You’re in for a treat when the Farmers’ Market at the Commons Mall in Federal Way opens on May 7, 2016. It’s going to be a fun experience as long as you understand how Farmers Market works and how to shop there safely. A lot of people will be there walking around and gathering local fruits and vegetables together, making it a good place to be part of a community. To make your experience even better, keep your safety in mind to avoid going to a Federal Way Urgent Care Clinic.
Benefits of Going to a Farmers’ Market
The produce at a Farmers’ Market are fresher as not only they’re grown organically, they also came straight from local farms. This means that they didn’t have to be shipped from far away and possibly sustain damage during the long, arduous journey to the market shelves. Because they’re fresher, they’re healthier and taste better as well. Shopping at a Farmers’ Market also gives you a chance to get to know your community and the people in it better also. You can mingle with your neighbors and talk to local farmers and vendors. Moreover, walking around Farmers’ Market lets you exercise those legs while getting nutrients from the early morning sun.
Safe Shopping Tips
Because the produce are sold outdoors, they might be exposed to contaminants that could make you and your family sick. So, before consuming any of the goods you bought, don’t forget to wash them properly. Use warm water and soap to wash your hands before and after handling the produce and then rinse them under running water. Avoid using soap, detergent, or other commercial produce cleansers. Doing these will help you avoid food-borne illnesses caused by Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, among other contaminants.
Next, determine whether the vendors are complying with food safety guidelines. Check if the stalls are clean and that they dispose of the garbage properly. The use of proper utensils and gloves when handling the produce is an indicator that vendors are keeping their goods safe and clean.
Last but not the least, come prepared. Dress comfortably and avoid shoes that could trip you and sprain your ankle. Bring an umbrella as well for protection from the sun or rain.
Knowing the benefits you can get from the Farmers’ Market and how to shop there safely will give you a better and more fulfilling experience. In case of sickness, injury, or exhaustion from your trip, visit a provider of urgent care in Federal Way immediately.
Food Safety at the Farmer’s Market, foodsafety.gov
10 Tips for Shopping at Local Farmers’ Markets, moneycrashers.com
Why Is it Important to Wash Vegetables Before Eating Them?, livestrong.com