[Market-farming] Market-farming GAP

Tradingpost tradingpost at lobo.net
Sat Sep 16 11:20:50 EDT 2006


It appears the problem is in bagging moist greens in airtight bags, an
obvious invitation to pathogen growth, rather than safe use of manure in
the field. 

paul tradingpost at lobo.net
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. 
--Henry David Thoreau 
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On 9/15/2006 at 7:54 PM road's end farm wrote:

>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
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>
>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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