Gov. Daugaard declares Aug. 7-16 Farmers Market Week in SD

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PIERRE, S.D. – To celebrate the increasing number of local food producers in the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared Aug. 7-13, 2016, Farmers Market Week in South Dakota.

South Dakota has dozens of farmers markets and much of the fresh produce is at its peak for the season right now. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages citizens to shop their local farmers market as a way to meet the people growing their food and build relationships between producers and consumers. Farmers markets also grow local farms by marketing directly to the customer. This puts more of every dollar spent on food into the producer’s pocket. It also creates an avenue for new and small operations to grow.

As consumers’ interest in where their food comes from is growing, so are farmers markets. New markets start each year across the state. To find a farmers market near you, visit the USDA Farmers Market Directory at usdalocalfooddirectories.com/listings.html.