Fresh Produce Food Safety Practices for Direct Market Farms

September 8, 2010 from 5 - 7pm
Cedar Circle Farm East Thetford, VT

This workshop will focus on practical steps that can be taken by diversified direct market farms seeing to reduce risks associated with fresh produce, without necessarily meeting the requrements of a GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) audit. Kate Duesterberg and Will Allen run Cedar Circle Farm, which has about 40 acres of organic vegetables and small fruits, as well as several high tunnels of tomatoes and other crops. Most of their fresh produce is washed and/or packed on the farm for retail sale at the farm stand and for some local wholesale markets. There is also a substantial PYO operation for strawberries, blueberries and pumpkins. In recent years the farm has made many improvements to its produce handling systems with an eye to assuring food safety. These include: creating a farm food safety plan with specific operating procedures, pouring a slab for a well-organized washing area, installing series of three, 3-bay stainless steel washing stations for mulitple rinsing, testing their wash water, and regular washing of picking and packing containers.

Directions to Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center: From I-91 take Exit 14 for Thetford. Turn east on Highway 113 and go one mile to village of East Thetford and intersection of Route 5. Turn right (south) on Route 5. Just past the Mobil station, bear left at the Cedar Circle Farm sign onto Pavillion Road. Cross the railroad tracks, go 1/4 mile, and the farm is on the left.

Parking: Please park across the road so as not to take parking space for the farm stand customers.

Questions?  Vern Grubinger 802-257-7967 x303 or Dave Rogers 802-434-4122

Sponsored by: University of Vermont Extension, the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, Vermont Organic Farmers / NOFA-VT, and the Risk Management Agency, which provides sound risk management solutions for farmers, see: Additional support provided by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture specialty crops program.

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