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Farmers Market Boot Camp slated

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

The UT Center for Profitable Agriculture has six educational seminars planned statewide for farmer’s market sellers.

Lincoln County will host one of these on March 4 in Fayetteville at the Ralph Hastings Building starting at 9 a.m.

Topics will include increasing sales with electronic payments and SNAP; food manufacturing with a domestic kitchen permit or a commercial kitchen for acidified foods; liability risks and insurance related to food-borne illnesses; catching customers’ eyes with great booth displays; business tax rules; a grower’s prospective on helping customers get what they want; and guidelines for food safety for food sampling activities.

This program is free and open to everyone but space may be limited. Registration is with Nancy Austin in the UT Department of Food Science and Technology.

Call Nancy at (865) 974-7717 or e-mail her at naustin@utk.edu with your name, phone number and e-mail address before Feb. 25.

This program qualifies for training to receive 50 percent cost/share on TN Ag Enhancement Grants in Fruits and Vegetables and Value Added categories. Call Hal Pepper at (931) 486-2777 for more information on this program.