North Dakota Local Foods

Guide to North Dakota Local Foods

Find great local food in North Dakota with this seasonality guide and farmers market guide.

  • 01 of 06

    North Dakota Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

    Mustard Greens. Photo © Molly Watson

    North Dakota's growing season is short but sweet. 

  • 02 of 06

    North Dakota Farmers Markets

    Sweet 100s Tomatoes. Photo © Molly Watson

    Farmers markets tend to have short seasons in North Dakota – June through September is common, but some markets are only open in July and August. 

  • 03 of 06

    North Dakota Specialties: Bison

    American Bison
    American Bison. Photo © Paul E Tessier, used with permission from Getty Images

    Bison once again roam some of the plains in North Dakota. The North American Bison Association is a great place to learn more about bison, and order some up, if you're so inclined.

  • 04 of 06

    North Dakota Favorites: Chokecherries

    Chokecherries. Photo © Molly Watson

    Chokecherries are small almost black berries that grow on bushes. While they grow over much of North America, their astringent flavor as a fruit has kept them from being widely cultivated. They are a useful fruit from the prairie, however, and were traditionally dried or made into fruit leathers. Syrup and jelly made from chokecherries is rich and delicious, and chokecherry wine is a distinctive, drinkable treat. Try chokecherry products from Maple River Winery and see.

    Note that the leaves and seeds of chokecherries can be poisonous when eaten in large quantities.

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  • 05 of 06

    North Dakota Favorites: Ground Cherries

    Ground Cherries. Photo © Molly Watson

    They look like small yellow tomatillos and have the sweet tartness of the sweetest tomato you've ever tasted. Look for ground cherries at farmers markets.

  • 06 of 06

    North Dakota Products: Flax

    Flax Seeds and Oil
    Flax Seeds and Oil. Photo @ Elena Elisseeva, used with permission from Getty Images

    Along with wheat and sugar beets and some corn and sunflowers, North Dakota grows a lot of flax. high in omega-3s, fiber, and protein, flax seed has become an increasingly popular cooking ingredient. Flax USA, started in 2001 by John and Stephanie Stober, fifth-generation flax farmers, in Goodrich, North Dakota to market local North Dakota flax seed.