What do you get when you cross a pumpkin with a fresh apple? It’s not a pum-ple or an app-kin, it’s cross-contamination! Maybe that was a corny joke, but you get the point - fall is a bountiful and beautiful time on the farm, but food safety concerns could still become a serious issue for farms that grow both covered and excluded produce. There’s no need to start worrying about a haunted farm, though. Pathogens might be invisible to the naked eye, but they’re no ghosts, either. Simple food safety considerations will help avoid cross-contamination, keep consumers safe, and prevent agritourism events from getting spooky.
Autumn is often ripe with farm favorites: apples, beets, pumpkins, sweetcorn, brussels sprouts, carrots, winter squash… you get the idea. Some of these crops are covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, and are subject to the Rule’s standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding those crops safely.