Pride of Dakota holiday showcases announced

BISMARCK – Pride of Dakota holiday showcases begin next weekend in Grand Forks, with additional events planned in Minot, Fargo and Bismarck during the holiday season.

The Grand Forks event is set for Nov. 5-6 at the Alerus Center. More than 135 vendors – the most ever for the Grand Forks showcase – will be selling and sampling a wide variety of gifts, including foods and condiments, decorative items, books, jewelry and recordings,  Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a news release.

Holiday showcases are also scheduled for Nov. 12-13 in the State Fair Center, Minot; Nov. 18-20 in the Fargo Civic Auditorium, and Dec. 2-4 in the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibition Hall.

Showcase hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A reusable shopping bag is included with the $2 adult admission. Shoppers who bring their own reusable bag pay $1 admission. Parking is free.

More than 500 North Dakota companies are Pride of Dakota members.

Your Thanksgiving recipes, memories needed!

As the holidays approach, Forum Communications Co. needs your help to make them tastier than ever this year.

We’re working on a multimedia Thanksgiving cooking project and want to hear about your favorite recipes, traditions and memories. Here are the categories that we need your help in:

  • Secrets to making a great turkey.
  • Turkey recipes.
  • Thanksgiving meal horror stories (fires, raw turkey, pie fell on the floor, had to order pizza, etc.).
  • Turkey cooking questions: You ask, we’ll get you answers.
  • Cooking questions about any aspect of Thanksgiving: pies, sides, salads, etc.
  • Recipes for favorite Thanksgiving side dishes (stuffing, cultural favorites, salads, etc.).
  • What are some easy recipes to let kids help with the Thanksgiving feast?
  • Families that make Thanksgiving cooking a family affair, not just Mom in the kitchen.
  • Healthy Thanksgiving recipes, including recipes for diabetics, etc.
  • Thanksgiving dessert recipes.
  • Your advice on how to make it through a stressful cooking day.
  • Favorite Thanksgiving memories/traditions.
  • Leftovers: What are your recipes to get rid of the 10 tons of leftover turkey?
  • Thanksgiving for one (or two): What are some smaller, easier recipes to still make Thanksgiving feel like Thanksgiving but without the big production?
  • Sneak peak to Christmas. Share favorite holiday baking memories and recipes.

All responses can be sent to Teri Finneman at politics@wday.com or by writing to her at The Forum, State Capitol Press Room, Bismarck, ND 58505. Feel free to email photos of your fantastic dishes so we can see the finished product, photos of your family making them, etc. Be sure to include photo captions.

Teri will also select certain recipes to be featured in online cooking demonstrations, so be sure to let her know if you’d be willing to help her out with that.

All responses should include your name, city, state and a phone number to reach you to ask any additional questions. All responses are due by Oct. 15.

Seeking your cooking tips this Thanksgiving

As the holidays approach, Forum Communications needs your help to make them tastier than ever this year.

We’re working on a multimedia Thanksgiving cooking project and want to hear about your favorite recipes, traditions and memories. Here are the categories that we need your help in:

-Secrets to making a great turkey

-Turkey recipes

-Thanksgiving meal horror stories (fires, raw turkey, pie fell on the floor, had to order pizza etc.)

-Turkey cooking questions: You ask, we’ll get you answers

-Cooking questions about any aspect of Thanksgiving: pies, sides, salads, etc.

-Recipes for favorite Thanksgiving side dishes (stuffing, cultural favorites, salads, etc.)

-What are some easy recipes to let kids help with the Thanksgiving feast?

-Families that make Thanksgiving cooking a family affair, not just Mom in the kitchen.

-Healthy Thanksgiving recipes, including recipes for diabetics, etc.

-Thanksgiving dessert recipes

-Your advice on how to make it through a stressful cooking day

-Favorite Thanksgiving memories/traditions

-Leftovers: What are your recipes to get rid of the 10 tons of leftover turkey?

-Thanksgiving for one (or two): What are some smaller, easier recipes to still make Thanksgiving feel like Thanksgiving but without the big production?

-Sneak peak to Christmas. Share favorite holiday baking memories and recipes.

All responses can be sent to me at politics@wday.com or by writing to me at The Forum, State Capitol Press Room, Bismarck, ND 58505. Feel free to email photos of your fantastic dishes so we can see the finished product, photos of your family making them, etc. Be sure to include photo captions.

I will also select certain recipes to be featured in online cooking demonstrations, so be sure to let me know if you’d be willing to help me out with that.

All responses should include your name, city, state and a phone number to reach you to ask any additional questions. All responses are due by Oct. 15.

Today’s Ask Your Government

Dear Teri,

I have a question for your column: In visiting a local drugstore in Fargo recently, I saw signs saying they could not honor the sales price for milk posted in their corporation’s national ad because North Dakota does not allow milk to be sold below a certain price.

I have also noticed coupons for some dairy items cannot be redeemed in North Dakota. What is the rationale behind these restrictions and how did they come into place?

Thanks,

Heather Mitzel

Fargo

Thanks for writing! As far as milk not being sold below a certain price, here is some background on what North Dakota state law (4-18.1-07) says:

“The (North Dakota Milk Marketing) board shall establish for each marketing area the uniform minimum prices to be paid by processors to dairy farmers for raw milk …

“In establishing or changing minimum prices to be paid by processors to dairy farmers for raw milk in each marketing area, the board shall take into consideration the following factors applicable to such area: the available supply of raw milk, the adequacy of the reserve supply of raw milk available to processors, the balance between production and consumption, the cost of dairy feed, farm wage rates and such other factors as will effectuate the purposes and policies of this chapter.

“All such minimum prices must be those which will be beneficial to the public interest, protect the dairy farmers, and ensure an adequate supply of pure and wholesome milk to the inhabitants of the state.

“For each marketing area, the board shall establish minimum prices for each of the following classifications of sales:

a. Sales of milk products by processors or distributors to retailers. Such minimum price for each item is applicable regardless of the location at which the retailer accepts delivery.

b. Sales of milk products by any person to consumers.

“For any marketing area, the board may establish the minimum prices for each of the following classifications of sales:

a. Sales of milk products by processors to distributors.

b. Sales of frozen dairy products by a processor, distributor or retailer to any person.

c. Sales of milk products by a processor to another processor or by a distributor to another distributor.

d. Sales of milk products or frozen dairy products not otherwise provided for in subsections 2 and 3.

The state Ag Department referred me to John Weisgerber of the North Dakota Milk Marketing Board to further answer your question. Here’s what he said:

“The only coupons we’ve seen where there is some kind of a note on there (prohibiting use) are yogurt coupons.

“In the past, we heard that some of the yogurt companies will have North Dakota, Nevada and Louisiana (as states where coupons) are not accepted.

“Generally, those firms hire a law firm to research the different states.

“We’ve told them they (coupons) could be used. Somehow, when the message goes from the law firm that did the research to the company that’s printing the coupon, the information doesn’t get there right.”

“We’re working with those law firms that do the research to get the answer to the company or the marketing end of the company to get the correct information to them.”

In the meantime, Weisgerber said anyone with questions about dairy coupon use can call the North Dakota Milk Marketing Board at (701) 328-9588.

Do you have a question for a North Dakota state government official or agency? Send us your question, and we’ll do our best to find an answer.

E-mail politics@wday.com (Subject: Ask your government).

You may also write to Teri Finneman c/o Forum Communications, Press Room, State Capitol, Bismarck, ND 58505.

Please include your name, town and a phone number to reach you for verification.

Deck garden July update

BISMARCK–Well, the deck garden is still doing fairly well, but I could use some advice on peppers.

Despite looking very promising, the peppers are not growing, which is surprising since they have always been the easiest thing for me to grow.

And, while I haven’t killed off the watermelon plant, it also hasn’t changed in size for at least a month.

But…everything else is doing quite well.

How is your gardening going?

Local foods directory now available

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 Directory 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.

“More people want fresh, high quality, locally grown food products, and producers are responding by offering new and different products,,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a statement. 

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: ndda@nd.gov. Copies will also be available at libraries, local chambers of commerce and county extension offices.

Deck garden completed

BISMARCK–Just in time for my return to work tomorrow, my deck garden is finished.

Fingers crossed everything will turn out.

After reluctantly acknowledging that I still can’t get blueberries to work, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give watermelon another go. I bought a new pot and a baby watermelon plant. We’ll see how that shakes out.

I’ve also got dill, strawberries, tomatoes, two pots of corn, onions, celery, peppers and cucumbers going on out there.  So far, so good. We’ll see what I have to say about it a month from now.

Pride of Dakota Food and Wine Experience

The first Pride of Dakota Food and Wine Experience is set for 6 to 9 p.m. July 28 during the State Fair in Minot.

Fifteen Pride of Dakota wineries and food vendors will share their "fine, gourmet products” at Pioneer Village on the west side of the fairgrounds, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a statement.

“It should be a very pleasant evening, sampling wines and fine foods made in North Dakota,” he said.

The $5 admission fee includes a souvenir wineglass, five tickets for wine samples and a Pride of Dakota reusable bag. The drink tickets can be exchanged with wine vendors for one?ounce samples of wine.

Participants must be 21 or older.