These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In South Dakota For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of South Dakota offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in South Dakota? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best South Dakota farmers markets:

  1. Black Hills Farmers Market Inc., Rapid City, SD
  2. Capital City Farmers Market, Pierre, SD
  3. Main Street Square Farmers’ Market, Rapid City, SD
  4. Spearfish Saturday Market In The Park, Spearfish, SD
  5. Vermillion Area Farmers Market Summer Saturday Markets, Vermillion, SD
  6. Falls Park Farmers Market , Sioux Falls, SD
  7. The Prairie Farmers’ Market, Sioux Falls, SD
  8. Vermillion Area Farmers Market Winter Markets, Vermillion, SD
  9. Country Farmers Market , Pierre, SD
  10. Huron Area Farmers Market, Huron, SD

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in South Dakota or the cheapest place to live in South Dakota.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in South Dakota?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in South Dakota, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Mount Rushmore State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of South Dakota, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Black Hills Farmers Market Inc.

Black Hills Farmers Market Inc. -- Rapid City, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Rapid City, SD
Address: 1520 West Omaha Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Times: Tue: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Thu: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Capital City Farmers Market

Capital City Farmers Market -- Pierre, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Pierre, SD
Address: Sioux Avenue / Coteau Street, Pierre, SD 57501
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Main Street Square Farmers’ Market

Main Street Square Farmers' Market -- Rapid City, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Rapid City, SD
Address: 512 Main Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Times: Sat:9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

4. Spearfish Saturday Market In The Park

Spearfish Saturday Market In The Park -- Spearfish, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Spearfish, SD
Address: 115 S. Canyon St., Spearfish, SD 57783
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Vermillion Area Farmers Market Summer Saturday Markets

Vermillion Area Farmers Market Summer Saturday Markets -- Vermillion, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Vermillion, SD
Address: Main and Market Streets, Vermillion, SD 57069
Times: Sun: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

6. Falls Park Farmers Market

Falls Park Farmers Market  -- Sioux Falls, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: Sioux Falls, SD
Address: E Falls Park Drive and N 2nd Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. The Prairie Farmers’ Market

The Prairie Farmers' Market -- Sioux Falls, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: Sioux Falls, SD
Address: 300 N. Cherapa Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Times: Tue: 3:00 PM-7:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Vermillion Area Farmers Market Winter Markets

Vermillion Area Farmers Market Winter Markets -- Vermillion, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 48.6
City: Vermillion, SD
Address: 515 High Street, Vermillion, SD 57069
Times: Sun: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: N

9. Country Farmers Market

Country Farmers Market  -- Pierre, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 45.7
City: Pierre, SD
Address: None, Pierre, SD 57501
Times: Sat: 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

10. Huron Area Farmers Market

Huron Area Farmers Market -- Huron, SD

Source: Public Domain

Score: 37.1
City: Huron, SD
Address: 3rd. Street and Lincoln Ave, Huron, SD 57350
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: N
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In South Dakota

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Mount Rushmore State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more South Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In South Dakota

Name City Rank Score
Black Hills Farmers Market Inc. Rapid City 1 68.6
Capital City Farmers Market Pierre 2 60.0
Main Street Square Farmers’ Market Rapid City 3 57.1
Spearfish Saturday Market In The Park Spearfish 4 57.1
Vermillion Area Farmers Market Summer Saturday Markets Vermillion 5 57.1
Falls Park Farmers Market Sioux Falls 6 51.4
The Prairie Farmers’ Market Sioux Falls 7 51.4
Vermillion Area Farmers Market Winter Markets Vermillion 8 48.6
Country Farmers Market Pierre 9 45.7
Huron Area Farmers Market Huron 10 37.1
Maga Farmers Market Sisseton 11 37.1
Burke Area Farmers Market Burke 12 37.1
Brookings Farmers Market Brookings 13 34.3
Hartford Farmers Market Hartford 14 31.4
Eastbank Saturday Market Sioux Falls 15 28.6
Greater Britton Country Market Britton 16 28.6
Medicine Root/oyate Teca Farmers Market Kyle 17 28.6
Jpg Tri State Farmers Market Belle Fourche 18 25.7
Chamberlain Farmers Market Chamberlain 19 25.7
Hills Horizon Market In The Park Spearfish 20 22.9
Sturgis Farmer’s Market Sturgis 21 22.9
Hyde County Farmers Market Highmore 22 22.9
Mellette County White River 23 20.0
Grandma’s Farm & Zoo Hot Springs 24 17.1
West Mall Open Air Market Sioux Falls 25 0.0
Bruner’s Gardens Farmers Market Ii Rapid City 26 0.0
Aberdeen Farmers Market Aberdeen 27 0.0
Uptown Farmers Market Watertown 28 0.0
Watertown Farmers Market Watertown 29 0.0
Downtown Yankton Summer Market Yankton 30 0.0
Riling Produce Farmers Market Pierre 31 0.0
Farmers Market Spearfish 32 0.0
Gages Gardens & Greenhouse Farmers Market Spearfish 33 0.0
Tumaâ??s Farmers Market Hot Springs 34 0.0
Platte Colony Farmers Market Platte 35 0.0
Hill City Farmers Market Hill City 36 0.0
Wessington Springs Area Farmers Market Wessington Springs 37 0.0
Glacial Till Farm Lake Norden 38 0.0

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