Meeting for Ohio farmers’ market network set

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NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — The annual meeting for the Farmers’ Market Management Network will be held at 10 a.m. March 9 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

There is no charge and the meeting is open to all Ohio farmers’ market managers and vendors.

Agenda

The agenda for the meeting is to accept new members, elect officers, review bylaws and discuss food safety issues markets and vendors are facing.

An update will also be given on the status of the farmers’ market manual which will assist communities on how to start a market in their area and the best practices to make their new market successful.

Network

The Farmers’ Market Management Network was formed March 2008 after more than 20 markets across the state came together to discuss common problems and challenges facing Ohio farmers’ markets.

Issues identified included lack of networking opportunities for market managers, differing interpretations of food safety guidelines and marketing challenges.

Since its formation, the network has established committees to tackle these issues and is currently working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to establish consistency within food safety rules to ensure the safest local food for consumers and clarity in procedures for producers.

More information

For more information contact Christie Welch at 740-289-2071, ext. 234 or e-mail welch.183@osu.edu.

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