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Kentucky Proud produce growers, buyers invited to Nov. 8 meeting in Lexington


Event intended to enable participants to look for business opportunities


FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 16, 2017) — Kentucky Proud fruit and vegetable producers and buyers are invited to a meeting Nov. 8 aimed at helping participants make connections that will generate business opportunities.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EST at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington. The meeting is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association.

“The Kentucky Proud program brings people together to form mutually beneficial partnerships that increase sales and create jobs,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We encourage Kentucky Proud members to take advantage of this opportunity to meet face to face and look for ways that they can work together.”

The meeting is targeted to fruit and vegetable producers looking to sell their products wholesale in any quantities. Invited buyers include representatives of Kroger, Houchens, Walmart, Whole Foods, Good Foods Co-op, Fresh Thyme, ValuMarket, Piazza Produce, Creation Gardens, Crosset Company, and processors seeking local products. The program includes producer training and market and production news from Tim Woods, John Strang, and Bryan Brady of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Lunch will be provided for participants who pre-register.

Buyers may pre-register by contacting Roger Snell, farm-to-retail liaison for the KDA, at Farmers may pre-register by contacting Joel Wilson of the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association at (606) 305-8762.