Whatever role you serve at your farmers market, we know that you are not only dedicated to ensuring shoppers have access to delicious, locally grown food and other high-quality products, but that shoppers and the products they purchase are safe. Whether that’s through proper food labeling, temperature-controlled storage, or safe food sampling, it’s important to educate yourself regarding state-specific food safety guidelines and best practices. To learn more, check out the resources listed below!
- Setting Up a Handwashing Station – This video walks through the easiest way to create an on-site handwashing station. A must if you plan to provide samples to your customers!
- When to Use your Handwashing Station – An excellent reminder of when and how to your handwashing station at the farmers market.
- How to Build a Ware Washing Station – If you will be preparing samples at the farmers market you will need to set up a ware washing station for your utensils. This video walks through the process of building that station.
- What a Should be on a Cottage Food Label? – Although this video was created to help educate consumers, it also lays out all of the elements that need to be included in a proper cottage food label.
- Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Farmers Market Food Safety Resources – Resources provided by the Department to help educate farmers and vendors on food safety at farmers markets.
- Safe Food Sampling Guidelines – MDARD’s comprehensive guidelines for providing safe food samples to your customers.
- Providing Safe Food Samples at the Farmers Market – A condensed checklist of MDARD’s Safe Food Sampling Guidelines that can be brought to the market with you!
- Safe Food Sampling Packing List – This document outlines the items required in MDARD’s Safe Food Sampling Guidelines and has incorporated them into a simple packing list.
- 2018 Safe Food Sampling Webinar – This webinar walks you through important safe food sampling guidelines with the help of an MDARD inspector and experienced vendors. These experts also helped to answer questions from participants and provided specific examples to complement the guidelines.