The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 10, 2013

Meeting for farmers market vendors is tonight

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Those interested in becoming vendors for Enid Farmers Market may attend a free training session for the 2013 season at 6:30 tonight in the Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid campus board room, 2929 E. Randolph.

“We always have people asking what the requirements are as vendors, and we of course require vendors to follow state regulations regarding preparation and packing of food items. We want to provide as much support and education as possible about these guidelines in hopes that new vendors will join us,” said Kayte Anton, Enid Farmers Market board president.

Enid Farmers Market will open its 2013 season on May 11 and continue 8-11 a.m. every Saturday through October at the old Rock Island railroad station at Grand and Garriott.

 The training will give prospective vendors plenty of time to determine how to meet state standards regarding regulations about packaging and packing of food items by the time Farmer’s Market opens in May, said Stephanie Ezzell, a board member who assists vendors in coordinating use of a commercial kitchen. Ezzell will lead the training.

Anton said the Farmers Market board will provide as much support and education about those guidelines as possible.

“We want those interested not to be deterred by state guidelines, because we have access to a commercial kitchen that is required for certain food preparations, and a board that is committed to vendor development,” Anton said.