Shop Smart at Farmers' Markets

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It is That Time Again. Spring is in the Air! Shop Smart at Farmers' Markets

It is my favorite time of year. One thing I have learned is to buy only the amount you can use in a short period of time.

You should also look for produce that’s free from unusual odors or colors and signs of spoilage.

I handle all produce gently to reduce bruising. Bacteria can thrive in the bruised areas so it is important to look.at your produce.

 When buying cut produce, remember to keep it cold during transport.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before handling produce.

 Make sure you wash all fruits and vegetables with cool running tap water right before eating. Don't use dish soap or detergent you don't want it to taste like your laundry or dirty dishes in your sink because the FDA hasn’t approved or labeled these products for use on foods.

Always 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.

 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.

And one last thing, refrigerate cut produce and use within a few days.

I hope you enjoy our beautiful Spring weather ahead.

And last but not least remember to always eat your Vegetables and Fruit !!!