S.D. Farmers Markets Invited to Network

Online ordering launched at the Black Hills Farmers Market in 2020. Photo provided by BH Farmers Market.

South Dakota farmers market managers, board members and vendors are invited to a virtual meeting on Mon., Dec. 14, at 11 A.M MST/12 P.M. CST hosted by SDSU Extension and the S.D. Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA). 

The past year has brought many changes for S.D. Farmers Markets. The meeting will look back at 2020 to discuss successes as well as identify areas for improvement.

Barb Cromwell is a member of the SDSPA Board and has been manager at the Black Hills Farmers Market for three years. She helped bring the Black Hill Farmers Market online last summer, and describes 2020 as “a year of rolling with the punches.” 

“Our Farmers Market is so much about relationships between the producers and the customers,” Cromwell said in a discussion panel at the 2020 South Dakota Local Foods Conference. “We had to figure out how we were going to support that during the pandemic.”  

Medicine Root Farmers Market at Oyate Teca Project (Young People’s Project) on display during the 2019 SDSPA Tour Series.

Long standing markets, new markets, and future markets are all invited to participate in this group. Markets are invited to share their needs and priorities for 2021 in regard to education, marketing or initiatives they are seeking. 

Local support, as well as National Farmers Market Coalition resources will be shared. The S.D. Specialty Producers Association will share information on the resources available through SDSPA. 

To participate contact SDSPAinfo@gmail.com for the meeting link. These monthly gatherings will continue through the 2021 winter season to help support markets for the upcoming season and plan for the future. Future meeting dates will be set at the Dec. 14 event. 

Join us for this opportunity to share your successes and voice your needs as you move forward planning to make 2021 a success!