Fresh local foods & locally-fermented beverages were sampled by over 500 participants while bluegrass music from the Hard Travelin’ band and delicious aromas wafted through the Local Foods Fair recently in Sioux Falls.
Centered around the historic Stockyards Ag Experience Barn in Falls Park, the July 25th event showcased locally-grown foods through food demonstrations, vendor booths, kids activities, and Breaking Burrito & Phan Foods food trucks serving dishes using local products. Consumers had the opportunity to learn about local foods and where to get them through educational talks and interactive demonstrations. Guests enjoyed complimentary tours of the Stockyards Ag Experience Barn.
“We were thrilled at the opportunity to impact hundreds of community members with the first local foods fair. Connecting farming and food is at the core mission for all of our event partners. We are already looking forward to next time,” said Jennifer Hoesing, Stockyards Ag Experience Executive Director.
A farmers market event featured product vendors including Bijou Hills Grassfed Meat, LLC; Heart of the City Bakery; Hyatt Family Farm; Leffler Gardens & Mama Mia Kids; Little Shire Farm; Nature’s Best, LLC; Prairie Moon Herbs; Prairie Sky Pastured Poultry; Stensland Family Farms; & Sweetgrass Soaps .
Two local wineries and two local breweries shared stories about their products and provided beverage samples upstairs in the barn. Wines from Tucker’s Walk Farm Winery & Vineyard and Humble Hill Winery contained South Dakota grown fruits and the beers from A Homestead Brew & Fernson Brewing Co. contained local hops.
“It was interesting to see these modern local fruit & hops-based beverages showcased amongst the displays of old days at the Stockyards,” said Kim Brannen, SD Specialty Producers Association representative. “It’s great to see agriculture grow and evolve back to our locally-grown roots.”
Chef Nicholas Skajewski, Avera Executive Chef, provided a cooking demonstration of‘Garlic, Herb, and Brianna Braised Chicken Wing with Turnip Puree’ for the attendees. Chef Josh Kranz, Mitchell Tech Culinary Academy, served up ‘Cauliflower Croquet with Baby Choi & Pickled Radish.’ See the recipes provided below.
The Brianna wine was provided from Humble Hill Wineryand ingredients were sourced from Dakota Fresh Food Hub and the Natural Foods Co-op. Information provided at the Fair informed consumers that these fresh local foods and value-added products are available in many ways in Siouxland—through direct farm sales, food hubs, online marketing, Community Supported Ag (CSAs) sales, local retailers that support local foods and the producers, and local chefs who buy and prepare fresh locally-sourced foods.
Event partners included Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society, SD Specialty Producers Association, Southeast Tech – Horticulture Department, Stockyards Ag Experience, Mitchell Tech – Culinary Academy, Dakota Fresh Food Hub, SD Department of Tourism and Dakota Rural Action-Homegrown Sioux Empire.
Event sponsors included Nature’s Best, LLC; Coop Natural Foods and Avera.
For more information about upcoming events, tours and trainings related to South Dakota grown foods contact the SD Specialty Producers Association at 605-681-6793 or SDSPAinfo@gmail.com or visit us online or on Facebook.