Along with healthcare, education, manufacturing, retail, and government operations, agriculture is one of the region’s largest industries. And entrepreneurs such as the Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House, with its five-acre vineyard bordering the majestic ponderosa pines of the rugged Black Hills just outside Sturgis, are transforming the visitor experience.
The wine-loving Jackson family recognized the potential of rich Black Hills soil and brought their dreams of making locally grown and produced wine to fruition. Founded in Belle Fourche, today the enterprise stretches across the Northern Black Hills into Deadwood and Sturgis, where a new state-of-the-art facility produces award-winning sparkling wine that allows guests to drink in the beauty of the Black Hills.
BHSU – Farm to Fork
In Spearfish, Black Hills State University has forged partnerships with area retailers, restaurants, and local farmers to capitalize on growing “farm to fork” trends that favor local sourcing between food producers and consumers. By tapping into “grow local, eat local” inclinations, BHSU has connected producers with retailers and restaurants that wish to offer locally grown produce to health-conscious visitors and residents.
Wall Meat Processing is a locally owned and operated butcher shop in Rapid City and Wall South Dakota. Owners Janet Niehaus and Ken Charfauros began operating the plant in 2017. With several members of the Charfauros Family working the operation, they are committed to delivering the highest quality meat with the friendliest service to their customers.
In 2009, the first Dakota Butcher store was founded in Clark, SD. It was a family-owned business then and remains one today.
Dakota Butcher has grown to six locations; one in Clack, Madison, Pierre, and Rapid City with two locations in Watertown, SD. Their Watertown East location is home of the Dakota Butcher Steakhouse.