The Delaware Cooperative Extension will conduct a day-long Retail Farm Market School on May 29 for anyone who handles, processes, or merchandises fresh market produce, such as local farm market vendors.
The course runs from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and will be held at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown. Instructors will be Gordon Johnson from the University of Delaware and John Berry from Penn State. The tuition is $45.
Topics will include produce handling and merchandising, customer service, sanitation, and fresh cut produce. The course will be comprised of several delivery modes including professionally produced video segments, take-home text, post-harvest handling references, hands-on activities, and a “certification quiz.”
Each participant will receive a full-day of retail farm marketing education and networking, a 40-page text that follows the school curriculum, a professional produce knife, a digital produce thermometer, sign blanks, and the opportunity to receive a Retail Produce Professional certificate.
Registration deadline is May 17. Please contact Karen Adams at email@example.com or call (302) 856-7303, ext. 540 to register, and obtain additional information and directions. The class is limited to 35 seats.