Sure Montana has cows, but it also has dairies, cheese and ice cream makers. The same is true for wheat, barley, beer and liquor. Many of these are small, local businesses, but they do create jobs, and encouraging the growth of the value-added agriculture industry in Montana is part of the goal behind the state’s “Growth Through Agriculture” grant program.
The Flathead-based Sweet Peaks ice cream shops recently won a $15,000 matching grant through the program.
Owner Marissa Dauenhauer says different ice cream flavors they make feature different Montana-grown products.