Farmers markets have become increasingly popular across the country and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports a continuing growth and demand for these markets. The same popularity has been observed in Massachusetts. Along with their rising popularity, there has been an increase in the variety of products sold. This training will focus on farmers markets that sell products other than whole, uncut fresh fruits and vegetables and includes a number of guides and other resources. Local boards of health (LBOH) should identify all farmers markets in their communities and work in partnership with vendors to ensure safe food handling practices and compliance with all applicable Massachusetts food regulations.
Before you begin this training, you should have completed Food Protection Programs for Massachusetts Regulators.
After completing this training, you will be able to:
- Define farmers markets according to Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR) policy
- List the five fruits and vegetables that are associated with the majority of all produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S.
- Classify farm products into one of three categories - permit required, permit not required, or exempt from permit
- Describe four LBOH functions to ensure farmers markets are in compliance with Massachusetts food regulations
- Summarize seven key food safety parameters for farmers markets
- Choose the appropriate LBOH enforcement action when given example situations