Category: Food Safety and Handling

Farmers Market Food Safety

Food Safety and Handling

Penn State Extension online course aims to educate farmers market vendors on food safety

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new Penn State Extension online course can help farmers market vendors advance their knowledge of food safety practices and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

The “Farmers Market Food Safety” course teaches 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.

The goal of the training is to provide insight into the regulations that apply to farmers markets vendors — depending on what type of product they sell — and some simple strategies to meet those regulations.

The curriculum was developed based on the findings of an innovative five-year study conducted by Penn State food scientists, the results of which show that improvements can be made regarding food safety at farmers markets.

Participants will learn about controlling food safety risks from “farm-to-fork” on topics such as 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 and an event checklist also are provided.

To register, visit https://extension.psu.edu/farmers-market-food-safety-online.

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EDITORS: For more information, contact Martin Bucknavage at 814-867-1839 or mwb124@psu.edu.

Published August 22, 2019 Publisher Website Webinar

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has made available food safety resources for temporary food service vendors.

Links include the Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture’s Guidelines for Farmers Markets, a UNL Food Processing Center report on Farmers Market Food Safety, and the NebGuide G1706 Food Safety for Farmers Markets.

Access these helpful resources on this UNL Food webpage.

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North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association Resources

Farm Business and Marketing | Food Safety and Handling | Market Start-up and Development

The NDFMGA has compiled extensive lists of resources for farmers markets, producers/growers, community, and other useful links.

Farmers Market Resources include:

  • Marketing Toolkit for Farmers Markets and Vendors

  • 2010 Market Exploration Grant Final Results

  • Best Practices for Food Sampling at Farmers Markets

  • Color Combinations for Signs and Banners

  • Guide to Food Handling

  • Guide to Starting your own farmers market

  • Ideas for cooing demonstrations at the farmers market

  • Letter visibility chart for signs and banners

  • ND Farm to Market Guide

  • ND market pricing study 2011

  • Organic Labeling at Farmers Markets

  • Starting a new farmers market management guide

  • ND State Health Department ruling on selling home preserved items.

Check out these resources and more! 

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Farm Business and Marketing | Food Safety and Handling | Management and Operations

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Farm Business and Marketing | Food Safety and Handling

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