Shop Smart at Farmers' Markets
l Buy only the amount you and your family can use in a short period of time.
l Look for produce that’s not rotten!
l Handle produce gently to reduce bruising. Bacteria can thrive in the bruised areas. And, if you do beat it up, you better buy it. Don't leave that mess for someone else.
l When buying cut produce, keep it cold during transport. You can throw it in your beer cooler.
l Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before handling produce. Since most farmers markets are outdoors with few facilities, maybe think about some hand sanitizer. Bath and Body Works has some killer flavors. B&BW: you're welcome.
l Wash all fruits and vegetables with cool running tap water right before eating. Don't use dish soap or detergent because the FDA hasn’t approved or labeled these products for use on foods. Once dish soap and detergent manufacturers have better lobbyists, the FDA will approve it.
l 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, said no woman ever.
l Cut away bruised parts before eating. This was caused by someone mishandling the produce and then leaving it there for you instead of buying it themselves.
l 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). Or, just don't cut it up until you get home.
l Store produce in containers that are free from excess liquid. No baby pools at the farmers market.
l Refrigerate cut produce and use within a few days. If you can't eat a whole cut up melon or something, then refer to first rule. Don't buy it.