Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 15, 2010 - Workshop for current or interested farmers market vendors, roadside stand owners, pick-your-own farmers, or public market managers

CONTACT: Tommy Fleetwood or John Aydlett, 252-331-4773 in Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Annette Dunlap, agribusiness developer
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
(919) 733-7887, ext. 257

NCDA&CS offering one-day workshop for current or prospective farmers market vendors or managers

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Marketing Division will hold a one-day workshop Thursday, April 15, that will focus on boosting traffic and sales at farmers markets and also include management tips for markets.

“A Successful Season” will be held from 9:45 am to 2:45 pm at the Pasquotank County Cooperative Extension Building in Elizabeth City. Cost is $10, which covers all materials. A catered lunch is being provided by the N.C. Farm Bureau Federation.

The deadline for registering is April 8. The class is expected to fill up quickly, so early registration is advised.

“More and more consumers are looking for locally grown products and we are seeing more interest on many levels in farmers markets,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This workshop is designed for vendors and market managers of existing farmers markets, growers interested in selling at farmers markets and community leaders interested in starting a market.”

Topics to be covered include grant opportunities, maintaining good vendor relations, updates on good agricultural practices, sales-tax collections for value-added products, liability insurance, regulations on homemade products, using Women, Infant and Children vouchers and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, customer service, product presentation, point-of-sale merchandising, and creating and maintaining
market bylaws.

For more information or a registration form, go to, or call Annette Dunlap in the NCDA&CS Marketing Division at (919) 733-7887, ext. 257 or; or Tommy Fleetwood at (252) 331-4773 or

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