BISMARCK–A guidebook for finding fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, jams and meats is now available from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
The 2011 edition of the North Dakota Local Foods DirectoryÂ lists more than 160 local food providers, including farmers markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own gardens and home delivery produce operations, a news release from the Ag Department said.
Each listing includes the name of the operation, address, phone number, description of products offered, times of operation and contact persons.
â€œMore people want fresh, high quality, locally grown food products, and producers are responding by offering new and different products,,â€ Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a statement.Â
The directory also contains a harvest calendar to help consumers determine the best times of the growing season to buy locally-grown vegetables, fruits and bedding plants. Ron Smith, North Dakota State University Extension horticulturalist, developed the information for the calendar.
Free copies of the 2011 Local Food Directory 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.