Black Hills Farmers Market celebrates over three fruitful decades of service
RAPID CITY, S.D. – In recognition of National Farmers Market Week, the Black Hills Farmers Market has released a full day’s worth of events for Saturday, August 13 to celebrate.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, kits will be available for children to participate in the Great Zucchini Race. Materials for building and decorating the vehicle will be included in the kit, with families required to bring a zucchini or vegetable of their choice. Two races will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., with winners receiving a ribbon.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender will also be at the Farmers Market to make an official mayoral proclamation to formally recognize National Farmers Market Week in Rapid City at 10:00 a.m.
A donation drive is also planned throughout the day to help keep the market open and running.
The Black Hills Farmers Market first opened in 1989. Over 40 vendors currently sell goods such as fresh produce, baked goods, jellies, salsas, art, plants and more. Since its inception, many vendors have continued to sell their goods at the market over the years and will be formally recognized with engraved stones to commemorate their involvement. Officials will also recognize the many second-generation members that continue the tradition of selling their goods.
National Farmers Market Week is organized annually by the Farmers Market Coalition, which supports markets nationwide with services such as training and network building. The main focus of this year is the role of market operators and their importance in food systems and bringing communities together.
Gov. Kristi Noem released an official proclamation recognizing National Farmers Market Week statewide.