Farmers market slated Aug. 7 at the State Capitol

BISMARCK – Melons, cucumbers, garlic, honey, tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, jams, jellies, baked goods and more will be on sale Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the eighth 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

More than 15 vendors from across the state will participate in the market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 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.
  • The 188th Army Band Jazz Combo will provide live music from noon to 1 p.m..
  • 2012 North Dakota Dairy Princess Marissa Leier 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 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 and Growers Week recognizes the growing importance and awareness of farmers markets across the nation,” Goehring said. “The U.S. now has more than 7,000 farmers markets offering farm-fresh and affordable products. North Dakota has 49 farmers markets, 18 percent of them new in just the past two years.”

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.

Goehring said more information on North Dakota farmers markets, including times and locations, can be found on the NDDA website at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/sites/default/files/legacy/resource/2012LocalFoodsDirectory.pdf.