We have a number of programs available and in development for local food at Purdue Extension. The Educators in your local County Extension Office will be able to connect you with these Purdue Resources.
Farmers Market Certificate
This program covers multiple aspects of a successful farmers market for both market managers and market vendors. Content of the course includes market regulations, food safety, liability, sustaining a stable market, food assistance programs, and conflict management. This program promotes networking and follows outline of our Market Manager Toolkit and Market Vendor Toolkit publications.
Farm to School
FoodLink is an easy-to-use, produce database that delivers useful information regarding preparation and storage of different items, as well as nutrition facts, selection tips, food pairings, and background information. The database can be accessed online or by scanning the QR codes at farmers markets with a smartphone. If you are looking for information about a specific fruit or vegetable, simply click on the respective tab at the top of the website, and select the item you’re looking for. If you’re having trouble finding it, you can use the drop-down menus on the top right side of the page to organize the selections alphabetically.
Safe Produce Indiana
Safe Produce Indiana serves fruit and vegetable growers and consumers in the state by educating them about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. In order to achieve this goal, we have gathered together resources that address the FDA, the FSMA, the Produce Safety Rule, the Produce Safety Alliance, water safety and compliance training.