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U of M Regional Partnerships Offer Produce-Handling Demonstrations for Small-Town Grocers

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) will offer produce-handling demonstrations for small-town grocers across Minnesota. These in-store demonstrations will highlight tips and tricks for handling, storing, and marketing fresh produce in a small-town grocery setting, including best practices for maximizing shelf life and display of locally grown and standard fresh produce. In addition to demonstrations, events will include in-store tours and discussion.

“These demonstrations will bring together both rural grocers and local fruit and vegetable producers to discuss methods for maintaining and marketing fresh produce in a small, rural setting,” said Karen Lanthier, RSDP Assistant Program Director for Sustainable Local Foods.

The first demonstration will be from 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at Bergen’s Prairie Market, 234 Main Street in Milan. The second is from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, at Pierz Foods, 233 Main Street North in Pierz. The third is from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at TJ’s Country Corner, 2751 Market Street in Mahtowa. The fourth is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, at Kiester Market, 131 South Main in Kiester. The fifth is from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at KC’s Market, 201 North Main Street in Badger.

The demonstrations are free, and funding to cover travel may be available. For more information, contact Karen Lanthier, korsl001@umn.edu. RSVP at: http://bit.ly/Produce_Handling_Demos.  

The University of Minnesota RSDP offer a variety of resources for rural grocers at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/rsdp/statewide/rural-grocery-stores/.

 

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Contact

Karen Lanthier
Assistant Program Director for Sustainable Local Foods
612-624-8452

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