Fresh local foods & locally-fermented beverages were available for sample at the Local Foods Fair in Sioux Falls on July 31.
Centered around the historic Stockyards Ag Experience Barn in Falls Park, the 2nd Annual Local Foods Fair event showcased locally-grown foods through cooking demonstrations, vendor booths, kids activities, and a food truck.
Consumers had the opportunity to learn about local foods and where to get them. Guests enjoyed complimentary tours of the Stockyards Ag Experience Barn and enjoyed music provided by Humbletown.
“We know that consumers have lots of choices when it comes to their food. The Local Foods Fair is a chance for consumers to meet some of their local producers face-to-face and learn about their operations,” said Abby Bischoff, Executive Director, Stockyards Ag Experience.
A farmers market event featured product vendors including Sweetgrass Soapery, Little Shire Farm, Heart of the City Bakery, Leffler Gardens, Alexandria Locker SD, Dakota Fresh Food Hub, The Co-op Natural Foods, and Pomegranate Market, along with resource providers including Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS), Prairie Sky, Live Well Sioux Falls/Sioux Falls Food Council, Southeast Tech, Minnehaha Master Gardeners, and the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA).
Miner Brewing Co. and Prairie Berry Winery Taproom and Fernson Brewing Company shared stories about their products and provided beverage samples upstairs in the barn. Their products contain South Dakota grown fruits and local hops.
Chef Nicholas Skajewski, Avera Executive Chef, provided a cooking demonstration on ‘Confit Local Bruschetta’ for the attendees. Chef Ellen Doerr, Chef Ellen Catering, served up ‘Chard-Basil Pesto & Sausage Stuffed Patty Pan Squash.’ Recipes are available on the SDSPA website. Ingredients were sourced from Dakota Fresh Food Hub producers including Tillford Rye Farm, Tschetter Colony, Brule Creek Farm, Hanisch Farms, and Prairie Coteau Farms.
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.
The Local Foods Fair was sponsored by Midco, Pomegranate Market and The Natural Foods Coop. The event was organized by the Stockyards Ag Experience, Dakota Fresh Food Hub, SDSPA, and NPSAS.