How inflation is impacting groceries and local businesses

With inflation, it can be difficult to find cheaper groceries from bigger corporations or smaller local businesses

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Finding cheaper groceries with inflation might be a little difficult with it affecting places from multi-national corporations to local businesses.

Black Hills Farmers MarketIn some cases, those larger stores might have cheaper groceries which could make it tough for people to shop somewhere like the Black Hills Farmer’s Market.

A vendor says that it takes more money to run a small local business than larger corporation. This raised their prices with the rise of things like gas and flour.

“Even with grocery stores maybe being cheaper, those prices are going up. So, it’s starting to kind of even out. So the more you buy local, the cheaper we can be cause we’re just making up for the inflation and the price increases and all of that,” Rayne Morrow, owner and pastry chef of Rayney Day Patisserie, said. “So when you buy local, the cheaper we can make it and that’s what we want.”

While the number of venues and shoppers may be low on Wednesday’s, there are usually rows of tents to buy from on Saturdays.

The groceries you can get at the Black Hills Farmer’s Market includes:

  • Fresh produce – sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, peaches, etc.
  • Canned goods like jams, jellies, pickles, and salsas
  • There is also coffees and teas at some vendors
  • Animal products – chicken, pork, beef, lamb, etc.
  • Some sell products like wool and spices
  • Baked goods and ready to eat – scones, croissants, tarts, bread, popcorn, and tacos
  • Arts, personal care items, and flowers – books, lotions, lip balm and soaps

There is a number of items that you can buy at the farmer’s market that you might need, like for dinner or a snack.

The Farmer’s Market is currently open 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday. November will change the hours to 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, until April.

You can find more information like the vendor’s list on the Black Hills Farmer’s Market website.

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