New Food Safety Curriculum Gives Farmers Market Vendors Training Without Leaving the Farm

Four new online courses are being offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to provide science-based information on food safety liability risks at farmers markets. The Farmers Market Food Safety Training course gives vendors and farmers market managers good agricultural practices (GAP) for safe food production and handling specific to farmers markets, with a focus on specialty crop foods.
 
“It is critical for Iowa producers vending at farmers markets educate themselves about safe food practices. That’s why on-farm and at-the-market food safety training programs for farmers and market managers have been established by Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach,” said Angela Shaw, professor in food safety and program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
 
“One reason producers should invest time taking this free online class is to demonstrate their commitment to their customers,” said Shaw. “With the number of farmers markets and local food groups in Iowa continuing to grow, making food safe is more important than ever. Farmers market managers and producers can learn at their own pace conveniently, 24 hours/7 days a week, in the comforts of their home office.”
 
The new online series offers knowledge about farm-to-fork food safety and offers participants a certificate of completion suitable to display at their vendor’s booth or market stall. The food safety training is available in four online video modules including: Pre-Harvest, Post-Harvest, Marketing and Best Practices at the Market and Value Added Products. Note: This course is not a substitute for the full 8-hour GAP course that is recommended for farmers serving multiple venues and farmers market managers.
 
To register for one or all modules in the Farmers Market Food Safety Course, or for more information, go to www.safeproduce.cals.iastate.edu/training/.
 
The Farmers Market Food Safety Training materials were funded by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
 
Related publications:
On-farm Food Safety: Guide to Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/pm1974a-pdf
 
On-farm Food Safety: Cleaning and Sanitizing Guidehttps://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/pm1974c-pdf
 
On-farm Food Safety: Food Handling Guidehttps://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/pm1974b-pdf
 
What Producers Should Know About Selling to Local Foodservice Markets–  https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/What-Producers-Should-Know-A...

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