Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Food safety certification course offered



March 3, 2014

Food safety certification course offered to potential on-farm food entrepreneurs
DOVER – Agricultural entrepreneurs who want to produce certain foods in their on-farm kitchens can receive food safety training and become certified under Delaware law at an upcoming workshop jointly sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
The eight-hour program presented by Dr. Sue Snider of the University of Delaware will take place March 29 at the Department of Agriculture offices near Camden, 2320 South DuPont Highway. The class will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants should arrive by 7:45 for registration and bring a bagged lunch.
Register by March 14 by contacting Debra Whitmore at debra.whitmore@state.de.us or 302-698-4540.
Participants will learn how to identify potentially hazardous and non-potentially hazardous foods; understand foodborne pathogens and ways to control them; reduce the risk of foodborne illness; evaluate their plan for controlling potential microbial problems; and understand state regulations on farm-produced, non-potentially hazardous food items.
Those items include such things as baked breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, non-chocolate candy, jellies, jams, preserves, marmalades, fruit butters, fruit pies, herbs in vinegar, honey and herb mixtures, dried fruit and vegetables, spices or herbs, maple syrup, sorghum, popcorn, caramel corn, peanut brittle and roasted nuts.
The training, certification and inspections of farm kitchens are required under Delaware regulations adopted in 2006, and apply to farmers who wish to process non-potentially hazardous foods in their on-farm home kitchens for sale to the public at DDA-listed farmers’ markets, on their farm or at a roadside stand on or near their farm. On-farm kitchens will be inspected by appointment after participants complete the training and pass a written test.
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Nancy Gainer, University of Delaware, 302-831-2501 (office), ngainer@udel.edu
Dan Shortridge, Delaware Department of Agriculture, 302-698-4520 (office), daniel.shortridge@state.de.us

Monday, March 03, 2014

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Monday Night The Delmar Delaware Mayor and Council meeting

UPdate:  Meeting Cancelled due to weather To be rescheduled later

Sussex County Press Release

Due to the forecasted major winter storm, all Sussex County government offices will be closed Monday, March 3.

Major winter storm could bring foot of snow, thin coat of ice to Sussex County

Heavy snow, 15-25 mph winds, bitter temperatures expected throughout and after event

FOR IMMEDIATE 1200 Hours, Sunday

RELEASE March 2, 2014

Sussex County is bracing for potentially its biggest bout of winter weather so far this year, as a major, late-season storm is forecast to bring a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet to the region late this evening before transitioning overnight to all snow, which could measure a foot when all is said and done.

While temperatures today could push into the upper 50s, an approaching cold front will usher in much colder air, while a storm that drenched parts of the West Coast last week will sweep in to provide the moisture ingredient for a largely snow event. A winter storm warning is in effect for Sussex County until 6 p.m. Monday, March 3.

National Weather Service forecasters predict heavy snowfall rates, with accumulations ranging anywhere from 6 to 14 inches, depending on location, across Sussex County. Meantime, gusty winds up to 30 mph, particularly along the coast, and some minor flooding are possible. Unseasonably cold temperatures, with daytime highs in the upper 20s and overnight lows in the single digits, will make it feel like spring is well more than three weeks away.

“As much as we would all like to put this winter behind us, Mother Nature apparently isn’t finished just yet. And based on the forecast, it looks like the best – or worst, as it were – may have been saved for the last act,” said Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joseph Thomas. “The public should closely monitor this developing situation, and use the time today to make any last-minute preparations for their properties and their families.”

Basic household supplies to have on hand include extra food and water, first-aid supplies, flashlights and batteries, a battery-powered weather radio, extra prescription medicines, baby items, an emergency heat source and sufficient heating fuel. While travel during the storm and immediately afterward is strongly discouraged, motorists should be prepared with certain essentials, including ice scrapers, blankets, sand or cat litter, de-icer, flashlights and batteries, mobile telephones, high-calorie non-perishable food and water, and a full tank of gas.

The Sussex County EOC continues to monitor forecasts and is working closely with other local and state governmental agencies. EOC staff is on standby, and further updates will be issued, as needed.

For the latest on road closures, visit the Delaware Department of Transportation website at www.deldot.gov. To view a map of power outages, visit Delmarva Power at www.delmarva.com and the Delaware Electric Cooperative at www.delaware.coop.

For updates on the storm or any emergency response, stay tuned to local media outlets, and be sure to follow the County’s