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UTTC Winter Market

Winter Market Logo
 
Winter Market Logo
United Tribes Winder Market Logo
The Winter Market sells a variety of local produce, canned foods, baked goods, jewelry, clothing, artwork, pottery, hula-hoops, dog treats, plants, soaps, natural products, and more!

Winter Market at United Tribes Technical College

The long, cold winter months in North Dakota leave many anxious for spring; especially those who love to grow and eat local food. However, purchasing and eating local food doesn’t have to be exclusive to summer and fall in North Dakota!

The folks at United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck just completed the second season of the Winter Market, a unique market that is dedicated to selling locally grown foods and craft items once a month throughout the winter (November through April).  The Winter Market sells a variety of local produce, canned foods, baked goods, jewelry, clothing, artwork, pottery, hula-hoops, dog treats, plants, soaps, natural products, and more! They also strive to provide family-friendly activities to make the market not only a shopping experience, but a fun, engaging event for the entire family.

The market utilized funding from ND SARE Leadership for Local Foods Program for advertising, logo development, and market signage. They hired a graphic designer to create the Winter Market logo, with the goal of incorporating three aspects into the logo: shopping locally, food, and a tribal quality (as UTTC is the community event host).

The market had a fairly consistent flow of customers throughout the season, with a core group of regular market attendees, as well as new shoppers each month who were interested in checking out the community event.

The second season of the Winter Market was a great success and enjoyed by the Bismarck-Mandan community and beyond. Through event surveys, attendees indicated that they really appreciated the opportunity to attend a local goods market throughout the winter, and also the variety of products and activities available.  They look forward to their third season, offering the Bismarck-Mandan community an opportunity to shop for and eat local food all year long!

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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