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Post Harvest Handling for Improved Quality – Eastern Shore
November 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The economic success of fruit and vegetable production is highly dependent on postharvest quality preservation. When marketing fresh fruits and vegetables, understanding the processes affecting product quality during storage and transportation is essential to obtaining a premium price and maintaining long-term buyer relationships.
This full-day workshop is intended for growers who are interested in learning more about handling fresh fruits and vegetables once they have been harvested. It is geared toward producers currently selling into wholesale markets, farmers markets, roadside stands and CSAs, or to those entering wholesale markets for the first time. Growers will learn practical ways to meet industry quality standards related to harvest techniques, packing, grading, pack size, packaging, and shelf-life. Participants will be provided with tools that can contribute to wholesale and retail success, including a few useful giveaways, thanks to our partnering sponsor University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
We will begin with a classroom training portion at the Talbot Agriculture and Education Center (10659 Hiners Ln, Easton, MD 21601), and then move to Cottingham Farm (28038 Goldsborough Neck Rd, Easton, MD 21601) for the on-farm portion of the workshop.
This event is made possible through funding from Town Creek Foundation and USDA Rural Development.