Farmers market slated Aug. 7 at the State Capitol

BISMARCK – Fresh produce, including tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, onions and much more, will be on sale Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the ninth annual North Dakota Farmers Market Day at the Capitol.

“A record number of vendors will be on hand,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “You can buy fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, meet the growers and get recipes and tips on buying produce.”

More than 20 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.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Capitol Cafe will be grilling hamburgers and Cloverdale hot dogs and brats, and Fireflour Pizza will be selling pizza. Members of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra will perform during lunch.

The 2013 North Dakota Dairy Princess, Susan Hintz, will be serving free ice cream from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The market is free and open to the public.

Goehring said the event, supported by North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Going Local North Dakota, the Council of State Employees, Fruit & Veggies More Matters, the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, and Healthy North Dakota, is part of a nationwide celebration of farmers markets.

“Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed Aug. 4-10, as North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Week,” he said. “It recognizes the growing importance and awareness of farmers markets across the nation. The U.S. now has more than 3,800 farmers markets offering farm-fresh, healthy and affordable products.”

Goehring said more information on North Dakota farmers markets, including times and locations, can be found on the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association website at http://www.ndfarmersmarkets.com/.