The newly-formed Southern Tier West Regional Farmers Market network has partnered with Cornell University Cooperative Extension to present a comprehensive workshop opportunity specifically designed for managers and vendors of farmers markets, and farmers and food producers who operate farm stands.

The four-hour workshop takes place on Thursday, April 16 beginning at 11 a.m. and will feature a live webinar session with John Luker, Assistant Director for the Division of Food Safety and Inspection of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Also presenting in person are Robert Hadad, vegetable specialist with Cornell University, and representatives from health departments in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties.

The workshop will present information on safe food handling and storage from the farm to the farmers market or farm stand. Topics that will be covered include how food safety begins on the farm, best practices to handle produce and fresh food at farmers markers and farm stands, requirements for home processed foods, labeling and packaging regulations, and safe food tastings and demonstration regulations.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers with each of the presenters.

STW Regional Farmers Market Network and Cornell University Cooperative Extension work together to provide educational trainings and resources to the region’s farmers markets and food producers to strengthen the vitality of the local food economy and expand consumer access to farm-direct fresh food.

This is a brown bag lunch event; beverages and fruit will be provided. The workshop is free for members of the STW Regional Farmers Market Network and for Cornell Vegetable Team enrollees; for all others, a $10 attendance fee is suggested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kimberly LaMendola at Southern Tier West: (716) 945-5301 x2211 or