Thought youse-guys in Penna. and nearby might be interested in this.
Info came via SUSTAG-L.
FYI, CIAS is in the last laps of a publication summarizing a survey
of various supermarkets in WI and MN on this topic of direct
marketing organic produce to retail outlets. Watch this space. :^)
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Pennsylvania Farm Link and the Pennsylvania Produce Project of the
Department of Agriculture will sponsor two twilight meetings for farmers
who are interested in learning about selling their produce to
supermarkets. Farmers are invited to attend twilight meetings beginning
at 7:00 PM in the produce sections of either Karns Quality Foods in the
West Shore Plaza or Oregon Dairy Farm Market, Lititz. On September 8,
1998 Karns Market will host the meeting in their store located at 1200
Market Street Lemoyne and Oregon Dairy Market located at 2900 Oregon
Pike, Lititz will host the meeting on September 10, 1998.
Jim Hensel, produce manager of Oregon Dairy Market, and Doug
Diffenderfer, produce manager of Karns Quality Market, will discuss
their experiences working directly with farmers, their preferences for
quality produce and their "wish list" of quantities and packaging.
Other speakers include Jeffrey Patton, Coordinator of the Pennsylvania
Produce Project who will discuss the project's objectives and assistance
in finding buyers. Penn State Cooperative Extension will participate in
both meetings. Area marketing extension agent Larry Yager from Adams
County will be on hand to supply information and offer advise on
marketing at Tuesday's meeting. And, Tim Elkner, horticulture agent
with Lancaster Cooperative Extension, will review marketing aspects such
as variety and stage of harvest at Thursday's meeting. Farm Link
Director, Marion L. Bowlan, will talk about Farm Link services and other
marketing sessions sponsored by the non-profit at both meetings.
Karns Market is located on the left in the West Shore Plaza at 1200
Market Street, 1-2 miles from the Market Street Bridge in Harrisburg.
Oregon Dairy Farm Market is located at 2900 Oregon Pike (Route 272).
>From Lancaster travel north four to five miles on Route 272, the market
is on the left.
Although registration is not required, please contact Pennsylvania Farm
Link at 717-558-7726 to let them know of your planned attendance. Farm
Link is sponsoring a series of marketing meetings to assist beginning
farmers and those looking for additional marketing opportunities. For
additional information on the meeting or others on marketing, please
call 717-558-7726. Established in 1994, Pennsylvania Farm Link is a
nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors representing
diverse agricultural interests that works to create farming
Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
Voice: (608) 262-8018 FAX: (608) 265-3020
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