MANHATTAN – The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a regional workshop in Hays on Friday, Feb. 17, to assist farmers-market vendors and managers. This is the fourth of four regional workshops that are being hosted by the KDA this year.
Kansas farmers markets not only provide a fresh food source, but also stimulate the local economy. In 2016, 75 farmers markets were registered with KDA’s Central Registration of Farmers’ Markets.
“Selling food directly to consumers through farmers markets provides growers a chance to tell their farm’s story, but there are also legal, safety and financial parameters that farmers need to understand before choosing this marketing tool,” said Londa Nwadike, consumer food safety specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri.
Workshop topics and presenters will include:
- A keynote speaker on successful farmers-market vending;
- Beekeeping 101;
- Regulations on selling meat, eggs and poultry directly to consumers;
- A look at the Double Up Food Bucks SNAP matching program;
- Cover cropping and other soil health strategies;
- Food safety inspection requirements;
- A look at Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program certified farmer training;
KDA’s weights and measures program will also offer to attendees free scale certification at the workshop.
The workshop will take place at the KSU Agriculture Research Center, 1232 240th Ave. in Hays. Onsite registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m.
Registration for the workshop is now open and is $20 per participant, which includes lunch. Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after Feb. 7.
Registration is available online at FromtheLandofKansas.com/FMConference or at the Ellis County Extension Office. Please return the completed form and payment to: KSU Ellis County Extension Office, c/o Linda Beech, 601 Main St., Suite A, Hays, KS 67601.