Homegrown gifts for Christmas

It’s estimated the average American will spend about $700 dollars this year on Christmas. Wouldn’t it be nice to know some of that money is going right back into your local or state economy?

That’s certainly a big selling point for buying “Pride of Dakota” products to put under your tree. But that’s not the biggest selling point. I’ll get to that in a minute.

The “Pride of Dakota” program was started in 1985 by the North Dakota agriculture department. Twenty businesses signed on to help market their North Dakota made products. Today, more than 475 companies, both large and small, are members of Pride of Dakota. They are food manufacturers, artists, publishers and more.

Nancy Frid and Deb Wallis know all about “Pride of Dakota.” Their store, Vintage Point in Fargo, was named “Pride of Dakota” retailer of the year for their efforts in promoting and selling home-grown fare.

The Great Indoors decided to visit with Deb and Nancy about “Pride of Dakota” products and of course try out a few of their most popular items. Tough job, I know. But I sampled the salsa, the salted nut rolls, and the chocolate. And naturally, that brings me to the biggest selling point of Pride of Dakota products. They’re just really yummy!

There are two upcoming chances to check out Pride of Dakota products.
Fargo Holiday Showcase
November 16-18
Fargo Civic Auditorium
Friday 4-9pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 11am-4pm

Bismarck Holiday Showcase
November 30 – December 2
Bismarck Civic Center Exhibition Hall
Friday 4-9pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 11am-4pm

Admission is $2.00 (save $1.00 by bringing your own bags)

Children 12 and under are free.