Going by the amount of people crowding into the garage area where plants and flowers were being sold at the BLT Day and Ranch Market on the campus of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch on Saturday morning, it seemed that they were anxious for the gardening season by the way they were carrying out planted products. Volunteers helped people select plants or flowers and carried their goods to their cars, with jokes and smiles all the while.
The BLT Day and Ranch Market, in its eighth year, took place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A whole myriad of flowers, vegetable plants, herbs, ornamental grasses, hanging baskets, potted plants and sprinkling can planters were all for sale at the event with proceeds benefiting the Verendrye Electric Greenhouse Technology program. A lunch consisting of burgers and bratwursts was available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $5 per person or $12 for families of three or more. Vintage automobiles from the Dakota Cruisers were also on display during the event.
Carla Trittin-Isom, public relations and marketing director for the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, said people showed up to the BLT Day before the 9 a.m. start time. She credited Barb Clementich with the buildings and grounds crew for making the ranch market work so well, along with volunteer staff and some community members.
The name of the event, BLT Day, came about when Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch president Gene Kaseman wanted the staff to think of a catchy name for the fundraiser, Trittin-Isom explained. "We used to