North Dakota residents and visitors will have several chances to shop for their favorite North Dakota products and stock up on local foods in the next week.
More than 50 North Dakota companies will fill the halls of the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 15, during the annual Pride of Dakota Day at the Capitol. Vendor booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capitol’s Memorial Hall, Legislative Hall and west end ground floor.
“This is a showcase for North Dakota businesses and the Pride of Dakota program, giving Capitol visitors and state employees an opportunity to see the range of products made right here in our state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “The owners and employees of these Pride of Dakota businesses will be selling, sampling and talking about their products.”
Goehring also encouraged Capitol visitors and employees to take in the farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the top of the Capitol loop on the south lawn.
“More than a dozen vendors will be selling fresh-picked North Dakota fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, meat and honey,” said Goehring. “The market is a great place to meet the growers and stock up on seasonal produce.”
Lunch will be available from Fireflour Pizza using local ingredients.
The shopping opportunities continue this weekend with nearly 70 companies at the eighth annual Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, in Dickinson at the West River Ice Center. Showcase hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday (Mountain Time). Admission is $2 per person with children under 12 free.
“Bring a donation of fresh produce or your own reusable cloth shopping bag to the Harvest Showcase and receive a dollar off admission,” said Goehring.
Produce donations are given to the Amen Food Pantry and Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center in Dickinson.
The West River Ice Center is located at 1865 Empire Road in Dickinson. Special thanks to the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau for sponsoring the event.
Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases are scheduled for Nov. 5-6, in Grand Forks; Nov. 12-13, in Minot; Nov. 18-20, in Fargo, and Dec. 2-4 in Bismarck.
The Pride of Dakota program, administered by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Marketing and Information Division, provides member companies with cooperative marketing and promotional events, such as in-store demonstrations, Pride of Dakota Day and the Harvest and Holiday Showcases. The program also provides educational opportunities and representation at regional, national and international marketing expositions. More than 500 North Dakota companies are Pride of Dakota members.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture supports farmers markets, food co-ops, community-supported agriculture (CSAs), community orchards, roadside stands and pick-your-own gardens in the state. Most of these are listed in the Local Foods Directory, published by NDDA and available by calling 328-2231 or (800) 242-7535, emailing email@example.com or online at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/files/resource/2016LFDirectoryComp.pdf.