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Workshop - selling local foods in Missouri
Missouri Ag Connection - 02/19/2024

The University of Missouri Extension is set to host a comprehensive "Selling Local Foods" workshop in Hannibal on March 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Admiral Coontz Armory, 301 Warren Barrett Drive. Geared towards farmers market vendors, local food producers, and farmers, the workshop, led by MU Extension horticulturist Justin Keay, aims to provide valuable insights into the regulations, food safety essentials, and best practices associated with preparing and selling fresh foods and value-added products.

Entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their small businesses will particularly benefit from learning about the regulations surrounding the production and sale of locally grown and produced foods. The increasing consumer interest in purchasing local foods and supporting community businesses adds significance to such knowledge.

Morning sessions will delve into food safety, regulations concerning growing and processing local foods, and effective marketing strategies when directly targeting consumers. Representatives from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will elaborate on the Cottage Food Rule, allowing the home-based production of items like breads, cookies, pies, jams, and dried herbs.

In the afternoon, participants will gain insights into alternative markets such as community-supported agriculture (CSA), restaurants, and small grocers. Additionally, they will learn about building appealing product displays, enhancing customer service, and receive valuable perspectives from a farmer/expert panel, featuring individuals like Lynn Gibson, Mary Behrens, John Poole, Steve Huse, and Frank Lemongelli. The workshop is a holistic resource for those keen on navigating the local foods market successfully.

Register by March 11 at For more information, call 573-324-5464.

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