Shop Smart at Farmers' Markets
Farmers' markets are a great way to get out in the community AND pick your own produce sourced from farms in the surrounding area.
Farmers' Markets in Our Area to Check Out!
Some helpful tips....
Buy only the amount you can use in a short period of time.
Clean produce with a wash formulated to remove pesticides and waxes....only wash produce right before you're about to use it to keep from spoiling quick
Scrub melons with a brush and running water, because bacteria can be transferred from the outside of the melon to the inside by a knife.
Look for produce that’s free from unusual odors or colors and signs of spoilage.
Handle produce gently to reduce bruising. Bacteria can thrive in the bruised areas.
When buying cut produce, keep it cold during transport.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before handling produce.
Cut away bruised parts before eating. Remove the outer leaves from lettuce and cabbage.
Keep fresh cut produce cold by placing serving containers on ice. Perishable food should spend no more than two hours in the "danger zone" (40 to 140oF).
Store produce in containers that are free from excess liquid.
Refrigerate cut produce and use within a few days.