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Fresh Produce Stimulates Economy With Labor Day Closure

By Fresh Produce

SIOUX FALLS, SD–Aug 29, 2014–Representatives at Fresh Produce have announced that the office will be closed on Monday, September 1, in recognition of the Labor Day holiday. The announcement comes despite the fact that Mondays are traditionally a part of the standard workweek.

“This is just another way we’re giving back to the community,” said Fresh Produce co-owner Ted Heeren of the surprise closure. “It’s a boost to our team’s morale, and—more importantly—it’s a boost to the local economy. Because our people are going to be out there in the stores on Monday, and they’re going to be spending.”

Media buyer Katrina Lehr-McKinney will be supporting tourism as well as the state’s economy by attending the South Dakota State Fair in her hometown of Huron, South Dakota.


Fresh Produce writer Kyle Jameson will be attending a wedding in Isbell, South Dakota. Presumably, he will also be purchasing a nice gift for the couple.

“Our people are going to be out there in the stores on Monday, and they’re going to be spending.”

But not all Fresh Produce employees are so excited to be parting with their hard-earned cash.


Fresh Produce designer John Boylan has mixed feelings about attending the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, Minnesota.

“It’s actually a little steep,” said Boylan of the event’s entrance fee. “After taking my twenty dollars at the gate, I sure hope they don’t expect me to spend an arm and a leg on mead or whatever.”

Project coordinator Hannah Kuelbs expressed a similarly tight-fisted sentiment, stating she hopes to spend “zero dollars” while relaxing at the lake and enjoying time with her family over the long weekend.

“A lot of people think that holidays aren’t about money,” said writer Brian Bieber of Kuelbs’ thriftiness. “And that’s fine in theory. But at the end of the day, the wheels of our economy are greased by dollars and cents, not laughter and familial bonding.”

Bieber plans to pick up a few things at Target.