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A program will be held at the Clay County Extension Office on Friday, March 24, 9:00-1:00 to address issues involved with the production and marketing of value-added foods. We will discuss the process of obtaining certifications and permits so that vendors can process foods from home or commercial kitchens and sell in compliance with state and local regulations. Value-added foods include jellies, jams, baked foods, or any product that is not sold in it’s raw state or altered in any way. Speakers from the Clay County Department of Health, NC Dept. of Agriculture, and Extension will address these issues and answer questions.

There will also be an introduction to the newly formed Hayesville Farmer’s Market that will occur on Fridays, 2:00-6:00 p.m., on the Hayesville Town Square from May-September. Lunch will be provided by Carolina Farm Credit. There is no fee to attend, however, preregistration is required by contacting the Clay County Extension Office at 389-6305.