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      Farmer's Market vendors becoming food smart

      Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services conducted a Farmer's Market Workshop in Kirksville Monday.

      Missouri Health Officials are making sure certain items will be safe at this summer's Farmer's Market in Kirksville.

      The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services conducted a workshop at the Missouri Department of Conservation Office in Kirksville Monday for producers and vendors of foods sold at Farmer's Markets.

      The workshop focused on subjects such as regulations and exemptions, safety, the importance of handwashing, serving samples and processing of non-exempt foods.

      Health officials just want vendors to become more food smart and have a better understanding of where the items come from.

      "If it's got a label on it that says La Plata and I'm in from a neighboring county, I'm going to call The Health Department to ask about the producer, and if are they approved to sell whatever that has to be," said Ellen Dettman, Manager of Retail Food at The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

      About 40 people attended the workshop.

      The season's first farmer's market on the Downtown Kirksville Square will take place the first Saturday in May.