Farmers markets are targets for USDA, but not Rapid City

Published: Sep. 24, 2016 at 6:14 PM CDT
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Last week, a man from Gillette was issued a citation for selling processed food at a farmers market without the proper certification in Wyoming.

Today, we stopped by the Rapid City farmers market to check on the regulations.

Jessica Stori, market manager, says that the state of South Dakota has regulations that are even stricter than the city.

"The state has different specifications depending on what type of food you are selling. There is also a state of South Dakota farmers market manual. Those are even stricter in most cases, so we adhere to those," said Stori

To become a vendor in Rapid City there are many steps you have to take. There are different classifications of vendors depending on how long you would like a booth, and what types of food you are selling. If you are planning on selling meat, you have even more paper work to do.

Ryan Purdie of Dakota Fine Foods says that there are rules, regulations and health code laws from state inspectors as well as the rules of the farmers market.

"We got USDA inspected through Sturgis meat for the beef and buffalo. The rest of it all goes through Sioux Falls through the inspection, and we get by them inspected twice a year," says Purdie

The farmers market in Rapid City has had to ask vendors to leave in the past, but Stori says they have no problem filling the space with vendors who want to follow the rules.

You can visit the high quality vendors at the Rapid City farmers market on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at Founders Park as well as Wednesday evenings at the Central States Fairgrounds.