Next Saturday, February 3rd, the Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines will be full of local farmers market managers from across the state of Iowa.

The 20th annual Iowa Farmers Market Workshop take place from 9 am-4 pm. Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will provide the welcome at the opening of the workshop.

“It’s always an honor to help welcome the market managers, lead personnel and vendors to the workshop. In many cases these market leaders are the face of Iowa agriculture to market goers. The Department really appreciates the work they do in organizing the state’s farmers markets and supplying locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and other items to Iowans,” Northey said.

Iowa Farm Bureau will again be offering free consumer market bags for attendees to utilize this upcoming market season.

In addition to networking with other managers, attendees will learn about the new FDA Produce Safety Rule, wine sampling and sales at markets, insurance requirements for vendors and the markets and updates on Iowa's Double Up Food Bucks Programs!

A full article over the workshop can be found on Morning Ag Clips here.

More information including the full agenda and registration form can be found on the IFMA website. Questions can also be directed to IDALS State Horticulturist, Paul Ovrom, at or 515-242-6239.