Black Hills Farmers Market Vision Fund plans
RAPID CITY, S.D. — For 2021, requests for the Rapid City Vision Fund total to more than $62 million. However, the estimated revenue available for the project over the next 3-year period is around $26 million. This year, 28 programs and organizations have applied for funding.
The Black Hills Farmers Market is one of the 28 organizations that applied for funding through the project. For over 30 years, the market has highlighted local produce and vendors, allowing them a place to showcase their products.
They are requesting just over $1.2 million in funding for new facilities to help make the farmers market more available and accessible.
“What we’re hoping to do is build a market pavilion,” manager Barbara Cromwell explained. “It’ll be half open-air market, more like a park shelter, and then the other half would give us some indoor space for an indoor market during the winter months”
With this pavilion, more opportunities are available for Cromwell and the Farmers Market.
“It will allow us a better facility for hosting events and educational opportunities,” she added. “And it will allow us to adjust to different weather conditions better.”
All projects that have applied for Vision Fund resources are currently under review by a citizen’s committee. Recommendations for funds will be presented to officials in December.
City Council will make their final decisions early 2022.