General Farmer’s Market Food Safety Training offered  

From press reports

The General Farmer’s Market Food Safety Training is a two hour workshop designed to teach the basics of food safety and regulations for processing foods in Mississippi. Training will cover food handling, sanitation and hygiene/health, fresh cut fruits and vegetables, temperature of sampled foods. Whether you have a business that you wish to expand, enter new market avenues, or you are just in the planning stages, the General Farmer’s Market Food Safety Training will be helpful to you. The training will be offered at several locations across the state. This training will qualify you for processing foods that can be sold in local, certified farmers’ markets in Mississippi. This training does not allow you to sell elsewhere or ship interstate. A General Farmer’s Market Food Safety Training is required for all processed food vendors that attend Mississippi Certified Farmers’ Markets. However, if you have an updated and valid ServSafe Certification from the Mississippi State Department of Health, that will suffice. (Note: The Choctaw County Farmers Market is not a certified market. For a list of certified markets go to www.msfarmersmarket.com.

Registration will begin 30 minutes before the training session.

The training session will last approximately 2 hours. This training session will be free of charge but pre-registration is suggested as seating is limited.You must attend the entire class to receive your certification. Register online at www.fsnhp.msstate.edu/ farmersmarkettraining or contact the Choctaw County Extension Office in the Courthouse Annex, 285-6337.

Training Dates/Locations July 16 – Batesville, MS 9:30 am Panola County Extension Service 245 C Eureka Road July 16– Indianola, MS 2 pm Capps Center 920 Hwy 82 W July 18 – Jackson, MS 10 am Ethnic Building, MS Ag Museum 1150 Lakeland Drive July 18 – Philadelphia, MS 2:30 pm Neshoba County Extension Service 12000 Hwy 15 N, Suite 2 July 20– Hattiesburg, MS 10:30am Forrest County Extension Service 952 Sullivan Drive July 26– Verona, MS 10 am MS Research & Extension Center 5421 Hwy 145 S