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State cerifies Copiah County Farmers Market

The Copiah County Farmers Market was inspected by Mike Holmes of The Mississippi Certified Farmers Market on Saturday, June 23, 2012 and passed inspection.  This brings benefits to the farmers such as free membership, promotional assistance with advertising specific to each market, tax exemption status on most items, and supplies such as logo stickers, pricing cards, and signage, as well as website links.   The certification also allows vendors to sell home baked goods and home canned goods that are prepared in their home kitchens with the proper food safety certification.
The Mississippi Certified Farmers Market program is a voluntary branding program, created and administered by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce to promote and identify a market place for Mississippi grown fruits, vegetables, plant materials, and other products made and/or processed in the state.  This program is designed for authentic farmers markets that have become so important to the preservation and promotion of Mississippi agriculture. Being a Mississippi Certified Farmers Market means being recognized as offering the highest quality products in the marketplace; and connecting farmers, consumers, growing seasons, the community, and providing support for the number one industry in the state: Agriculture! (Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce).

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