Now is a good time to review seed catalogs or other hobby publications. In my case, I need to review my craft stash and work on unfinished projects. If you produce or grow items, you might consider how you could sell direct-to-consumers or at local farmers markets.

In 2020, 76 farmers’ markets were registered with the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Central Registration of Farmers’ Markets. Cowley County has three farmers’ markets:  Arkansas City (Tuesdays), Dexter (Fridays) and Winfield (Saturdays).

These markets are an important source for fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and other value added agricultural products. If you have ever had an interest in selling items, there are many things to know about food safety, sales tax, incentive programs, and COVID-19 changes.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension will host a virtual workshop series February 16-19. Friday, February 19 is the main session from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will feature Michael Kilpatrick. His topic is “Winning with Direct-to-Consumer Sales”  How selling directly to consumers can increase your margins, grown your business and reduce your stress!” To participate in the live virtual sessions, interested parties should visit “fromthelandofkansas.com" to register for the Farmers Market Regional Workshops. All sessions will be recorded. 

If you are interested in being a local farmers market vendor, please reach out to local contacts since planning meetings are scheduled in March. Dexter’s Community Garden and Farmers Market will now be known as Bebo’s Place at 310 E. Valley St., just off K-15. Their planning meeting will be March 20 at 9:30 a.m.; e-mail bebosplace@yahoo.com or visit Bebo’s Place on Facebook for more information.

The Cowley Farmers Market Association is the coordinating entity for the Walnut Valley Farmers Market in Winfield and the Ark City Farm and Art Market. Their spring vendor meeting is Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m.; e-mail cowleyfarmersmarketassociation@gmail.com or visit either Walnut Valley Farmers Market or Ark City Farm and Art Market on Facebook.

For more ideas, contact K-State Research and Extension Cowley County at (620) 221-5450.

 

Upcoming K-State Research

and Extension Events

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Feb. 11 — Living Well Together:  Love Languages, 6:45 p.m.

March 25 — Mental Health First Aid, Arkansas City, $35 advance registration required bit.ly/3i5XupF

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