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    Farmers Market Food Safety: Hand Washing

    There are many situations and times when a grower should wash their hands. However, while working in the fields or at the farmers market, growers may find that there is no sink or running water available. Hand sanitizers and moist towelettes do not replace the need for hand washing. These products are not effective in removing bacteria when debris such as food particles or dirt are on hands.

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    Farmers Market Food Safety: Health & Hygiene

    Health, hygiene and hand washing apply to all stages of production, processing and marketing. Ill food handlers can easily contaminate fresh produce with disease-causing microorganisms. Many of these organisms have the capability to survive on fresh fruits and vegetables for an extended time, from several days to weeks. Once the organism is established on fresh produce, it is very hard to remove.

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    Local Food & Product Regulations: Certified Organic

    According to the United State Department of Agriculture National Organic Program, “Organic is a labeling term that specifies that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through accepted methods using cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

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    It’s Not All About Organic

    A growing number of people seem to equate sustainable farming with organic farming. According to Brian Depew, Center of Rural Affairs in Lyons, NE, that is a mistake. Depew sites the values the Center stands behind as stewardship, community, and ownership. They look for farming systems that protect the land, soil and water. They also encourage ownership and look at the impacts on communities.

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    Farmers Market Setup: Choosing a Location

    As the old saying goes, the most important feature of a new business is, “location, location, location.” While selecting a location may be a simple choice in some communities, it may be difficult for others. Community members, city planners and vendors may different opinions about proposed locations for the farmers market based on their goals and aspirations for the market and the community.

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    Drafting Farmers Market Documents: Vendor Application

    Farmers markets may be interested in creating a vendor application. This document provides an opportunity to collect contact information from potential vendors and update information from returning vendors. Typically, all vendors fill out an application each year before the beginning of the selling season. In some markets, products and new vendors will be reviewed and accepted by the board.

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    SDSU Extension Garden-Based Education Newsletter

    SDSU Extension provides regular updates for garden educators though their Garden-Based Education Newsletter. This newsletter features lesson ideas linked to core subject areas, garden stories featuring projects across the state of South Dakota, horticultural information, links to educational videos, links to current grant opportunities, and a Pick it! Try It! Like It! feature- a produce item from the garden with recipe, preparation video and supporting lesson plans.

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    Garden Clubs & Associations

    Novice gardeners and master gardeners share a love of and respect for nature, which is one of the many reasons why they naturally seek out like-minded individuals to organize clubs or associations. Many cities and counties have their own clubs or associations and the following is not a complete listing, but rather a beginning resource for connecting with others in the gardening community.

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    Additional Local Food Marketing Venues

    Local food producers have a variety of options for marketing their products. Consider on-farms sales for those interested in connecting directly with the consumer at the farm. The set-up could include a farm store, a U-pick or Pick-Your-Own operation and other agritourism components. These features will be appealing to people seeking extremely fresh produce, canners and cooks that are seeking large quantities of product at a reduced cost, and families looking for a weekend activity, wanting their children to experience farm life and food production.

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    Cooperative Networks in Local Foods

    Local foods communities across the nation are working together to form cooperative networks in attempt to have a large portion of local food sales while reducing inputs. Working together to streamline issues related to production processes and inputs, distribution, processing, use or consumption, recycling and disposal of food wastes, and support services to operate can all be explored as individuals begin to collaborate. These articles provide some options for exploring producer and community partnerships.

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    Local Food & Product Regulations: Certified Organic

    According to the United State Department of Agriculture National Organic Program, “Organic is a labeling term that specifies that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through accepted methods using cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

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