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Coffee Club: Do You Trust Food From the Farmer's Market?

Part of the fun of the farmer's market can be getting to know the farmers. But chatting up vendors can also be a good opportunity to verify the freshness and safety of produce.
Part of the fun of the farmer's market can be getting to know the farmers. But chatting up vendors can also be a good opportunity to verify the freshness and safety of produce.

Ask how long they've been farming, where the farm is located, and when fruits and vegetables were harvested.

The Alliance for Food and Farming recommends asking vendors to clarify and confirm statements like "certified organic," and "pesticide free." and ask what kinds of food safety precautions take place on the farm, and also when transporting the goods.

Wash fruits and vegetables under running water before eating, cutting or cooking.

The FDA doesn't recommend washing with soap, detergent or commercial produce washes.

Refrigerate cut or peeled fruits and vegetables within two hours of preparation.

So, do you trust food from the farmer's market?

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