YANKTON, S.D. — The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association has coordinated their final two tours of the summer featuring specialty crops and value-added products. The tours and programs are scheduled for Sept. 9 featuring milled organic grains, a bakery, cover crops, and fruit production in high tunnels in the Alcester and Beresford region.
Local producers, chefs, consumers and organizations involved in local or specialty foods are encouraged to attend the free tours.
The first tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. CT at Dakota Earth Bakery at 114 East 2nd Street in Alcester, SD with a presentation by owner, Dan Avery.
Following the presentation, participants will have lunch at the bakery. Only those who want to eat lunch need to register. The cost is $10-$12, depending on the meal you choose. Payment will be collected the day of the event. Please contact Cory T. (email@example.com) no later than Sept. 7 to register for lunch.
Participants will travel to the SDSU Southeast Research Farm at 29974 University Road, Beresford, SD for the second tour starting at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Peter Sexton will present on “Cover Crops” at 2:00 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. Brad Rops will present “Growing Fruit in High Tunnels.”
Due to road construction on University Road use alternate routes to reach the farm. From the east take I-29 Beresford exit 2.5 miles west on Highway 46; turn south (left) on Greenfield Road and go three miles south, turn west (right) go three miles on 300th and turn north (right) on University Road 0.25 mile. From the west, from corner of Highway 46 and 19, turn south and go three miles to 300th Street; turn east (left) and go three miles; turn north (left) on University Road 0.25 mile.
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 the 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.
— South Dakota Specialty Producers Association
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