It's an exciting time to be a Farmers' Market Manager in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Now more than ever, families and individuals are putting fresh local products, such as vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses, on the top of their shopping lists. Farmers' Market Managers serve as the key link between market vendors and customers and serve as the lifeblood of Virginia’s rapidly growing market success. Together, we can create better markets, encourage a safer and informed citizenry and promote and expand small business development in our communities.
The purpose of this webpage is to provide Virginia Farmers’ Market Managers with educational resources shared during the 2011 Virginia Farmers’ Market Managers Workshops organized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS) with outreach support from Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), and VT Earth Works.
Here you will learn about:
Ø Current Food Safety and Process Food Regulations
Ø Dairy and Meat Regulations, Pet Food, Seafood,
Ø Weights and Measures, Taxes, Insurance and EBT/SNAP Program resources
Ø Creative marketing strategies and more
Special thanks to the many market mangers and extension educators who assisted with the workshops that provided a statewide voice to the future success of Farmers’ Markets in Virginia. We hope this will be helpful information to increase Farmers’ Market profitability in Virginia!
Leanne DuBois, VDACS Theresa Nartea, VCE
PresentationsVirginia Food Safety Security Program (Pam Miles, VDACS)
Virginia Poultry and Meat Regulations (Barry Jones, VDACS)
EBT Requirements for Farmers Markets (Toinette Waldon, VDACS)
Virginia Dairy Regulations, (John Beers, VDACS)
Virginia Weights and Measures Regulations (Milt Hargrove, VDACS)
This page was prepared by:
Theresa Nartea, Extension Specialist, Marketing & Agribusiness, Virginia State University Cooperative Extension
Leanne DuBois, Office of Promotions-Division of Marketing, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
In Cooperation with the VDACS, VSU School of Agriculture and Virginia Cooperative Extension