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Workshop for farmers market vendors set for March 25 in Park Hills

Writer:

Linda Geist
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University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 573-882-9185
Email: GeistLi@missouri.edu

Published: Monday, March 6, 2017

Story source:

Donna Aufdenberg, 573-238-2420

PARK HILLS, Mo. – A local foods workshop to help farmers market vendors increase sales is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in North College Center at Mineral Area College, Park Hills.

The session gives farmers market vendors information on a variety of topics. Extension specialists will discuss the Food Safety Modernization Act and how it affects vendors. Vendors will learn proper food storage and handling methods along with sampling at the market. Farmers market vendors must follow state regulations and county health codes.

University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist Donna Aufdenberg says vendors will learn how to give samples of their products following health regulations. “We know that sampling at the market can increase sales and customer loyalty, but it must be done right to protect the vendors and their customers,” says Aufdenberg.

Aufdenberg worked with vendors last year and says they saw increased sales.

Katie Kammler, MU Extension horticulture specialist, will talk about weed control methods. MU Extension agronomist Rusty Lee will talk about integrated pest management practices for cucumber beetle. There also will be a program on grading, quality and pricing data gathered from markets around Missouri. Missouri Department of Agriculture representatives will let vendors know about funding available for markets. Scale certification also will be available.

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program provided grant funds for the program that ends this year. Last year, MU Extension nutrition specialists, nutrition associates and horticulturists gave demonstrations at Chillicothe, Lawson, St. Joseph, Maryville, Hillsboro, De Soto, Raytown, Belton, Unionville, Kirksville, Harrisonville, Nevada, Webb City, Memphis, Parkville and Gladstone.

Mineral Area College’s North College Center is at 5270 Flat River Road, Park Hills. Contact Katie Kammler at kammlerk@missouri.edu or 573-883-3548 for more information. The registration flier is available under “Upcoming events” at extension.missouri.edu/stegenevieve, or you can request that one be mailed to you. Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Register by March 20.