2012-04-19 / Outdoors

Manistique Farmers’are entering the conservation,Marketwildlife Pistolpre-club. season information session April 25th at MHS

Cottage foods, samples at farmer’s markets, and general market information will be the topics at a class on Wednesday, April 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Manistique High School Community Room for current and potential farmers and vendors of the Manistique Farmers’ Market. The class will provide:

•Michigan’s Cottage Food Industry Law - to help all vendors and interested vendors of Cottage Foods to be certain that their foods are on the approved list and that they are following all labeling and food preparation guidelines before they get to the market.

•Department of Agriculture Food Sampling at Farmers’ Markets - the Michigan Department of Agriculture has specific guidelines for any vendor providing samples at a farmers’ market. MDA information will be provided.

•Manistique Farmers’ Market 2012 - The Market is implementing the first year of the two-year USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program grant awarded to the city late in 2011. Information about the changes as they relate to farmers and vendors will be provided, along with the 2012 MFM Handbook and Vendor Agreement form.

There is no cost to attend the class, but registrations are required. Call (906) 450-4240 or email ManistiqueFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

Additional information about the Manistique Farmers’ Market can always be found at Manistique- FarmersMarket.com.

In addition, the chapter donated $5,000 for the development of an archery range at Central Park in Manistique, and purchased bows, arrows and targets for the archery program at Manistique High School.

For two years running, U.P. Whitetails has contributed $1,500 toward the coyote bounty program to help control the predators here in the county.

Plans are now in progress for the organization’s annual banquet, which is set for the last Saturday in September.

The event has been well received by local sportsmen and women, with just over 400 people on the waiting list to buy tickets to the dinner, which is the main fund-raiser for the organization.

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