Friday, December 7, 2007

2008 Missouri Farmers' Market Workshop Registration

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), in conjunction with the Missouri Farmers’ Market Association and AgriMissouri™ will be holding statewide farmers’ market workshops that will focus on marketing and promotions.

Missouri offers consumers more than 130 farmers’ markets across the state that provides consumers fresh, local food. Markets are popular with farmers moving towards direct marketing of their products and with beginning farmers and immigrant farmers. Farmers’ markets are an essential part of Missouri’s agricultural economy, providing an outlet for Missouri farmers to sell their produce to consumers across the state

The statewide workshops will include the opportunity for vendors to bring their scales to get certified by the Weights & Measures Division of the MDA for the 2008 season. The workshops are open to market masters, market vendors and those individuals interested in starting a farmers’ market in their local community.

Registration is $10 per person, with lunch provided, and payment is due 7 days prior to the workshop. Please make checks payable to AgriMissouri™. Walk-ins the day of the workshop will be $20 per person.

Workshop Schedule & Locations:
Tuesday, Feb 26: St. Peters
St. Charles County Extension

Wednesday, Feb 27: Jackson
Cape Girardeau County Extension Center

Thursday, Feb 28: Springfield
Springfield Library Center

Monday, March 3: Jefferson City
Cole County Extension Office

Tuesday, March 4: Kirksville
Adair County Extension Office

Wednesday, March 5: Kansas City
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

If interested in attending one of the workshops, contact Lane McConnell, Marketing Specialist with the MDA at 573-751-4339 or via email

Informational brochures and registration forms for the workshops can be found on the AgriMissouri website and on this blog on the side bar.

A special thanks to the St. Charles County Extension Office for providing their extension building at no charge and serving coffee and pastries to workshop participants the day of the Feb. 26 workshop in St. Peters.

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