The farmers’ markets in Nashville, Hope and Washington will be holding their 2018 kick-off meeting and vendor training at Hempstead Hall in Hope, Tuesday afternoon, February 13. The free vendor training will include a special track for those new to farmers’ markets and those who are thinking about selling at a farmers’ market, but just need to know more. This year there is also a separate tract for experienced market vendors. Tricia (pronounced Teresa) Salinas, an accountant/farmer and owner of Salinas farm, will be discussing essential recordkeeping and tax preparation for market growers and small farms. Josh Hardin of Laughing Stock Farm will be providing insight about going organic and offering guidance on how small farms can “go organic” or “go natural”. Both vendor training sessions will conclude with a combined networking session. ANYONE who would like to sell at any farmers market this year, including those in other areas of the state, will benefit from this free training! There are reduced registration fees and other incentives for vendors who register during this event. These incentives will not be available later in the year.
Following the vendor training, there will be a special event, “Know Your Farmer – Know Your Food!”, where you can meet the growers, find out about the markets and taste local foods! For more information, contact Debra Bolding at (870) 557-2352 or Jodi Coffee at (870) 703-8788.