Celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2022

Medicine Root Farmers Market at Oyate Teca Project (Young People’s Project) in Kyle, SD at a SDSPA Tour Aug. 17, 2019.

What comes to mind when you think of ‘farmers markets?’ Ripe seasonal produce, colorful flowers, freshly baked bread, and music? While local farmers markets can have a direct positive impact on your weekend morning, they also make a huge impact on our broader community and local food system.

Farmers markets’ role in building healthy communities and prosperity for farmers and small businesses has made the USDA proclaim the first full week of August, National Farmers Market Week. The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) joins farmers markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 7-13, 2022.

Read South Dakota’s official proclamation from the Governor to name the week of August 7th as ‘Farmers Market Week’ in in our state!

Farmers markets are sprinkled across South Dakota with over 40 markets spanning the state. To find a farmers market near you, visit the SDSPA Farmers Market website.

The Black Hills Farmers Market offers fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs, baked goods, canned goods, bee products, pantry items, personal care products, herbs and spices, plants, and artisan goods during both summer & winter markets.

National Farmers Market Week is an annual celebration of farmers markets coordinated by the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a membership-based nonprofit organization that supports farmers markets nationwide through training, technical assistance, and network-building. Markets across South Dakota will also incorporate special events during the week. Some of the local events include:

  • Aug. 11th, 5:30-7 p.m. Central, Burke Area Farmers Market will host local City Council members, County Commission members, and Legislators. The market will have a photo booth contest, free popsicles, and giveaways.

  • Aug. 12, 4-6:30 p.m. Mountain, Hot Springs Farmers Market will feature Melvin LeRoy as part of their Market Music Series & kid zone activities will highlight ‘fiber fun creations’ sponsored by Fall River Fibers.

  • Aug. 13th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Central, Market at the Meridian in Yankton, SD will host a Kidpreneur Day. Young entrepreneurs 17 and younger can offer their homegrown and homemade items for sale.

  • Aug. 13th, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mountain, Black Hills Farmers Market in Rapid City, SD will host market sponsor, Black Hills Energy, with their electric Mustang Mach-E and mascot Louie the Lightning Bug. The market will honor longtime market vendors with engraved stones, read the Mayor’s Proclamation at 10 a.m., and host their 4th annual Great Zucchini Race. At 9:30, Master Gardeners will have kits available for children to create vegetable race cars. Races at 10:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

SDSPA offers a state farmers market chapter membership, known as the S.D. Farmers Market Coalition, for $40. Membership provides full access to FMC resources, an outlet for sharing needs and networking within our state, and access to special programs. The Coalition meets regularly to provide input on needs and initiatives, and to gain information on educational topics. Markets are welcome to join the next virtual meeting, scheduled for Aug. 11, 2022, 12 noon Central.

In 2021 SDSPA coordinated a S.D. Farmers Markets signage reimbursement program with the help from the S.D. Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Eight farmers markets in the state installed new signage! Check out the Webster Area Farmers Market’s beautiful sign promoting veggies!

Farmers markets are abundant sources of food, connection, and resilience in our South Dakota communities. Support local farmers and small businesses by attending a market near you during National Farmers Market Week 2022!

For additional SDSPA and local foods focused information and events, visit http://sdspecialtyproducers.org or https://www.facebook.com/sdspa/. Contact SDSPA at 605-681-6793 or SDSPAmarketing@gmail.com with questions.