Local Foods: Whole Fresh Fruit Back »

Strawberries for sale at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmer’s Market held in the East parking lot of USDA's Whitten Building in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 2006. USDA photo by Ken Hammond.

This article was written collaboratively by Rhoda Burrows, Chris Zdorovtsov (former SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist), and Lindsey Kennedy.

Fresh, whole raw fruits and vegetables grown in South Dakota can currently be sold without a food service license from the South Dakota Department of Health. However, once a raw fruit or vegetable has been processed (cut, cooked, canned, etc.) South Dakota law requires that certain regulations must be followed. The regulations that must be followed are based on the venue the food processor desires to market their product. If fresh cut fruits and vegetables are to be sold at the farmers market, they must be prepared in a kitchen licensed and inspected by the SD Department of Health. If providing samples of fresh fruits and vegetables, a licensed kitchen is not required. However safe food handling practices must be followed.


Grading, Certification and Verification

Food Safety


  • Pricing Yourself Out of the Market?
    Consider these Average Retail Fruit Costs from the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. They estimated average prices for 153 commonly consumed fresh and processed fruits and vegetables.

Processed Fruit


  • South Dakota Specialty Producers Association
    The organization represents non-commodity products including fruits and vegetables, specialty meats, wine, organic flax, and honey.
  • Midwest Aronia Association
    The MAA works to investigate, improve, and promote all aspects of aronia growing.
  • United Fresh Produce Association
    The United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and the International Fresh-Cut Produce Association merged in 2006 to form the "United Fresh Produce Association," an international organization that looks out for growers, their markets and interests.


  • South Dakota Farmer’s Market LISTSERV
  • South Dakota Grape Growers LISTSERV

To join the listserv, contact Rhoda Burrows.

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