August 2nd

Join us this Saturday at the Helena Amphitheater from 8am- Noon for the Best Butt in Helena Charity BBQ cookoff. We will also have free peaches and cream. Come bring some donations and sample the best BBQ in Helena and support the Friends of Helena Schools.

July 26th

Helena Market Days
This Saturday from 8am til Noon will be another amazing day for Helena's award winning Helena Market Days. There will be local farmer's sharing their produce and wares (including local honey, and fresh baked bread). At 9am we will have  our local Crow's Corner Publix grocery store will be demonstrating some of their Aprons (TM) recipes. Publix Aprons is about enjoying food to its fullest. Their culinary experts focus on making cooking fun and fulfilling, and simple enough to fit into today's busy lifestyles. With delicious, quick recipes and exciting cooking classes, Aprons makes preparing good food as easy as eating it.
Special Musical Guest
Some of you know her as the proprietor and instructor at Helena's Old Towne Music. Others will know her as the lead female vocalist of renowned local rock legends, the M-80s. This Saturday you will get to know Erin Trapolino Black as our next featured acoustic solo artist. Hope you can make it!

Don't forget that next Saturday is the Best Butt in Helena Cook Off. Please come and enjoy so BBQ and support the Schools!

Helena Market Days July 19th

Special Chef Demonstration will be by Robert Browning

Charity in the Spotlight
The Helena History Preservation Society will be on site sharing Helena History

Helena Market July 5th

Charity Spotlight
This coming Saturday, July 5th, will bring to the market our most highly anticipated nonprofit outreach participant of the year, the Shelby Humane Society. This incredible pet rescue and placement service has saved the lives of innumerable furry friends and needs our continued support in order to continue their mission. Please stop by to wish them well and perhaps even take home a furry friend of your own. For additional details regarding what pets they may be bringing to the market, please contact Meghan Wayman, Adoption and Outreach Manager, at 205-667-3916, Ext. 12.

Special Musical Guest
We offer another Helena home-grown talent for your enjoyment: Jeremy Puckett. Jeremy has played for us in previous years and has a great sound for our event.

This Saturday at the Market

We are excited to present another new addition to our lineup, that being Jim Quakenbush. Please join us for Jim's repertoire of swing and patriotic tunes this coming Saturday, June 28th.
Musical variety abounds at Helena Market Days. Join us on June 28th to hear the stirring sounds of Jim Quakenbush's (JQ's "Swing Time") trumpet. Jim performs to support "A Veteran's Final Call" which is set up to provide families with a live bugler for their lost ones rather than the prerecorded versions many are getting.

NeverThirst, this week's designated nonprofit, will be setting up a “LemonAID” stand this Saturday. Neverthirst is a faith based organization that provides clean water to villages in Sudan, India, etc. that don’t have access to sanitary water. All proceeds will go to fund clean water projects for those in need. There will be handouts for customers wishing to know more about the good work that NeverThirst does around the world. Please visit their Facebook page or their website at

Bellinis to the Farmers Market

For those who were asking for this past Saturday's recipes for Bellinis at the Farmers Market
Executive Chef/Owner Matthew G. Lagace
Summer Time Pork Tenderloin
Serves 4
For the Pork Tenderloin
12-3oz Tenderloin Filets
1 cup of Dale’s Marinade
½ cup Canola Oil
Montreal Steak Seasoning to taste
For the Loaded Fingerling Potato Salad
1lbs of Fingerling Potato’s
½ Pound of your favorite thick cut bacon
1.5 cups Sour Cream
¼ cup fresh Finely Diced Chives
½ cup Extra sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 packet dried Ranch Powder
For The Slaw
1/2lbs Thinly Sliced Green Cabbage
½ cup Finely Grated Carrots
¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/8 Sugar
1/8 cup Vegetable Oil
1 tlbs Creole Mustard
1 tlbs Coleman’s Dry Mustard
1.5 tsp Celery Salt
Fresh Black Pepper to Taste

1.       Clean the pork tenderloin and remove all silver skin.
2.       Cut pork into Filets just like a Filet Mignon.
3.       Mix Dale’s and Oil together then marinated Pork Filet’s for at least 2 hours.
4.       While Filets are Marinating cut your fingerling potatoes in half and place in a pot of boiling water cook till tender about 12-15 minutes. Drain, cool and reserve.
5.       Mix together sour cream, chives, cheese and bacon toss with chilled potatoes and reserve again.
6.       Mix together your vinegar, sugar, oil, both mustards and celery salt and season to taste with black pepper. Add your shredded carrots and cabbage and mix all together.
7.       Preheat your grill to med-high and grill your pork filet to medium well. (Internal Temp should read 150 degrees. Pull off the grill as for the pork will continue to cook up.
8.       As for plating we call them dishers (ice cream scoopers) and place 3 scoops of the Fingerling Potato Salad on the plate top it with a Pork Filet and finish with some of the coleslaw.
(Optional: you can heat up some of your favorite BBQ sauce and drizzle on the plate around it or even on the top)

9.       We even did a fried homemade pickle on the top.Sit back relax you made it!!!!!!! Enjoy……