Agritourism, pumpkins, bees and herbs featured at Ag Day 2020

Ag Day at the Pavillion 2020

Prairie Moon Herbs and Mazing Acres Pumpkin Patch showcased their businesses during the 17th Annual Ag Day at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls on Oct. 10, 2020.

The purpose of this free event is to communicate the importance of agriculture in all of our lives and to learn how food, fiber and fuels we use are produced.

Ag Day gives children and families a wonderful opportunity to learn about agriculture’s significance in South Dakota and beyond. The exhibits are interactive and educational, making a great time for families that attend. The S.D. Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) booth offered a mint transplanting activity, beekeeping gear and pumpkins, and a chance to win free tickets to the pumpkin patch.

Grace Freeman, Prairie Moon Herbs, and Meghan Anderson, Mazing Acres Pumpkin Patch, represented South Dakota specialty agriculture and agritourism at Ag Day at the Pavilion.

SDSPA seeks to participate in events such as these to help promote our local food and specialty producers in the state. We were one of this year’s event sponsors and picked up the cost of the vendor booth, providing the opportunity for two of our members to promote the industry and their businesses.

Grace Freeman of Prairie Moon Herbs is grower, herbalist, beekeeper and long-time member of SDSPA. Prairie Moon Herbs opened in 1997 and offers herbs, tea blends, herbal products, classes and more. Products are available through Freeman’s online store, at the Vermillion Farmers Market and through the Dakota Fresh Food Hub.

Participants transplanted mint from Prairie Moon Herbs into their own pot to take home at the SDSPA booth.

Scott and Molly Nedved established Mazing Acres in 2020 to provide a place where guests can come to celebrate fall and create lasting memories, all while connecting to South Dakota agriculture. Their farm offers pumpkin and gourd picking, a 5-acre corn maze, hayrides and wholesome entertainment for all ages. The Nedved’s are new SDSPA members!

SDSPA sponsors several opportunities, such as this, during the year for members to participate in. If interested in a future event, contact Chris.