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November 14, 2017 • Page 3 chemicals or hormones were added to give them that natuBy Lura Roti ral color," he explains. "When they were just picked the day SDSU Extension/iGrow before, or even that morning, you get a much more true, It's 8 a.m. Thursday morning and already the Bread and Circus kitchen is full of activity prepping for the day's lunch earthy flavor." Recognizing that many who dine at the locally-owned and supper crowds. Brazilian restaurant appreciate locally-sourced produce, Staff chop vegetables, fry salted almonds, breakdown Skajewski includes the name of farmers who raise the pork shoulders, roast beets and mix ingredients for the produce and the South Dakota town where it was grown restaurant's vege-burger. throughout the restaurant's diverse salad bar. Amidst preparations, Chef Jordan Taylor takes a few "As a local business, supporting local businesses is key moments to greet Lee Storo and inspect a delivery of local for us," Skajewski says. produce. The face of fresh "What do you think of these carrots," Storo asks, holding Like Taylor, as Skajewski slices into a mushroom, he up a bunch of robust carrots boasting heirloom shades of acknowledges its grower, Dan Rislov, owner of Dakota white, red, yellow and violet. Mushrooms and Microgreens from Sioux Falls. "It's nice Below the carrots, more crates are laden with swiss when you can build a relationship with the person growing chard, onions, butternut squash, potatoes and heirloom the ingredients. I asked Dan a while back if he would also tomatoes; all produce raised locally by members of the grow portabellas for me, and he did," says Skajewski. Dakota Fresh food hub. He plucks a few leaves of oregano and shares another Dakota Fresh food hub was organized two years ago to story. The Beresford herb producer, Tammy Andrews, unite South Dakota farmers, like Storo and his wife Mary, employs members from the high school FFA chapter to who operate Mary's Kitchen and Gardens on 10 acres of help harvest her herbs. "They get a kick out of seeing the farmland north of Beresford, and connect these small farmherbs they pick end up in one of our dishes that ends up on ers with wholesale consumers - food markets and restauFacebook." rants, like Bread and Circus. Getting to know the consumers of their produce is a bo"Buying from Dakota Fresh is smarter because I am supporting the local guy and more often than not, these smaller nus benefit to her gardening business, says Mary Storo. "We have been doing this long enough that we have gotten to farmers are doing things the right way," explains Taylor, see our customers' kids grow up," she says of the Farmers who has spent his entire career as a chef cooking with Market and CSA (community supported agriculture) side of fresh, local ingredients. her business. "Building relationships with customers is anOn any given day, 90 percent of the ingredients used other way this food hub is completely different from a truck in his lunch or dinner menu are locally sourced. As he that backs up to the door and food that is delivered by its discusses his menu, Taylor casually names the farmer who driver, not the farmer who grew it. It's important to us as an raised nearly every ingredient - mushrooms for the veggie organization that we continue to grow those relationships." burger were grown in Renner by Jerry Ward of Hackberry Hollow Farm; the beets and butternut squash used in the beet butternut squash salad are from Mary's Kitchen and Gardens; pork belly was purchased from Ashby Natural Pork in Adrian, Minnesota; the bread was baked by Dakota Earth in Alcester and the chicken, used in his Moroccan chicken salad, was raised by Free Happy Farm in Brookings. "Buying local is important to me because I don't want to feed people what I don't want to eat," Taylor says. Farm to table right here in South Dakota Initially aided by a two-year Local Foods Promotion Program Implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded to SDSU Extension in 2015, Dakota Fresh food hub is led by a board of directors made up of its farmer members. "This grant has allowed us to get the infrastructure in place to get this business model rolling," says Kari O'Neill, SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist who 301 E. 3rd Street, Yankton, SD helped administer the grant. "Watching individuals make a 665-3588 profit as small farmers is really inspiring." Prior to the food hub, many of Dakota Fresh's 17 Miller High Life members marketed their & Light own produce and made their 30pks own deliveries. $ 99 "It can be complicated 605-665-7865 for us to get our products 109 W. 3rd St. in Downtown Yankton into the hands of multiple customers on our own. I did sell to some Sioux Falls customers previously, but today my sales have increased substantially because the food hub streamlined our marketing allowing us to focus more on production," explains Kristianna Gehant Siddens, an Astoria farmer FEBRUARY 25, 2018: who raises culinary and seed garlic as well as grassfed lamb. The system she referSioux City, Iowa. Includes bus, dinner and show. $125 ences allows her to bring her garlic to a local aggregation APRIL 7 14, 2018: point - saving her precious time to focus on the Only $2,500 Includes air from Sioux Falls, hotels and sight-seeing demands of her farm. It also created one point of contact AUGUST 6 - 17 2018 , for farmers and those wanting local produce, increasing efficiencies for farmers as $3,795 • Departs from Sioux Falls well as those buying wholeMeet Daniel O’Donnell in person after his show in Killarney. sale produce. WWII veterans get $1,000 discount when accompanied by "It really makes things easier," says Rachel Saum, another traveler. Visit Paris before spending three nights on Produce Manager at Co-op the Beaches, then fly to Ireland for one week. Natural Foods, an organic, natural and whole foods groSEPTEMBER 10 - 16, 2018 cery store that serves about 2,000 customers each week. Saum explains that the $979 • Includes airfare from Sioux Falls to Cincinnati, food hub sends her an e-mail each week listing what proluxury motorcoach, hotels and all sight-seeing. duce is available locally from 17 farmers. "I send an e-mail OCTOBER 6, 2018 back and get one delivery. It makes for a more efficient system - it's really worked Price depends on the cabin you choose, with or without balcony well for us." Prior to Dakota Fresh, NOVEMBER 7 - 11, 2018: Saum would need to contact 12 to 15 individual growers $895 • Always a sell out. Sign up today! to access the produce she can now access through one July 2019: Iceland, Finland, Lapland and Nor way e-mail. Visit Iceland, Finland, Lapland and Norway. See herds of reindeer, the very northCarnaval Brazilian Grill's ern tip of Norway where it borders Russia, cruise along the western coast of Norway Chef, Nicholas Skajewski, to the Lofoten Islands, then bus down to Bergen and fly home for Oslo. A great trip echoes Saum's comments. to visit ancestral villages. Brochures will be available in the new year. If you are re"I was sourcing local before motely interested, please let me know. the food hub, but it wasn't easy. I would have to drive 2020: Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany to the Farmers Market downAttend the performance on Sept. 13, 2020. You will also visit Switzerland, beautiful town and hope I got there Lake Como, Monaco, the French Riviera and Italian Riviera and more. Brochures before everyone else or buy ready in the new year. from the Natural Foods CoReservations or questions call Tour Designer op," says Skajewski, listing freshness as a large factor Vi Ranney (Yankton) at 605-665-3596 for buying locally grown or e-mail: viranney@vyn.midco.net produce. for brochures and reservation forms. "There is such a differThese reasonable priced tours are sponsored by the Southeast South ence. 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