Spearfish Local is a Black Hills State University initiative that brings together local producers, distributors, purchasers, and consumers of local food and other locally-sourced products. The goal of Spearfish Local is to grow support of the local economy and to work together to achieve greater things than we could as separate organizations.
If you are associated with a business that produces or uses local products, please fill out the Spearfish Local Business Application Form to apply for the free Spearfish Local badge.
Benefits of the Spearfish Local badge include:
- Window decals and stickers to show that your business supports local producers and the Spearfish economy - these decals also inform consumers about where to find locally grown food
- Spearfish Local will include your business's name in print and online advertisements and materials
- Businesses who have received the Spearfish Local badge will also be listed on this website and interactive map
Spearfish Local's goals are to:
- Support the Black Hills economy by assisting businesses in the promotion of their local products and keeping local dollars in the Spearfish area
- Help consumers more easily identify local products
- Promote healthy eating choices with fresh, local produce
- Reduce food transportation costs and greenhouse gas emissions
- Build community resilience
- Connect BHSU students with community members working on local food issues
- Provide real world work experience for BHSU students
Contact: Petrika Peters
Spearfish Local Businesses
The following establishments have submitted an application to Spearfish Local showing that they produce or use local foods as part of their business. You can also use the interactive map in the sidebar to view more information.
- Barbacoa's Burritos - Alaskan salmon (from local fisherman) and Crow Peak beer.
- Beck's Nursery - vegetable seedlings and a variety of produce in the spring and summer
- Black Hills State University and A'viands - grows food at the campus garden for use in the campus dining hall
- Booth Society, Inc. - honey, jams, jerky
Carol's Homemade Goodness - jam made from locally grown raspberries, rhubarb, and more sold at the Spearfish Farmer's Market
- Crow Peak Egg Arts -chicken, duck and blown/craft eggs
- Cycle Farm - a variety of produce sold through Community Supported Agriculture and Farmer's Markets
- Dough Trader - local produce pizza toppings Jun-Oct., locally made beer and stickers year-round
- Jennings Angus Beef - locally raised beef
- Gage's Gardens - chemical free and non-GMO produce for sale all summer
- Good Earth Natural Foods - produce in the summer, packaged items like honey year-round
- The Iron Place - several varieties of sprouts and homemade bread sold in Lueders, The Red Barn Farmer's Market, and Common Grounds Restaurant. Available in Rapid City at Wild Strawberry Market
- Killian's Tavern - local produce and eggs utilized in meals when available
- Leones' Creamery - local ingredients are often utilized in their ice cream, made in-house
- Lookout Gardens - chemical free and non-GMO produce for sale May- October
- Lueders Food Centers - a variety of produce from local farmers, especially during the summer months
- Moonrise Mountain Enterprises - supplying restaurants and markets with fresh, organic produce sold at area Farmer's Markets and Bee's Knees market
- Picklebilly Farm - summer vegetables sold at the Spearfish Farmer's Market
- Bee's Knees Market - local food retailer
- Spearfish Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch - pumpkins, gourds, corn, popcorn harvested in early fall
- Spearfish Valley Produce - a variety of produce grown on 60 acres
- Sunrise Hives - raw honey
New applications are arriving, so check back here for frequent updates. If you own a business that sells or prepares at least one local food item, submit an application form to apply for the free Spearfish Local badge. Participation in this program is completely free, thanks to our grantors and sponsors listed below.
- 2014 Healthy Communities Small Grant fromThe Wellmark Foundation. The Wellmark Foundation is an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross®, Blue Shield®, and the Cross® and Shield® symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an Association of Independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.
- 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. This project is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant 12-25-B-1487. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA
- 2015 USDA Local Food Promotion Program
Black Hills Food Hub
The work of Spearfish Local led to the creation of the Black Hills Food Hub (BHFH) in the fall of 2015. Like Spearfish Local, the BHFH is a division of the BHSU Facilities Services and Sustainability Department. By delivering food directly from producers to area cafeterias, restaurants, service providers, and specialty stores, the food hub's mission is to aid in regional initiatives that broaden the availability of local foods to people of all demographics.
The BHFH at BHSU has created the opportunity for Black Hills residents and visitors to enjoy fresh local foods. BHSU provides internships for students to participate in the local food efforts working on campus and with agricultural partners.
The food hub is currently in a three-year incubation period at BHSU, with plans to become fully sustainable by 2020. As of January 2018, the food hub regularly coordinates local food deliveries from approximately two dozen producers and five cafeterias/restaurants.
For more information, or to become a BHFH buyer or producer, contact Jessica Stori, BHFH Coordinator.
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