CANTON, OH (February 4, 2011) – Farmers’ markets continue to sprout up across the country, creating a consumer-driven demand for local foods. To assist markets with meeting this demand, The Ohio State University Extension – Stark County, The Ohio State University South Centers, Alliance Farmers’ Market, Canton Farmers’ Market, McKinley Grand Hotel, Stark County District Library and Stark County Park District are collaborating on the Growing! Ohio Farmers’ Markets training program. Growing! is a resource for market managers and vendors/producers that aims to help grow local community farmers’ markets or to get new markets started.
The Growing! Ohio Farmers’ Markets Stark County Training Program will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stark County Exploration Gateway (5712 12th Street NW, Meeting Room A, in Canton). The cost of the training program is $10 and it is open to market managers, vendors and producers.
The program will cover:
* How to start a farmers’ market in your community.
* Marketing your farmers’ market and/or vendor business, including best practices and planning.
* Ohio cottage foods and food safety, including what is required to sell different products at Ohio Farmers’ Markets and Good Agricultural Practices.
* Managing your farmers’ market and/or vendor business, including business planning, recordkeeping, insurance, etc.
* Resources to help you grow your farmers’ market.