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  • Farmer's market vendor workshop planned

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  • Kansas State University Research and Extension will host a southeast Kansas regional farmers market vendor workshop March 29 at the First Christian Church, Pittsburg. The workshop will be supported by county Farm Bureau associations of southeast Kansas and the Kansas Department of Agriculture. “Farmers markets draw consumers looking for locally grown foods,” said Gayle Price, family and consumer sciences specialist with K-State Research and Extension. “This trend continues to increase in popularity, attracting local growers who have expressed an interest in understanding current best practices in food safety and in identifying ways to market their products and provide consumers with nutritious and safe local foods.” The workshop will begin with registration at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30 a.m. Program topics and speakers will include the following: Kansas Food Safety Inspection Requirements, presented by a representative of the Kansas Department of Agriculture; Weights and Measurements Requirements, given by Maureen Henzler, KDA; Food Safety Best Practices for Vendors, by Londa Nwadike, K-State Research and Extension food safety specialist; The Business of Being a Farmers Market Vendor, by Annarose Hart, KDA; Introduction to Good Agricultural Practices for Fruit and Vegetable Growers, Cary Rivard, K-State Research and Extension horticulture specialist; Maximizing Your Sales at Farmers Markets, Tracey Graham, former coordinator of the Kansas Rural Center’s Farmers Market Project; and Food Safety for Value-Added Products, Fadi Aramouni, K-State Research and Extension food safety specialist. Price noted that the regulations to be covered apply to the entire state of Kansas, but the best practices apply to any state so the workshop will have relevance for vendors beyond Kansas. The early registration fee of $15 is due by March 21 and will include snacks, lunch and program materials. After that date and at the door the fee will be $20. A printable brochure and registration form is available at the K-State Research and Extension Southeast Area office web site at http://www.southeast.ksu.edu/. Anyone needing additional information may contact Anna Mae Brown at 620-724-8233.
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