Specialty Crops Featured at Ag Day
Children and adults attending Ag Day at the Washington Pavilion were encouraged to play with food while visiting the South Dakota Specialty Producers booth. This free event, held June 5, 2021 in Sioux Falls, featured agricultural clubs and organizations across the state, each teaching the visitors about a different topic in agriculture.
South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) was an event sponsor, and had a booth with a farmers market theme.
Visitors were able to use foods that could be found at a South Dakota farmers market to design a plant with fully edible parts. For instance, the stem of the plant could be constructed with either asparagus, celery, or rhubarb. Attached to the stem, leaf options were spinach, cabbage, or romaine lettuce.
Through this activity, participants were asked to select from edible roots, stems, leaves, fruits, seeds and flowers that we can typically eat. Each participant developed a unique looking plant, while thinking about the botanical function of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and seeds that we can enjoy shopping for at the farmers market.
Additionally, SDSPA was able to promote the specialty production industry and variety of products found across our state. Visitors were encouraged to find local farmers markets and local producers in their communities.