near Emigrant, MT, Paradise Gateway Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Homes is ideally located near National Parks and other wilderness areas, making it an ideal spot for outdoorsmen to visit.  Book your stay with us now to experience some of these stunning Montana hiking opportunities, and learn what it is that makes Montana so special to those who visit.

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, home to more than 900,000 acres of beautiful wilderness, is located just minutes away from the Paradise Gateway Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Homes, and is home to some of the most beautiful Montana hiking around. In the west, this territory is characterized by the Absaroka Mountains, where stratified volcanic and metamophic rocks give rise to stunning forested valleys and the majestic, rugged peaks characteristic of the Paradise Valley.  To the east, this wilderness area is dominated by the high granite plateaus of the Beartooth Mountains, where hundreds of lakes lie among the bald rock and alpine tundra of the plateaus. This country is starkly beautiful but extremely fragile with unpredictable changes in weather.  One of our favorite Montana hiking opportunities in the area is up to Emigrant Peak.  Emigrant peak casts a broad shadow over the well-known Paradise Valley in Southwest Montana, and its prominence in this region makes it arguably one of the most popular hikes in the area. We love to send our clients up the Pine Creek Trail, as well as up to the beautiful Passage Falls.  Other notable hikes in this region are the East Rosebud trail, also known as “The Beaten Path”, The Phantom Creek Trail, which leads to both Slough Lake and Montana’s highest peak, Granite peak, and the trail up to Mystic Lake in the Beartooth Mountains.

Montana Hiking

Yellowstone National Park

A blog post about the ample Montana hiking opportunities near the Paradise Gateway Bed and breakfast and Vacation Homes would be incomplete without mention of the amazing hiking trails in nearby Yellowstone National Park.  Yellowstone National Park, encompassing 2.2 million acres, is one of America’s premier wilderness areas, and is home to over 1,100 trails for use by day hikers.  Many extended hikes into Yellowstone’s Backcountry begin in the Canyon Area, including Observation Peak, Cascade Lake, and the Seven Mile Hole.  Mammoth Area hikes are also very popular, and includes trails such as Lava Creek and Sepulcher Mountain.  Of course the ever-popular Old Faithful area is a great location for Montana hiking within Yellowstone National Park, and includes the Divide trail, which crosses the Continental Divide, as well as trails to both mystic and fairy falls.  Many of these wonderful hikes and more can be found in the Day Hike Sampler produced by the National Park Service.  No matter which hiking trails best suit you, you will never forget the time spent in our stunning Montana outdoors.  Don’t wait to book your stay with us at the Paradise Gateway Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Homes, and dive into your perfect Montana hiking adventure.

 

 

 

 

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