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Category: 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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Guide and worksheets for direct marketing growers to self-assess and improve their food safety practices.
Two page PDF of food safety tips for consumers shopping at the farmers market
Chapter 9 of the Washington State Farmers Market Association Toolkit, focused on Food Safety
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.
This Growers Guide PDF-formatted manual was funded by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, developed by Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska in partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs. It contains a history/background of Nebraska farmers markets, along with farmers market rules, regulations, direct-to-consumer information, suggestions for displays, signage, pricing, proper methods of sale, permits, hygiene, and other resources.
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.
A booklet outlining food safety at farmers markets prepared by N.J. Department of Agriculture and N.J. Department of Health
Minimum Food Safety Requirements for Product Sales for Farm Markets and Community Farmers’ Markets