Our final day of conference, Thursday November 17th, is a shorter one, but we have still packed it full of great information that you can take with you before you go. If you missed our other session spotlight articles for Tuesday and Wednesday you can read them on the blog.
But for now, let’s talk about Thursday.
For our morning session on Thursday, we will delve into the topic of Food Preparation: What Managers and Farmers Should Know. Managers from around the state are often asking us questions such as “What is required to have tastings or cooking demonstrations at our market?” “What if our vendors want to showcase a recipe made with one of their farm-fresh ingredients or launch a specialty value-added product?” Our featured speaker, Shannon Prozeller from the NYS Food Venture Center and the Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship NCEFE will enlighten us on some food business basics as they apply to markets including critical things to be aware of before starting a food processing business. She will also talk about the resources available through NCEFE for those wanting to delve deeper into the topic.
Coffee Break & Continue Morning Session
We will take a brief break from 11:00 to 11:15 to chat with other managers and do some networking while we enjoy some coffee and snacks. Then Shannon will continue her presentation before we head out on the final tour.
Those of you travelling South or East to return home may wish to pack up the car before you leave because this tour will take us 30 minutes southeast of the hotel to Canticle Farms. Canticle Farm, a CSA farm, will host the group from 1:30 to 3:00 after which we will end the day early to allow you plenty of time to travel safely back home with all the knowledge (and new friends) gained during the conference. The farm tour here should be really interesting – Canticle Farm is in their 16th year and they were actually founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Alleghany. They are a nonprofit farm and guided by their mission to practice Earth friendly habits in being a stewards of the land, as well as connecting people to each other, the community and and the land. They use their farm to teach other farmers as well as children and members of the community, and donate 20% of their annual crop to 12 food pantries to help ensure food security for all.
At 3:00 pm we will say our goodbyes and head back to our respective towns and cities, prepared to plan for the market season ahead and energized with new contacts, ideas, and resources.
If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time! Conference is less than 2 weeks away though so you’ll want to submit your registration and reserve your room (if needed) ASAP using the links below: