They must pay a higher percentage of their sales than big farms to do it, but small produce growers eventually end up with more money in their pockets if they implement food safety practices.

The big produce operations can’t always meet commodity demands, making regional buys a key part of
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No one wants customers to get sick. That was the message that University of Vermont Extension food safety specialist Londa Nwadike used to start off her recent webinar presentation about food safety tips for farmers market vendors and managers. With an eye toward the benefits of following good food safety
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For large farming operations, food safety audits are commonplace. Many buyers require them before purchasing produce. However, small farms are rarely inspected by auditors, because the cost of implementing a safety plan can be too expensive.

That’s where Bridging the GAPs – a program designed to help small and mid-sized
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