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
You will learn how to:
- evaluate potential risks related to food safety at farmers' markets from harvest through sale of the food product
- equip and operate food safe facilities
- source and purchase ingredients
- handle and prepare food properly
- identify on-site food safety procedures
- know what is needed for proper record keeping, and food or ingredient traceability
- recognize potential liability issues.
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