Farmers market slated Aug. 6 at the State Capitol

BISMARCK – Melons, cucumbers, beef, garlic, honey, tomatoes, pork, sweet corn, lettuce, jams, jellies, baked goods, dairy products and more will be on sale Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the 10th annual North Dakota Farmers Market Day at the Capitol.

“There's no better way to celebrate National Farmers Market Week than to buy fresh-picked, North Dakota fruit and vegetables, meet the growers and get recipes and tips on buying produce,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “This is the first year fresh meat and dairy products will be sold at the event.”

More than 20 vendors from across the state will participate in the market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the top of the Capitol loop on the south lawn.

      • The Capitol Café and Fireflour Pizza will sell lunches featuring locally-produced foods from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • Members of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra will provide live music from noon to 1 p.m.
      • 2014 North Dakota Dairy Princess Susan Hintz will serve free ice cream samples from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the mobile food processing unit.

The free, public event is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA), Going Local North Dakota, the Council of State Employees and the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, as part of a nationwide celebration of farmers markets.

“National Farmers Market Week recognizes the growing importance and awareness of farmers markets across the nation,” Goehring said. “The U.S. now has more than 8,000 farmers markets offering farm-fresh and affordable products. North Dakota has about 50 farmers markets.”

Goehring said the increase in farmers markets is due in large part to NDDA's Going Local North Dakota initiative, funded through a USDA specialty crop grant program.