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 2016, 75 farmers' markets were registered with the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Central Registration of Farmers' Markets. To support Kansas' farmer's markets we are pleased to offer the following workshops:

*Note: The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Certified Farmer Training session is required for all new farmers who wish to participate in the KSFMNP.  All farmers must complete training and submit an annual agreement with KDHE. Visit www.kdheks.gov/sfmnp for details.

Saturday, February 4 - Wichita*

Time:                                    Location:                                       Contact:
8:45 - 4:15       KSU Sedgwick County Extension Office      Rebecca McMahon
                                         7001 W 21st N.                                316 660 0100
                                     Wichita, KS 67205                          rmcmahon@ksu.edu

                         Register for the Wichita Conference

*Held in conjunction with the Central Kansas Market Grower Vendor Workshop. Include Morel Mushroom Identification Course.

Friday, February 10 - Olathe

Time:                                       Location:                                          Contact:
9:00 - 3:00                              KSU Olathe                                   Londa Nwadike
                                          22201 W Innovation Dr.                       913 307 7391
                                            Olathe, KS 66061                     lnwadike@ksu,.edu

                         Register for the Olathe Workshop


Saturday, February 11 – Girard*

Time:                                        Location:                                       Contact:
9:00 - 4:00              Greenbush Education Service Center-           Gayle Price
                                 Dave DeMoss Education Building,              620 820 6123
                                      947 West 47 Highway                           gprice@ksu.edu
                                              Girard, KS 66743

* The workshop includes a tour of high tunnel growing at Misty Morning Farms in Mulberry, KS.

                         Register for the Girard Workshop

Friday, February 17 – Hays

Time:                                        Location:                                        Contact:
9:00-3:00                   KSU Agriculture Research Center                 Linda Beech
                                           1232 240th Ave                                    785 628 9430
                                           Hays, KS 67601                              lbeech@ksu.edu

                            Register for the Hays Workshop


*Vendors can also bring their 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: http://www.ncwm.net/certificates

***Scholarships are available for farmers market managers or KSRE Extension personnel to attend the state conference ($200 scholarships) or for farmers market vendors or Extension personnel to attend the regional workshops ($100 scholarships). Contact Kerri Ebert, kebert@ksu.edu, to apply and for more information on the scholarships.