YANKTON, S.D. — The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association has coordinated seven upcoming tours featuring specialty crops, meats and value-added products. The next tour and program is scheduled for Aug. 10 featuring meat goat production and marketing in the Custer region.
Local producers, chefs, consumers and organizations involved in local or specialty foods are encouraged to attend the free tours.
Participants should gather at the Custer County Library, 447 Crook St # 4, Custer, SD 57730, at 10:45 a.m. MT. Participants and organizers will walk to lunch at Black Hills Burger and Bun Co.
Only those wanting to eat lunch need to register. Payment for lunch will be made to Black Hills Burger & Bun Co. the day of the event. The cost is approximately $12-$15, depending on the meal you choose. Goat burgers will be available. Lunch will be limited to 30 people, but the tour is open to all. Please contact Cory T. (email@example.com) no later than August 8th to register for lunch.
At 12:30 p.m. MT, participants will tour Pleasant Valley Farm (11778 Pleasant Valley Road, Custer, SD). Be cautious of GPS directions. When traveling on Highway 16 from Custer, SD towards Newcastle, WY, turn south onto Pleasant Valley Road, go 3 ¾ miles turn west (right) into farm.
At 1:30 p.m., owner, Tom Barnes will present his story, The Market for Meat Goats.
The event is sponsored by South Dakota Specialty Producers Association in partnership with the American Culinary Federation- Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs, SDSU Extension, South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society and USDA.
Please note that chefs can receive 2.00 CEH’s for participating in the tour. Master Gardeners can receive Continuing Education credits for participating in tours and volunteer hours for helping with tours. Contact Cory T. (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to participate.
Six additional tours are scheduled in August and September across the state: August 17th– Vineyard & SDSU Campus Gardens (Volga/Brookings, SD), August 27th– Gardens & Greenhouses & Chef Tour (Rapid City), and September 9th– Milling Organic Grains & SDSU Experimental Station (Alcester/Beresford, SD).
— South Dakota Specialty Producers Association
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