KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Area farmers market vendors and managers are invited to attend a one-day workshop hosted by Kansas State University Research and Extension and University of Missouri Extension.

The workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 11, in Olathe, Kan., will cover topics such as food safety and weights and measures regulations in Kansas and Missouri; accepting non-cash payments such as EBT and SFMNP; attracting customers through merchandising, sampling and social media; the Food Safety Modernization Act; and planning production planting for market season. During panel discussions, local vendors will talk about best practices and answer questions. Missouri vendors can have their sales scale certified for $15.

“While selling food directly to consumers through farmers markets gives 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 MU Extension and K-State Research and Extension.

Presenters include Nwadike, representatives from the Kansas and Missouri agriculture departments, and Missouri and Kansas farmers market vendors.

The workshop will take place at K-State University-Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe.

Cost is $20 per person until March 1 and $25 thereafter. Additional details as well as online and printable registration forms are available at FromtheLandofKansas.com/FMConference.

For more information, contact Londa Nwadike at 816-482-5850 or [email protected].

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