Farmers' Market Workshop
Time & Location
About The Event
This workshop is supported by the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops (KCSAAC) and the Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE). Agendas and registration information will be posted as they become available. Visit From the Land of Kansas for more information.
Farmers’ markets are growing across the state and continue to be an important source of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and other value added agricultural products from small towns to large metropolitan areas. In 2018, 95 farmers' markets were registered with the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Central Registration of Farmers' Markets-- one of them being in the heart of downtown Colby. If you are interested in selling produce at Colby's Farmers Market, or any other, you'll first need to know the basics-- things like sales tax, meat and poultry regulations, produce safety rules, and making sure your sales scales are tested and certified. But, that's not all you need to know! If any of this seems foreign to you, please consider attending an upcoming workshop. The closest one to Colby will be in Leoti, on February 29.
As a vendor, you'll be able to bring your sales scale to get tested and certified for FREE by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Vendors planning to get their scale certified will need to provide up to 5 years of scale test reports or, if the scale has never been certified, it must have an active NTEP Certificate of Conformance. The following is a link to the NTEP Certificate website where you can research the status of your scale: https://www.ncwm.com/ntep-certificates
Reimbursement scholarships are available for farmers market vendors or Extension personnel to attend the regional workshops ($100 scholarships). Contact Kerri Ebert, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the scholarships. Applications are available at: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6LuWOmDRkIaYT7T
Transportation from Colby
Transportation is being offered from Colby to Leoti for the workshop. If you'd like to carpool, please contact:
K-State Research and Extension Specialist, Family & Consumer Sciences
Thomas County Health Department