The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has come up with a novel way to feed and entertain the people attending the APAS midterm meeting in Saskatoon. Most meetings have a banquet with a speaker and/or entertainment in the evening. Instead of a sit-down banquet, APAS delegates, speakers and guests will each receive coupons worth $25 so they can sample and enjoy a variety of food items prepared by the Saskatoon Farmers Market. There will also be unique entertainment for the evening. A banquet at a hotel typically costs more than $25. By partnering with the Saskatoon Farmers Market in this novel approach, a lot of dollars will go directly into the pockets of producers. And rather than sitting in a meeting room on a spring evening, participants will be able to mingle and visit as they sample locally grown food. The event is Wednesday, June 24 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at the Saskatoon Farmers Market. Individual passes are available for purchase at a cost of $25. Anyone interested should check out the APAS website at www.apas.ca. Click on the link for the 2009 midterm meeting. Maybe this approach will catch on for all sorts of meetings that occur in any city or town with a farmers market. I’m Kevin Hursh.

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Kevin Hursh, PAg, CAC