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Farmers market workshop on Feb. 28

SDSU Extension is hosting a workshop for farmers market vendors and managers on Feb. 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pennington County 4-H Building in Rapid City.

 A wide range of topics will be offered including marketing the market and using social media, understanding customer wants in terms of quality and harvest size, food safety practices to implement at the market, and an update on the spotted wing drosophila and Japanese beetle, two new pests in the region.

 Additional breakout sessions offer information on vendor displays that sell, home processed foods certification, pricing products, pest and beneficial insect identification (hands on lab), accepting EBT/SNAP benefits and utilizing Square for credit card purchases, and storing products for optimal quality.

 Early registration is $35/person and $30 for a companion or spouse. Late registration, after Feb. 24 is $45/person. Participants should visit the event listing at http://igrow.org/events/farmers-market-workshop-rapid-city/ print a registration form for this training.

 Official scale testing for certification will also be offered at the training. When selling product by weight vendors are required to use a scale certified by the S.D. Department of Public Safety- Office of Weights and Measures. The fee for testing a scale is $28, due the day of the training. A seed exchange will also occur during the event for those interested in sharing and swapping. For more information, contact Lori Jacobson at 605-773-3808 or lori.jacobson@state.sd.us.

 Return the registration form to: SDSU Regional Extension Center in Rapid City, Attn: Mary Roduner, 1530 Samco Rd. Rapid City, SD 57702.

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 For more information contact Mary Roduner, SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist at 605-394-1722 or email her at Mary.Roduner@sdstate.edu. F

–SDSU Extension