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Farmers' Market Workshop

     The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a workshop on February 8, 2019 to assist farmers' market vendors and managers.

     Kansas farmers' markets not only provide a fresh food source, but also stimulate the local economy. In 2018, 95 farmers' markets were registered with KDA's Central Registration of Farmers' Markets.

     "Farmers' markets provide growers a wonderful opportunity to have real interaction with consumers, and a chance to tell their farm's story," said Londa Nwadike, consumer food safety specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri. "It's also important for farmers to understand certain legal, safety and financial parameters before choosing to sell at a farmers' market."

Workshop topics will vary slightly by location. Highlighted topics include:

  • Vendor Marketing and Communications
  • Pest Control and Soil Health
  • Regulations on Selling Meat, Eggs & Poultry
  • Sales Tax for Vendors

KDA's weights and measures program will also offer free scale certification at the workshops for attendees.

     The workshop is scheduled for Friday, February 8 in Dodge City at the Ford County Fair Building, 901 W. Park Street. Registration for the February workshop is now open and is $20 per participant. Registration includes lunch; however, lunch will only be guaranteed to those participants who register prior to the workshop. Registration forms can be found at https://www.fromthelandofkansas.com/page/farmers-market-regional-workshops.

     Onsite registration for the workshop will open at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m.