Farmers Market Food Safety
With the continued popularity of eating healthy, access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other freshly made products is more popular than ever. Farmers' markets are attracting more customers -- and vendors. Ensuring food safety at farmers' markets is an important responsibility of the vendors.
Through a combination of videos and reading, this course focuses on teaching new and established farmers' market vendors the basics of food safety and sanitation.
Food safety begins at product harvest, and continues through processing, preparation, transportation, and point of sale. In this course, you will learn about controlling food safety risks from "farm to fork." The topics covered include: equipping food-safe facilities; sourcing and purchasing ingredients; product handling and preparation; sales and service at the farmers' market; and record keeping, traceability, and liability.
Printable handouts to help control risk from farm to fork are included including: biological contaminants, manual cleaning, types of cleaners, types of soil, solubility characteristics, and recommended cleaning procedures, hand-washing, good sanitary practices, and food cooking requirements. A useful Event Checklist is also provided to help you, as a vendor, prepare for and set up your farmer's market stand.
- Existing farmers' markets vendors
- Those interested in becoming a vendor
- Potential risks related to food safety at farmers' markets beginning at the harvest through sale of the food product
- How to equip and operate food safe facilities
- How to source and purchase ingredients
- Proper handling and preparation of food
- Safe on-site handling, service, and sales of the food products
- What is needed for proper record keeping, and food or ingredient traceability
- Potential liability issues.
Some courses also provide credits that can go towards professional certifications. None of the online courses offer credits that can go on a college transcript.
Please refer to the course description to learn if a specific course offers certificates and/or credits towards professional certification.
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