Farmers Market Workshop Set for Feb. 23

Iowa Department of Ag will hold 10th annual workshop for market managers and vendors Feb. 23 in Des Moines.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will hold its 10th Annual Iowa Farmers Market Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Des Moines.

"There is a growing interest statewide and nationally in locally-grown food and products," says Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Ag. "We continue to see increased participation in Iowa's farmers markets across the state as more Iowans become interested in supporting local farmers and the Iowa economy."

Annually, sales at farmers markets result in an estimated $31.5 million dollar impact on Iowa's economy.

Iowa continues to be a leader in establishing farmers markets and has experienced a 60% increase in the number of markets across the state over the past 10 years, last season there were over 174 farmers markets operated in Iowa. More than 135,000 Iowans shop regularly at their local markets.

Details are as follows:

Who: Market managers, vendors and anyone involved with farmers markets
Where: Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines
When: Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What: Topics include: Resources for Market Funds and Grants; Food Safety; Enhancing Sales; Trends for 2008; and, "Does Not Play Well With Others"
Registration: Cost is $30/person until Feb. 15, $40/person afterwards

For more information, go to www.agriculture.state.ia.us/horticulture/farmersMarketWorkshop2008.pdf or contact Barb Lovitt with the Iowa Department of Ag at 515-281-8232 or e-mail [email protected].

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