Farmers Market Workshop this weekend in Milbank

Members of the Cooperative Extension Service will provide the opportunity for farmers market growers and vendors to expand their knowledge and explore new technologies during the Farmers Market Workshop in Milbank, SD. The workshop will be held as part of the 63rd Annual Grant County Farm and Home Show, Saturday, January 15.

Members of the public can attend any or all of the free sessions including information about growing produce for farmers market outlets, food safety and regulations that apply to growers, and marketing produce and other food products. All sessions will be held in the Milbank High School theatre.

“Marketing Local Foods” begins at 9 a.m. and will be presented by Karla Trautman, Community Development Specialist, SDSU Extension. This session will help frame some ideas for marketing produce and other food products.  This includes marketing products at farmers markets, to retailers, restaurants and other potential consumers. Participants will look at various methods and strategies to help their marketing campaigns be more successful.

“Garden to Market” begins at 10 a.m. and will be presented by Sandra Namken, Hamlin County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences. The program will feature the safe food handling practices and regulations that apply to growers that are interested in adding value to their product through food processing. Safe food preservation focusing on equipment, processing, pH, and food ingredients for acidified foods will be taught at the session.

“High Tunnels and Organic Production” begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be presented by Rick Abrahamson, Pennington County Extension Educator, Horticulture. He will address questions such as, How can growers extend the season?  What is a high tunnel?  Can crops be grown without synthetic inputs?  These questions and many others will be answered during this informative talk on high tunnels, crop production, and organic inputs. Those present will learn the basics of high tunnel production and why a producer might want to invest in a high tunnel.  Join Abrahamson as he takes the participants on a journey through high tunnel production and weaves in some good organic cultural techniques.

Pre-registration is not required, but would be appreciated. For more information, or to pre-register, call the Grant County Extension Office at 605-432-9221, or email grant.county@sdstate.edu.

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