2013 local foods directory now available

BISMARCK - The 2013 edition of the North Dakota Local Foods Directory is now available from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said, “This is your guidebook for finding fresh, high quality, food products such as fruits and vegetables, eggs, jams and jellies, beef, goat, lamb, poultry and other locally-sourced products.”

The 48-page directory lists more than 125 local food providers, including farmers markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own gardens, CSAs 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, former North Dakota State University Extension horticulturalist, developed the information for the calendar.

Free copies of the 2013 Local Foods 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. Directories are now being sent to people who requested them in the past.

Copies will also be available at libraries, local chambers of commerce and county extension offices.