Farmers’ markets and direct-to-consumer opportunities are growing across the state.
Farmers’ markets and direct-to-consumer sales continue to be an important source of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and other value added agricultural products from small towns to large metropolitan areas. In 2022, more than 95 farmers' markets were registered with the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Central Registration of Farmers' Markets.
The 2023 Farmers' Market/Direct-to-Consumer Workshops will be held virtually February 6-10, 2023.
Dates and topics for each Lunch and Learn online session are:
Monday, February 6, 2023, noon to 1 p.m.: Accepting EBT/SNAP & Double Up Food Bucks
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, noon to 1 p.m.: Meat and Poultry Regulations; Kansas Value Added Meats Lab
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, noon to 1 p.m.: Kansas Sales Tax Information
Thursday, February 9, 2023, noon to 1 p.m.: Food Safety Regulations; Kansas Value Added Foods Lab
Friday, February 10, 2023, noon to 1 p.m.: Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program*
*Note: An interactive training session for the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is required this year for ALL farmers who wish to participate in the SFMNP (new AND returning farmers). Interactive training may occur during this training scheduled for Feb. 10 other trainings that KDHE will be scheduling in due course. All farmers must submit an annual agreement to KDHE. Visit https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/1048/Farmers-Growers.
Below are the recordings and resources shared during the 2022 sessions.
Lunch & Learn Session Resources
- Sales Tax - Kansas Department of Revenue
- Food Packaging and How to Care for your Certified Scales - Kansas Department of Agriculture
Friday's Main Workshop Session Resources
- Marketing for Markets and Vendors - Lexi Wright, Back Pocket Social
- Best Practices for Business Success - Brian Coppom, Colorado Dept of Ag
- Farmers Market Legal Toolkit - Emily Spiegel, Center for Agriculture & Food Systems, Vermont Law School
- Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program* - Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Information for Farmers and Growers
- *An interactive training session for the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is required for all new farmers who wish to participate in the SFMNP. Interactive training may occur during an online training (such as those hosted during this Farmers Market/Direct-to-Consumer Workshops). Returning farmers at a minimum need to review the training slides available on the KDHE webpage (or watch the recording of this session). All farmers must submit an annual agreement to KDHE.
- From the Land of Kansas and the Central Registration for Kansas Farmers Markets - From the Land of Kansas