South Dakota Local Foods Co-op Coming to the Black Hills
The South Dakota Local Foods Co-op will be a new online connection for area residents to access and order local foods and artisan products from across the Black Hills. Community informational meetings are being held in Rapid City and Spearfish on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 for prospective members and producers to learn more about this year-round online farmers market opportunity.
The SD Local Foods Co-op currently serves the Brookings and Sioux Falls areas and is ramping up for their launch in the Black Hills. Local producers will list available products on the website (www.sdlocalfoodcoop.org) with descriptions, availability, and pricing. Consumers browse the website at their convenience, place an order and pay online. Then, during the third full week of the month, the products will be collected at the designated drop sites (in Rapid City and Spearfish) and sorted to fill the orders for members to pick up between 1:00 and 4:00pm on Saturday.
A project of Dakota Rural Action, the SD Local Foods Co-op is currently recruiting both consumer and producer members with a goal to support local producers, and promote a healthy and sustainable community by connecting more people with food from our Black Hills region, year round. Membership is only a one-time payment of $53, and if you are no longer able to use your membership, the co-op will buy it back.
Community informational meetings are being held in:
- Rapid City on Wednesday, May 29 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the City School Administration Building Community Room at 300 6th Street
- Spearfish on Thursday, May 30 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library at 625 N. Fifth Street.
Bring a friend and your questions to one of the two presentation on this local opportunity to purchase or sell locally grown, farm fresh, healthy food conveniently online with the SD Local Foods Co-op.