The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Arlene Weber
Contributing Writer 

Vegetable Gardens of the Jefferson Valley


October 11, 2017

Courtesy Photo

Ke-man Lee with three of her daughters, Rose, Lucille and Loabie.

Early settlers in the Jefferson Valley soon discovered that the combination of good soil and a warm summer climate made this an excellent place to grow fruits and vegetables, if you could obtain enough water. Remnants of old apple orchards can still be found here and up the South Boulder; but, most of the early farms are long forgotten except for bits and pieces on file at the Jefferson Valley Museum.

Once the railroad arrived in the valley in 1890, the ability to ship large quantities of produce spurred the growth of farming. Potatoes, cabbage, carrots and other produce was shipped to Bu...

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