Specialty Producers Featured at S.D. State Fair’s Value Added Ag Day

During the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, SD, specialty producers were promoted at the Value Added Agriculture Center Day event on Sept. 2, 2021

State fair attendees were able to visit over a dozen booths to learn about unique agriculture entrepreneurship and organizations in the state.  Presentations were also put on with topics including Agritourism, food preservation safety, and selling at Farmers Markets. 

South Dakota Specialty Producers were represented with an Association booth and by members Heidi Heikes, of Heikes Family Farm in Vermillion, SD, and by Kelly Knipsel of Dakota Carding & Wool in Groton, SD.  

Heikes Family Farm gave out samples of their cherry tomatoes, and Heikes taught attendees about their CSA during her presentation titled Connecting to Local Food through CSA

Dakota Carding & Wool had a variety of their wool products available for attendees to view and feel, and Knipsel informed attendees about an upcoming wool spinning class that she is hosting at her farm. 

At the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association booth, visitors could learn about the specialty crop and local food industry, learn more about our organization, sign up for our newsletter and get website information, or grab a temporary tattoo to show their love for Farmers Markets.  

The S.D. Agritourism Working Group also provided a booth and information with representatives Jacey Jessop of the S.D. Department of Tourism and Peggy Schlechter of SDSU Extension. In addition, other agricultural industry and government organizations provided booths at the event.

Despite the rain, there was a consistent stream of visitors stopping in to visit with, and learn from, the producers and organizers set up in the tent.  Concluding Value Added Agriculture Center Day, ice cream was served to all visitors. 

This event is hosted by the S.D. Value Added Ag. Center in Pierre, S.D. SDSPA always looks forward to this annual event to showcase local vendors and their products. We encourage all our members to participate in events such as this, which provide opportunities to network, showcase your products, and learn new marketing strategies. If any members wish to attend in 2022, let us know. We look forward to hearing from you!