Farm to Feast: 100 years of Farm Fresh Food


The Falls Park Farmers Market celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.

An anniversary celebration was held August 7 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Falls Park Farmers Market Open-air Pavilion.

Food samplings from over 20 local chefs and food artists featured local farm fresh produce and meats.  Beal Distributing supplied a selection of Copra wines.

Andrew Trevors and the local group Trefoil, musicians with the South Dakota Symphony, filled the air with music.


English toffee
Amanda Kdal, Mia’s Homemade Candies

Sweet Corn Soup w/ Pickled Vegetables & Procsiutto Crisp
Beau Vondra, Nick Helneman, and Farzad Farrokhl, Look’s Market

Unbelievable Bacon Broccoli Salad
Ben and Patty from the Ben & Patty Show, Results Radio

Fresh Market Inspirations
Chef Stacy, Carter Wyland, Icon

Chips and Salsa
Dale and Rena Hebda, Hebde Family Produce

Dark Chocolate Pasta with Raspberry Balsamic & Ricotta Cream
Dan and Elizabeth Avery, Artisan Italian

Featuring Lamb with a Seasonal Twist and Fresh Market Produce
Chef Drew Laberis, Sanford Health & Chef Kristen Laberis, Heart Hospital

Featuring Farm Fresh Melons and Hot Peppers
Chef Faren Earring, Curb Side Diamond

Apple Kuchen
Horst Jahn, Railhaus Bakery

Fresh Peach Pie
Jerry Ward, Hackberry Hollow

Lamb with Mint
Executive Chef John Gilbertson, Sanford Health

Summer Soup
Chef Jonathan Ricks, Sodexo

Wood Fired Pizza
Kyle and Nickey Vander Werff, Skipping Stone Pizza

Mafalda Bites with Fresh Tomato Basil Marinara
Louann Schmidt, Plum’s Cooking

Eggplant Roulade
Marla Niechwiadowicz, Youth Chef and Joe Niechwaldowicz, Gloria Del Lutheran Church

New Zealand Spinach Pie and Mother’s Fennel Tart
Chef Mary Loebach, Original Pancake House

Molly’s Famous Golden Glazed Beets
Molly Langley, Co-op Natural Foods

Cuban Pork Sandwiches and Zucchini Relish
Chef Nancy Gellerman, Sage Grill

Something Sweet
Pat Jensen, Pink Lady Bakery

Coffeebean Ice Cream
     Cherrybean Coffee and Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge

Lamb Sausage and Onion Chili Marmalade
Chef Ryan Tracy, Bros Brasserie Americano


Sioux Falls Parks & Rec for building a beautiful open air structure. Having a permanent roof rather than a multitude of tents has improved Falls Park Farmers Market beyond measure. Electricity and running water makes operating our stalls much easier. And the addition of restroom facilities and a playground is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Kelly Newman for folding and mailing letters, making phone calls, putting our event on community calendars, for doing a thousand things that we farmers never would have had time to do.
  • Georgia Totten for writing press releases and brainstorming with us.
  • Brett & Carmen Smith for recruiting and organizing our team of volunteers.
  • Kari Elrod for her talent as a graphic design artist and her patience with us as we worked through designing loyalty punch cards, tickets, souvenir booklets, etc.
  • All our volunteers for helping us coordinate our 100th birthday party. Most of you are loyal Farmers Market customers. We appreciate you each and every market day and we appreciate your efforts tonight. We hope you had time to party, too!
  • Kolbe Dakota Collection. Without the original photos dated July 13, 1912, we never would have known how old we were! We certainly feel fresh and young.
  • Alissa’s Flowers for growing, cutting and providing flowers for tonight’s celebration and every week at Falls Park Farmers Market; Sunnyside Gardens for beautifying our party with flowering plants. Food nourishes our bodies; flowers soothe our souls.
  • Bruce Loebach for recording this wonderful group of chefs in one photo and for capturing the many special moments and memories. Maybe one of Bruce’s photos will start a celebration in the next 100 years.
  • A special thank you to Tom Burrish for coordinating local musicians for this special event and many market days. With talented musicians filling the air with joyful sounds, our farmers market feels as upscale and big-city as Pike’s Market in Seattle.
  • To the many musicians who share their talent each market day.
  • Arlys and Carla at Results Radio for your expertise, fine-tuned ear, and all the giggles while recording our advertisement.
  • Dennis Aanenson for displaying his 1934 pick-up trucks and Rick Kattenberg for driving his 1960 Oldsmobile to Farm to Feast. Oldies but goodies!
  • Farm Credit Services and Liberty National Bank for supplying cups and napkins.
  • Beal Distributing for donating the Copra wine.

A Very Special Thank You to these Friends of the Market for your financial support:

  • Kameron & Nancy Carlson
  • Mary Luce
  • Mike & Sue Neiers
  • Robert & Lori Karsten
  • The Insurance Connection
  • Look’s Market
  • First Bank & Trust
  • Sioux Falls AARP Chapter 242 and Sioux Falls Area Retired Teachers Association
  • Jim & Ron’s Towing Service
  • Liberty National Bank
  • A & B Business, Inc.
  • All our local farming friends for growing and supplying the most wonderful food to nourish Sioux Falls each and every week, 26 weeks for 100 years. We are truly blessed.