If you or someone you know sells food locally in North Dakota, please send them our way! Vision West ND is working on creating a “Local Food Finder”. In essence, this is an interactive database where consumers can look to see where they can buy local products. Producers, restaurants, and grocery stores will be listed on this resource free of charge to them! So, if you know anyone who would be interested in this unique opportunity or want more information give them our contact info please and thank you! Email email@example.com or call our office at 701-483-2801. We look forward from hearing from you!
This GoLocal ND graphic is plumb full of words that describe our local commodities in North Dakota, and this is a graphic that can easily be added to if we come up with more! If you have a word you would like to put into the graphic, let us know!
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What do you think is going to be under the tree, just for you? Maybe a beautiful hand-crafted wallet bought from a local shop with your taste in mind, or maybe it’s something that was cheaply made in another country that will last about four hours. We aren’t biased or anything, just wondering. Either way, it’s the thought that counts, and we wish you the merriest of Christmas’s! This wraps up our 12 week discussion of localism, if anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact us!
Christmastime is almost here! This is the final week to find those heartfelt gifts for your loved ones. We hope you have attended some of those art and craft shows we have been raving about, but if you haven’t, your local businesses would love to see you!
Why aren’t we buying local? There are so many benefits to buying local, and yet we source our products from all over the world. I suppose it is easy enough to see why we buy some products from elsewhere: we can’t make them or grow them here. However, what about the things we can produce right here in North Dakota? A main reason for not buying locally is that it is cheaper to have it shipped to us, especially for big companies that are very popular in western North Dakota. Buying local is also not practical for us right here, right now. Our winters are harsh, and we can’t grow fresh produce during those several months. Hence, we ship things, and once you have a route somewhere, it is just as easy to send it year-round.
If you don’t feel like making baked goods for your family and friends that you will be seeing this holiday season, the Frosty Frolic Art and Craft Show in Bowman is a great alternative. Plus, while you are there checking out the delicious baked goods, there’s a chance you will find the perfect gift for that persnickety friend of yours! December 8, 2018. 10 AM-3 PM @ Bowman (305 1st St. SW)
Located in Stanley, North Dakota, Foxden Farms is a small scale poultry, pork, and homemade soap farm. This would be a great place to look for that holiday entree! They started with a few laying hens, and have gradually added on to become what they are today. They have a very active Facebook page, and would be more than happy to have extra customers this holiday season!
We were going to wish you a Happy Turkey Day, but we didn’t want to use fowl language.
Speaking of turkey day, did you know there wasn’t even turkey at the first thanksgiving? There weren’t even forks! Having a fork to eat your fowl is something you can add to your list of things to be thankful for this year!
On an unrelated note, we know local turkey producers and meat shops would certainly be thankful for more business. Do with that information what you will.
There are few things more beautiful than a community coming together to put on a parade of lights. Few things prettier except for the end result of the hard work and many hours of stringing nights. Can you just see the soft glow of the many colors glistening off the ice on the ground? Beautiful. If you would like to be a part of this awesome night, be in Watford City on November 23rd at 6:30 pm!
For our older readers, this week we are highlighting a find winery based out of Dickinson North Dakota. Not only do they have wines, but they also have food. It is also kid friendly!
This event is going on 47 years and is sponsored by the Bowman County 4-H, so we really can’t think of a better way to support your local community! There will be crafts of all sorts that can’t be bought anywhere else, and the 4-H group will be providing lunch. We sure wish we could go!