Meat and potatoes fare, with a good selection of game meats, and grains from the farms in the grasslands.
No exotic food in South Dakota. Clean air, clean water, clean towns, and and American meat and potatoes fare. Hunting is a popular sport here, so one can easily find elk, deer, quail, pheasant and other game meat on the dinner table. Since the card processing business started in the 80s, Sioux Fall social life increased very much and the city offers the widest variety of food.
The Missouri River divides the land in half. The west side of the river is hilly and includes the Black Hills and the Badlands. The east side is flat and covered with grassy plains, which are perfect for pheasant.
Droughts, grasshoppers and dust storms destroyed huge areas of farmland in South Dakota during the 1930s and many families had to move out.
Food processing is an important industry in South Dakota, but it goes after tourism.
The crime rate is low, so do not be surprises if, even in the cities, people leave their cars running while shopping for food and groceries during the cold months.
South Dakota foods
There is a distinctive cowboy heritage. People on the west side of the Missouri tend to be ranchers, while east side residents are more likely to live in a city or dedicated to farming. South Dakota is a major producer of beef cattle and hogs. Important crops include wheat, corn, soy beans, and sunflower seeds.
…and food events
Schmeckfest (German festival), Freeman, South Dakota, March or April