CSA Farm Veggie Protocol

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4 Updates for Farm Veggie Boxes

FAQ  Summer 2020

1. FREE Delivery to your door – yes.

2. Contactless – yes.

3. Safety – yes.

4. Home Garden Support – yes.

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Are food deliveries and groceries safe during pandemic? Yes, experts say.  First, the good news: The virus is not likely to be transmitted by food itself.


1. FREE Delivery to your door – yes.

Farm Box CSA Delivery is Allowed.  Source.

There are many exceptions to the “shelter in place” order, allowing residents to leave their homes. Those essential actions include obtaining groceries, medication, outdoor exercise and work-related responsibilities. Restaurants will also still be able to offer takeout and delivery services, but dine-in services must cease.

FREE contactless delivery to your outside door, with a courtesy text alert upon delivery.


 

2. Contactless – yes.

Online food delivery ‘one of the only winners’ in outbreak Source.

Contactless convenient deliveries assures your farm veggie box is left on a porch or at a doorstep. Please tape cash or check to front door or other. You receive a courtesy text alert when your farm veggie box has been delivered.

Crowds full of people that can cough or sneeze or spread their germs on grocery carts and checkout lines. That’s part of why social distancing has been encouraged and part of the reason grocery box stores can be a problem.


3. Safety – yes.

The good news about food safety and coronavirus: It’s the same advice we’ve known all along. Source

UGA Center for Food Safety  – Update on Farm Veggies
“There is a very slim chance or almost none that the virus is going to be present in the food. There is no evidence it is transmitted through fresh produce,” he adds. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia. “We’re quickly trying to respond.” He notes that a virologist on staff is working on gathering data specific to the coronavirus.

 

Cook Food – to the proper temperature.

“The virus is very sensitive to cooking,” Diez-Gonzalez says. “Heat is going to kill it very easily.” Use a digital thermometer, and check against the government’s safe minimum cooking temperature chart. The transmission through foods is not possible if the foods are cooked properly since coronaviruses are inactivated by heat.   Source.

 

Home Prep – Farm Veggie Safety

Wash your veggies, white vinegar rinse is optional.
Cleaning surfaces is also important. “As with any food safety measures, you should always wash your hands before, during, and after food preparation and before you eat any foods,” Ilic said. “Additionally, you should be sure to carefully wash any surfaces used for food preparation.”  Source

The virus is NOT likely to be transmitted by food itself.

Are food deliveries and groceries safe during pandemic? Yes, experts say.  First, the good news: The virus is not likely to be transmitted by food itself, said Dr. Ian Williams, chief of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which investigates foodborne and waterborne illnesses.

Digestive Science – on Virus and our Windpipe

Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If, however, virus enters your windpipe through nose or mouth and then into the lungs, that’s very dangerous. So, even if you did eat food with the virus, there are not many receptors in the digestive track for the virus to cling to, so swallowing the virus would not likely lead to contracting the illness.In other words, your digestive system would get rid of it, Williams said. Drink fresh water often.

Packaging – Whole Farm Foods

“While it’s possible that the virus gets deposited [on packaging] we have no indication from epidemiology or the literature that this is a risk factor for Covid-19 or other respiratory illnesses,” Chapman said. The US Food and Drug Administration echoed that sentiment, saying on its website that it’s not aware of any reports suggesting Covid-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.

USDA  – Farm Veggie Safety

There have been no reports of this food contamination with coronavirus. As of this time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is unaware of any instances suggesting that coronavirus, COVID-19, has been transmitted by foods. This includes meats, fruits, and vegetables. Moreover, the USDA has created a website dedicated to answering questions regarding food, food safety, and COVID-19.

US Dept. of Agriculture – Food Safety for Coronavirus

Q: Are food products produced in the United States a risk for the spread of COVID-19?

  • A: There is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19.

Q: Can I become sick with coronavirus (COVID-19) from food?

  • A: We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.

Bottom Line – Whole Farm Veggie Food Safety

The bottom line, experts said, is that there is an extremely low risk of contracting coronavirus from the food supply. Source     (especially unprepared whole farm harvest.)

4. Home Garden Support – yes.

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Summer 2020 Season


Strawberries          Apples         Grapes         Grapefruit


Pears                  Pomegranate               Kale            Lettuce               Beans           Ginger

 

Broccoli       Cauliflower    Cabbage     Sweet Collard Sprouts


Carrots      Radishes          Sweet Potatoes      White Potatoes     Garlic


Onions   Colored Sweet Bell Peppers     Squash      Tomatoes

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