Extension office to hold farmers market program

February 11th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

If you grow your own vegetables or raise your own livestock, and have ever considered setting up a booth at the local farmers’ market, the Ohio State University (OSU) Extension-Clermont is offering a Farmers’ Market Workshop Series to help you learn all about it!

“These workshops will help you understand how things should be prepared and sold at farmers’ markets with an update on rules and regulations for the future,” said OSU Extension-Clermont Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Coordinator Latham Farley.  “The programs will help you better connect with buyers, and provides you with a forecast of marketing trends for 2010.”

The first workshop, Food Safety Update, will be held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, located at 1000 Locust Street in Owensville.  The class will be taught by Kathleen Cooper, a food safety specialist from the Ohio Department of Agriculture; topics will include cottage foods rules and regulations, meat labeling, and egg labeling.

The second workshop, Direct Marketing, will be held from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at the Clermont County Fairgrounds.

This workshop will be led by Julie Fox, a direct marketing specialist from The OSU South Centers. Topics will include various marketing strategies and trends.

The cost for each workshop is $5 and can be paid at the door; if you do plan to attend, call to make a reservation to ensure enough materials are available. Contact OSU Extension-Clermont at (513) 732-7070 to make a reservation, or e-mail Latham Farley at Farley.142@cfaes.osu.edu.
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