NEW NORTH DAKOTA FARMERS MARKET GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
BISMARCK – There is something new in the 2009 edition of “Grown in North Dakota,” the state’s guide to farmers markets and producers, now available from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
“The new directory includes a Harvest Calendar to help farmers market customers determine the best times of the growing season to buy locally-grown vegetables, fruits, bedding plants and more,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “We have more than 50 different products from apples to zucchini listed in the calendar, together with their optimal purchase dates.”
Goehring said the calendar was prepared with information from Ron Smith, North Dakota State University Extension horticulturalist.
“Grown in North Dakota” lists 157 farmers markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own gardens and home delivery produce operations. In addition to produce, many vendors offer flowers, baked goods, crafts and other items.
Each listing includes the name of the operation, address, phone number, description of products offered, time of operation and contact persons. There is also a state map, showing the location of all listings.
“More and more consumers are demanding fresh, high quality, food products, and producers are responding to this demand by diversifying their operations and offering new and different products,” Goehring said. “You are buying the very best for your family when you buy fruits and vegetables from North Dakota farmers markets, and you’re helping local growers, as well.”
Free copies of “Grown in North Dakota” can be obtained by contacting the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 602, Bismarck, ND 58505-0020; phone: (800) 242-7535; fax: (701) 328-4567; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies will also be available at libraries, local chambers of commerce and county extension offices.
Copies of the Harvest Calendar are also available separately.
A full-color photo of the cover of “Grown in North Dakota,” in JPEG format is available by calling Ted Quanrud at (701) 328-2233.