MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas farmers’ markets across the state are doing much more than just providing a fresh food source. The farmers offering their produce, as well as the consumers taking advantage of the farm-fresh offerings are also simulating the local economy. There are now 130 active farmers’ markets in Kansas compared to the 26 in operation in 1987. The growth in this sector helps provide Kansans with additional revenue and more high-quality food choices.
To help assist current or prospective market vendors, five regional workshops will be held. The regional workshop in Olathe, Kan. will be on March 20, 2015, and is part of the Growing Growers program.
“Expanding local markets allows Kansans the opportunity to boost their local economies. Farmers are able to develop relationships with their consumers, and consumers can be comforted knowing where their food was grown,” said Stacy Mayo, From the Land of Kansas trademark program director.
“Selling food directly to consumers through farmers’ markets provides growers a chance to tell their farm’s story, but has its own set of legal, safety and financial parameters,” said Londa Nwadike, consumer food safety specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri.
Vendors can also bring any scales used for sales at farmers markets to the workshop to be inspected by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, as well as the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
A fee of $25 a person will cover the costs of the conference, including lunch. Registration forms can be found at: www.FromtheLandofKansas.com/FMConference.
Workshop topics include:
- Vendor best practices
- Food practices
- Sales tax and Kansas webtax online
- Accepting non-cash payments
The workshop will be held at Kansas State University-Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Dr., Olathe KS 66061. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m.
Regional workshops are supported by a K-State Research and Extension Epsilon Sigma Phi Endowment Grant, From the Land of Kansas and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
For more information, please contact Londa Nwadike at (913) 307-7391 or [email protected].