The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a regional workshop Jan. 29 in Hays to assist farmers market vendors and managers.
“While selling food directly to consumers through farmers markets provides growers a chance to tell their farm’s story, 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 will include:
• Kansas sales tax requirements.
• Food safety inspection requirements.
• Vendor panels on marketing and other best practices.
• Value-added food product safety.
• Accepting non-cash payments.
• Planning your production planting for market season.
KDA’s Division of Weights and Measures also will offer workshop participants free-scale certification.
The workshop will be at KSU Agricultural Research Center. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop begins at 9 a.m. and concludes by 4 p.m.
Registration prior to Jan. 19 is $20, which includes lunch. After that date, registration is $25. Lunch cannot be guaranteed for walk-in registrations.
Registration forms can be found at fromtheLandofkansas.com/fmconference or at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state. Return the completed registration form and payment to: KSU Ellis County Extension Office, c/o Linda Beech, 601 Main, Suite A, Hays, KS 67601.