This section is for fruit and vegetable farmers who sell
direct to the final consumer at farm stands, farmers markets, through Community
Supported Agriculture (CSA), or other arrangements. Learn about and adopt good
agricultural practices that fit your operation. Whether your farm is small or
large, grows one or many crops, sells strictly at markets, or has u-pick on the
farm, there are practical ways to reduce the risk of selling contaminated
The first step is to learn about risks and recommended
Then, take that information back to the farm and assess your
operation from head to toe. Identify what you need to change, make a plan, and
follow through. Stay informed so that your farm can stay current with best
practices as new information and technology become available. Food safety is just
like production techniques, pest management, and marketing methods: you need to
adjust all of these practices regularly to improve the farm.
To learn more, explore the resources below or the resources and FAQ's from
the Topics menu.
Food Safety Begins on the Farm, from the National GAPs Program.
Food Safety Begins on the Farm, A Grower Self-Assessment of Food Safety Risks, from the National GAPs Program.