Small businesses are an integral part of the American economy—and North Dakota entrepreneurs are certainly doing their part. Last weekend, nearly 300 vendors (including Bison Booties!) set up shop at the Bismarck Civic Center for the largest-ever Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase.
The ND Department of Agriculture oversees the Pride of Dakota organization, a state brand designed to identify North Dakota-original products and help their creators market their work. In its 30-year history, the the organization has become incredibly diverse; you'll find food, clothing, artwork, jewelry, service providers, and everything in between at a Pride of Dakota show.
Here's a look at a few of our must-haves from the event in Bismarck, ND, Dec 4-6, 2015.
Sonja's Old-Fashioned Delicacies | Mohall, ND
A commercial kitchen in small-town Mohall? You bet! Sonja’s specializes in cookies, candies and desserts made-from-scratch with real butter, fresh eggs, and North Dakota flour. Favorite treats like fresh caramels and pistachio berry biscotti provide a sweet taste of North Dakota pride that will definitely get your mouth watering.
Brenarsky's | Dickinson, ND
Two friends who loved mixing drinks—but not the multiple steps required—put their heads together and created their own delicious Bloody Mary and Caesar Seasoning mixes. Not only does it make a perfectly-mixed drink, Brenarsky's is great on steaks, chili, burgers, chicken, eggs—the possibilities are endless (and delicious).
Prairie Road Organic Seed | Fullerton, ND
Convinced you don't have a green thumb? Inferior seeds might be to blame—and Prairie Road Organic Seed is ready to help you get that garden thriving. Prairie Road wholesales and retails certified organic vegetable seeds that are bred, selected and adapted to perform well under North Dakota growing conditions. Their philosophy? Good seeds equal good plants.
Dot's Pretzels | Velva, ND
Once you start snacking on Dot's Pretzels, you might find it hard to stop. These gourmet seasoned pretzels that are now sold in over 500 retail outlets throughout North Dakota, and are most definitely addictive.
Feral Farm | Rolette, ND
Homegrown and handmade describe the earthy products made by Feral Farm. Natural soaps are made using goats milk from animals raised on the rural farm and scented using essential oils. Loofahs are grown in a greenhouse on the property. The products are simple but elegant, sustainably focused, and completely handmade.
Bison Compost, LLP | Leeds, ND
Bison Compost aids both commercial growers and hobby gardeners alike in cultivating a high-quality crop. All natural with no added chemicals or artificial ingredients, the compost is enhances natural soil with the help of one of North Dakota's trademark creatures. Bison Compost works closely with North Dakota State University's Agriculture Extension service in Carrington to engineer a sustainable, highly effective fertilizer that's all-natural and incredibly versatile.
Prairie Fairy Designs | Dunseith, ND
Prairie Fairy Designs creator Jennie Olwage infuses her handcrafted jewelry with touches of her world travels. She learned silver smithing, fiber design, and macrame in South Africa, sold beaded jewelry in Scotland, and today, lives at the International Peace Garden where she creates her pieces. Her natural jewelry specializes in sterling silver, bullet casing pendants and crystals, and is both unique and beautiful.
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This post is sponsored by a grant from North Dakota Tourism. All opinions are my own.