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Peddling Your Pickles Safely? Workshops scheduled

Do you make crisp tasty dill pickles? Do your friends rave about your homemade salsa? Have you thought about marketing your home-canned products at a farmers’ market?

If so, the “Peddling Your Pickles Safely?” workshop is for you. At the workshop you will learn about the requirements of Minnesota’s “Pickle Bill” legislation. The workshops will be held on April 5, at Cabela’s in Rogers, and May 7, at Midtown Square (3333 West Division Street) in St. Cloud. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This legislation set the guidelines for the sale of home-canned acidified foods, such as pickles, salsas, or pickled vegetables at farmers’ markets or community events.

The workshop will address food safety from harvest to process, acid levels of produce and pH testing, operational guidelines for the sale of pickled products in Minnesota, labeling, home processing and equipment, and kitchen sanitation.

The program is sponsored by the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (MFVGA), University of Minnesota Extension, and USDA-Risk Management Agency.

Conducting the workshop will be University of Minnesota Extension educators in food safety. Registration fee is $40.

For registration information, visit the MFVGA’S website at www.mfvga.org, OR call MFVGA at (763) 434-0400.

Source: Debbie Botzek-Linn, Extension food safety educator.