The Farmers Market Federation of New York will be part of the Empire State Producers Expo in 2014! The federation will be offering a full day of farmers market seminars as part of the three day expo.
"From small weekly markets in library parking lots, to our beautiful regional markets, to the world renowned markets of New York City, farmers markets are an important aspect of produce marketing," notes New York State Vegetable Growers Association President Mark Henry, of Eden Valley Growers in Eden, N.Y.
"The growth and importance of farmers markets has increased as people feel the need to connect with their farmer and know where their food is coming from. The farmers markets are the front line in education and promotion for the agriculture industry in New York. We're proud to have them come and offer their experience and expertise to our Expo," adds Expo Director Jeanette Marvin.
The Empire State Producers Expo runs January 21, 22 and 23 at the On Center in Syracuse. The Expo includes the three-day trade show and three days of concurrent educational sessions.
Contributing organizations include: the NYSVGA, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Empire State Potato Growers Inc., Farmers Market Federation of NY, New York State Berry Growers Association, NYS Flower Industries, NYS Horticultural Society, Farmers' Direct Marketing Committee, and Cornell University. The Expo offers both DEC and Certified Crop Adviser credits.
The trade show, according to Marvin, will include more than 164 companies representing a variety of products and services from equipment and inputs to software, packaging, bakery supplies and much, much more.
Watch for more Expo updates, registration details and the full schedule on www.nysvga.org .