NCDA offers workshop for farmers market vendors

The N.C. Department of Agriculture Marketing Division will hold a one-day workshop Friday, Feb. 26, that will focus on boosting traffic and sales at farmers markets and also include management tips for markets.

“A Successful Season” will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Martin Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Cost is $25 and covers materials and lunch. The deadline for registering is Feb. 19. The class is expected to fill up quickly, so early registration is advised.

“More and more consumers are looking for locally grown products and we are seeing more interest on many levels in farmers markets,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This workshop is designed for vendors and market managers of existing farmers markets, growers interested in selling at farmers markets and community leaders interested in starting a market.”

Topics to be covered include maintaining good vendor relations, updates on good agricultural practices, sales-tax collections for value-added products, liability insurance, regulations on homemade products, customer service, product presentation, point-of-sale merchandising, and creating and maintaining market bylaws.

For more information or a registration form, go to http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agbizmarketing.htm, or call Annette Dunlap in the NCDA&CS Marketing Division at (919) 733-7887, ext. 257 or Kevin Hardison, (919) 733-7887, ext. 234.

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