2011 LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE

BISMARCK – The 2011 edition of the North Dakota Local Foods Directory is now available from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

“This is your guidebook for finding fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, jams and jellies, beef, goat, lamb, poultry and other locally-sourced products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “More people want fresh, high quality, locally grown food products, and producers are responding by offering new and different products.”

The 64-page directory lists more than 160 local food providers, including farmers markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own gardens and home delivery produce operations.

Each listing includes the name of the operation, address, phone number, description of products offered, times of operation and contact persons. Maps show the location of farmers markets.

The directory also contains a harvest calendar to help consumers determine the best times of the growing season to buy locally-grown vegetables, fruits and bedding plants. Ron Smith, North Dakota State University Extension horticulturalist, developed the information for the calendar.

Goehring said the local food movement is continuing to grow in North Dakota and across the country.

“When you buy local, you're not only getting the best for your family, you're also helping local producers and the local economy,” he said.

Free copies of the 2011 Local Food Directory can be obtained by contacting the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, 600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept 602, Bismarck, ND 58505-0020; phone: (800) 242-7535; fax: (701) 328-4567; e-mail: ndda@nd.gov. Copies will also be available at libraries, local chambers of commerce and county extension offices.