[Market-farming] Market-farming GAP

road's end farm organic101 at linkny.com
Fri Sep 15 19:54:12 EDT 2006

On Sep 15, 2006, at 1:58 PM, nancy a parker wrote:

> Will these rules apply to the Farm Market producers also? \Our market
> just got in the WIC program so I assume certification will be required?
> Nancy, Sulphur Hill Farm garden
> _______________________________________________

The WIC program (I think you mean the FMNP coupons, which at least in 
New York are available both through WIC and to many senior citizens) is 
a different sort of thing entirely. As far as I know GAP certification 
isn't required for this, or for any farmer's market sales.

I coordinate FMNP for our market, and am on New York's Ag and Market 
mailing list for this; so I think I would know if they were requiring 
it. I'll post on the list (after I bounce off the ceiling) if they tell 
me it's necessary.

That said, wash your hands and test your produce wash water. It's a 
good idea.

Sure wish I had some spinach to sell right now -- it would be a great 
chance for one version of the why-to-buy-locally-grown rap. Somebody 
somewhere in the mass market food system didn't wash their hands or 
didn't test the wash water and now there are people sick in eight 
states and the headlines are telling everybody not to eat bagged 
spinach. They don't know where the contaminated spinach came from, at 
least so far; only organic growers have to do audit trail. (Sigh.)

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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