Farmers Market Food Safety

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

Sarah Kaye visits local farmers markets at least once a week.
She says she trusts the products but she always takes extra precaution once she gets it home.

"We always wash them good."

Kaye says when it comes to tomatoes, there's a method to her washing.

"I just wash one at a time of the tomatoes as we use them."

John Aplin with Aplin Farms says he also takes steps to make sure his product is clean and safe.

"Most produce when it's washed, its washed with in chlorinated water, either with some chlorine or a little bit of bleach added."

It's then stored in a cool room to keep bacteria away.

Also when it comes to food safety, Aplin says transporting and packaging are also important."

"Cardboard boxes and if it's a wet product, a wax box."

Aplin says selling good produce is his number one concern.

"It's 100 % important to us, because i can't afford to sell you a product that's not safe because on occurrence of any food borne illness is related back to my farm or me is the end of us."

Aplin says if you really want to ensure that your food is safe, just simply wash it when you get home.

Aplin suggests you add a cap full of bleach to a sink of water to wash your produce.

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