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Electronic Purchases and SNAP

“SNAP” stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a federal program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) in collaboration with state agencies of Social Services or Children and Family Services.

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Farmers Market

Farmers markets can help strengthen a community by stimulating the local economy and creating local entrepreneurial opportunities.

Baskets of fresh vegetables at a farmers market

Registration Now Open for 2021 South Dakota Local Foods Conference

October 13, 2021

A three-day, virtual event celebrating local food production and use in South Dakota, SDLFC invites all supporters of local food to attend and discuss presentations on specialty crop production, industry challenges, new technologies and opportunities.

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South Dakota Joins 2021 Mountain Plains Crunch Off

September 08, 2021

South Dakota State University Extension and the South Dakota Department of Education’s Division of Child and Adult Nutrition Services are partnering to bring this event to the state Oct. 4-8.

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Farmers Markets and COVID-19

Farmers markets are a very important sector in South Dakota. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a great deal of concern on trying to keep these markets open, while providing a safe environment for consumers to shop. This article is a guide to help farmers markets set up their operation in a manner that will best protect consumers and allow for continuation of operations.

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Five Steps for Founding a New Farmers Market

This information was developed to provide a resource of options for new or developing markets as they begin organizing their farmers market.

Two female vendors serving a young girl and boy at a vendor stall at a farmers market.

Decisions for Farmers Market Setup and Operation

Farmers markets are unique because they represent multiple, individual vendors under a single name, location and organizational identity. Before the first selling day, a farmers market will need to do many of the things that each vendor does for their farm. For example, selecting a name and creating a logo for the market.

Hands wearing plastic gloves cutting watermelon samples on a white cutting board.

Guidelines for Serving Samples at the Farmers Market

One way to increase sales at the farmers market is to offer samples. Vendors need to plan ahead to make sure they are in compliance with sampling regulations.

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Direct Marketing Alternatives for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Direct marketing is beneficial to both growers and consumers. Growers increase their profits because they capture the retail price that consumers pay other markets.

A medium-sized cooler trailer with "Pack N Cool" lettering on the side

Mobile Walk-in Cooler for Growers

Growers in South Dakota who are looking for an inexpensive way to cool their produce may want to consider a technology adapted by North Carolina State University (NCSU) Researchers.