Farmers market slated Aug. 9 at the State Capitol

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BISMARCK – Melons, pickles, honey, veggies, sweet corn, beef, pork, jams, jellies, baked goods, soap, irises and more will be on sale Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the 13th annual North Dakota Farmers Market Day at the Capitol.

“There’s no better way to celebrate National Farmers Market Week than to buy North Dakota grown or raised products directly from the farmer or rancher,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It’s a great time to discover what’s in season in North Dakota, and support our farmers and ranchers.”

Nearly 20 vendors from across the state will participate in the market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near the steps on the south side of the state Capitol building.

Morning Joy Farm & Kitchen and Fireflour Pizza will sell lunches featuring locally-produced foods.

Free ice cream will be served from 12:30 p.m. until gone.

The free, public event is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA), the Council of State Employees and the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, as part of a nationwide weeklong 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 8,600 farmers markets offering farm-fresh and affordable products. North Dakota has about 50 farmers markets.”

Goehring said the NDDA supports farmers markets, food co-ops, community-supported agriculture (CSAs), community orchards, roadside stands and pick-your-own gardens in the state. Most of these are listed in the Local Foods Directory, published by NDDA and available by calling 328-2231 or (800) 242-7535, emailing ndda@nd.gov or online at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/sites/default/files/legacy/resource/2016LFDirect....