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NWREC will host a 'Field-to-Market' workshop series for farmers interested in producing farm-direct, value-added products.

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 - he North Willamette Research and Extension Center will host a "Field-to-Market" workshop series for farmers interested in producing farm-direct, value-added products.The OSU Extension Service in Aurora is accepting registrations for the first in a series of workshops titled "Field-to-Market," aimed at farmers and market managers interested in producing and selling farm-direct, value-added products, like jams and jellies, fruit syrups, salsa, pickles, sauerkraut, and others.

Field-to-Market is a series of five workshops, including "Essentials," and four hands-on, specialty workshops titled "Acidified Foods," "Dehydrated Foods," "Fermented Foods" and "High Acid Foods."

The workshops are facilitated by content experts, who can deliver factual information, and trained master food preserver volunteers, who provide opportunities to practice research-based food preservation techniques.

The Essentials workshop serves as a prerequisite for the specialty workshops. Topics to be covered include recipe selection, state regulations, production costs, processing techniques, labeling requirements, licensing and pricing.

It is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the North Willamette Research & Extension Center in Aurora.

The registration fee of $25 for an individual or $40 per couple includes snacks and resources to take home. Pre-registration is required.

To register visit http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/field-market, or for more information, contact Heidi Noordijk at 971-801-0392 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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