Certified Roadside Farm Market enrollment period now open

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The season for roadside farm markets is far from over, but Kentucky Farm Bureau wants to help market owners get 2012 off to a great start – enrollment for the 2012 Certified Roadside Farm Market program is now open.

Established in July 1996, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market program began as an initiative to help farmers expand their roadside fruit and vegetable businesses into a destination that would attract consumers from across the Commonwealth. Since then, membership has grown to include farm enterprises like greenhouses, landscape nurseries, Christmas tree farms, vineyards/wineries, and meat/cheese farm markets.

Certified markets are identified by the program’s cornucopia logo and listed in the annual Certified Roadside Farm Market Directory. The program also provides collective advertising, promotional items, education tour opportunities, and other marketing benefits with the intent to increase the net farm income of member markets.

Market owners who enroll during the early registration period, October 1 through November 15, pay just $235 – a $75 savings off regular enrollment fees. Registration for regular enrollment in the program costs $310 per market and runs November 16 through December 31.

Enrollment applications must be postmarked by December 31 to guarantee a spot in the annual Membership Directory.

Applications are available on the Kentucky Farm Bureau web site, kyfb.com/roadside. For questions about enrollment, any of the benefits from participating in the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market program, or to request an application, contact Kara Keeton, Director of Commodity Marketing, at (502) 495-5106 or kkeeton@kyfb.com.