Custer Farmers’ Market has moved

The Custer Farmers’ Market has moved to Way Park at the corner of 4th and Mt. Rushmore Road. Way Park is a handy location right on Custer’s main street (Mt. Rushmore Road). So don’t panic if you wind up at 7th and Crook Streets on Saturday morning, just grab some coffee to wake up and head west down main street.


Custer Farmers’ Market 2011

Hello! Just wanted to let everyone know that the Custer Farmers’ Market is open for the 2011 season. Check it out every Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the corner of Crook and 7th Streets in Custer. They are great about posting signage no matter where you’re coming from. See you all there!

Farmers’ market finds

Fresh from the market

The Custer Farmers’ Market was jumping this morning; in fact, I was so anxious to get there that I forgot my camera. At least I took pictures when I got home. Tomatoes are just starting to make an appearance; several producers mentioned having a good crop, but that they’re just beginning to ripen. I scored a few ripe ones for fresh salsa, but serious salsa-making will have to wait a couple more weeks. I also bought a fresh cranberry-orange scone, but it didn’t last long enough for its close-up. It was delicious though.

Sturgis Farmers’ Market update

Both the calendar and the increasing number of motorcycles in the area reminds us that the Sturgis Rally is almost here. It should come as no surprise that the Sturgis Farmers’ Market has temporarily suspended operating until mid-August. Once the 70th annual rally has passed and the vendors have moved on, the market will start up again on Main Street next to Weimer’s Diner. And think of the produce that will be available by then; it’ll be worth the wait.

Locations for Pukwana tomatoes

The Happy Hydros tomatoes grown in Pukwana by the Scholl family are available in most Lynn’s Dakotamart stores. Remember, these locally grown tomatoes are pesticide free and vine-ripened, no gassing to keep them fresh and no long-distance hauling.

Lynn’s Dakotamart stores selling the tomatoes are located in Custer, Lead, Sturgis, Belle Fourche, and Pierre. The Hot Springs store is not selling them at this time; when I called to double-check, I was told that the only hydroponic tomatoes they have are all from Canada.  The Scholl family also plans to attend the Black Hills Farmers Market in Rapid City, so watch for them there as well. The farmers’ market opens at 9:00 a.m. at Founders’ Park on West Omaha.

Sturgis Farmers’ Market

Another new farmers’ market has sprung up in the Black Hills, offering folks more local food choices. Located right on Sturgis’s Main Street, next to Weimer’s Diner & Donuts, the market is open Fridays from noon until 7:00 p.m. Not surprisingly, the market will be closed during the Sturgis Rally. If you’re interested in becoming a vendor at the market, contact Michelle Grosek at the Sturgis Center for the Arts, 605-720-1557.

Shots of Custer Farmers’ Market

The Custer Farmers’ Market was off to a rolicking start this morning. Note to self: if you want scones, be there when it opens. Arriving shortly after 8:30 a.m., I watched the last scone walk away, sigh. However, I bought a package of crumpets; yes, think tea with the Queen. I have made them exactly once, though they were tasty, there were a lot of work. Lo and behold packages of crumpets were to be had. And I scored some fresh lettuce, too. Here are some photos from the grand opening.

Sarah Wilson with They Told Me Sew spins wool


R. Annie Jones offers a wide selection of natural herbal products


Herb and Peg Ryan with Real Simple Solutions explain crumpets to customers


Freshly picked lettuce and rhubarb from Gordon Cleveland


Robin Prior of Dakota Greens Greenhouse sits amidst blooming baskets

Quick update on Hill City

The Hill City Farmers Market hopes to have regular hours again this summer, but plans are still coming together. They will have a new location right on Main Street in front of the Farmer’s Daughter. There will be a vendor tomorrow, June 5 selling fresh produce from about 9:30 a.m. until noon, so if you’re Hill City, stop by!

See you Saturday!

Remember to head out to the Custer Farmers’ Market Grand Opening on Saturday, June 5 at the corner of Crook and Seventh Streets in Custer. This is kitty-corner, northwest of the Custer YMCA. The market will benefit the Custer Volunteer Fire Department, so not only will your purchases of local foods and crafts benefit local producers, but also the local fire department.

The fun gets started at 8:00 a.m., and it looks like a good selection of products will be available. Should be a fun time, hope to see you all there.

In case you’re further north, the Black Hills Farmers’ Market in Rapid City opens Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The market is located at Founders Park on West Omaha Street. The long wait is over, it’s time to hit the park and get personal with the folks that grow your food.

My apologies for the hiatus between posts; between the new puppy and impacted wisdom teeth, the last few weeks have been a blur. However, the puppy is now house-trained and crate-trained, and the wisdom teeth extracted, so I intend to regularly post again. Happy planting!

CNN video from Miami farmers’ market

Check out this video clip from a Miami farmers’ market!

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