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MarketSafe is a food safety training program for farmers and producers, and this page contains videos that go over the basics of safe food handling practices, sprayer preparation, safe picking practices, water quality & testing, and food safety from the farm to table.
Selling fresh blueberries at the farm gate or farmers markets? Thinking of selling home-prepared blueberry products as well? Learn about the important food safety considerations for preparing, handling, and displaying your product.
- Fresh farm gate sales
- Farmers' market stands
- Small scale food processing (jams, vinegars, dried, frozen, etc)
- Other types of temporary food markets
For more information, contact Major Dhillon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MarketSafe is a food safety training program for farmers and producers who make, bake or grow products to sell at local farmers' markets, farm gates or other types of temporary food markets.
MarketSafe is an interactive classroom-based course facilitated by instructors certified by the Regional Health Authorities. Participants who successfully complete the MarketSafe course will receive a recognized MarketSafe Certificate of Completion and wallet card from the Health Authority in their area. Participants will take home the MarketSafe Student Workbook.
MarketSafe was developed by the BC FOODSAFE Secretariat in partnership with the BC Association of Farmers' Markets, and is supported by the Regional Health Authorities, the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.
Video 1: Going to Market
Want to know why it is important for all food handlers to learn and follow safe food handling practices? Need some tips on setting up a market stand?
Watch the video below to learn about getting your berries to market, how to set up a market stand, lunch areas and washrooms, personal hygiene and checklists.
Video 2: Sprayer Preparation
Want to know why it is important to calibrate your sprayer?
Watch the video below to learn more about calibrating your sprayer, chemical application equipment, pesticide application license labels, chemical storage and pesticide disposal, and record keeping.
Video 3: Safe Picking Practices
Want to better understand the important role of workers/pickers and buyers in keeping food safe?
Watch the videos below to learn more about food handling practices, washroom facilities, and personal hygiene.
Video 4: Water Quality
Want to better understand the importance of assessing and minimizing potential risk from a water source? Learn more about assessing water quality, testing water, and minimizing risks.
Video 5: Food Safety from Farm to Table
Want to better understand and be able to identify the basic principles of food safety for blueberries from growing to processing to the consumer?
Watch the videos below to learn more about food safety in the blueberry supply chain.