Black Hills Farmer's Market 30th season sprouts with rainfall

RAPID CITY S.D. (KEVN) - Even on a rainy day, the Black Hills Farmers Market was sprouting up its 30th Season.

"We had a great crowd this morning. People are out, the vendors are happy despite the weather, it brought out the best people," said Shelia Coad, owner of Shelia's Joyful Garden.

Having more than 50 vendors in the peak of its season, the market gives the community a chance to pick up everything from jam and jelly, to meats and baked goods.

"It's amazing how much we have you know for being, you know most of us haven't even planted our gardens and we have tomatoes and cucumbers and microgreens and asparagus and rhubarb and a long list already," said Barbara Cromwell, market manager.

Most of what you see is healthy locally grown food choices you cannot get just anywhere.

"The produce that's available here, most of it is picked that morning. You know anything from the grocery store, that wouldn't be possible," Cromwell continued.

For the vendors who depend on precipitation for their crops to grow, they say the rain does not hurt them at all.

"We're all excited to get out and enjoy spring even on these rainy days, we're going to be here, we're going to be here all summer," Coad said.

"'People are glad that we're back in season. We have a lot of people that have been missing us all winter. I'm here to make mothers happy for tomorrow and brought lots of planters and some microgreens which are new for me," said Dale Casteel, owner of DC Gardens

The Black Hills Farmer's Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of October. Beginning July 11th, it will be open on Wednesdays as well.