COVID-19 Health Standards
We are committed to doing everything possible to keep the health and safety of our staff, vendors, shoppers and community while still providing essential access to fresh and nutritious foods. Our team is working to assure we are always following best practices accordingly to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and local health officials.
To increase cleanliness, our staff
Our team is committed to providing access to the food and products the community needs during this unprecedented time. However, we take the health and safety of our staff, vendors and customers very seriously. In addition to the steps we have taken at our outdoor farmers market, when processing online orders we are following these guidelines.
✓ Our staff is required to wear protective masks and gloves when working.
✓ We continue to enhance our daily sanitation practices; sanitizing our hands and routinely disinfecting our workspace, including cleaning commonly touched surfaces according to CDC recommendations.
✓ Only one market staff member processes orders at a time, to allow for proper social distancing.
✓ Orders are processed in a certified commercial kitchen and stored in the proper setting to ensure maximum freshness including refrigeration.
To increase cleanliness, you should
You can take additional steps to protect yourself whenever bringing new groceries into your home.
Some people are recommending to wipe or wash cans and boxes of food before storing them to reduce possible virus content. When you’re done, wash any tables, countertops, or other surfaces that were touched by your groceries or grocery bags. And wash your hands frequently.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers advice for cleaning and disinfecting your home Trusted Source during the pandemic, including which cleaners work best against SARS-CoV-2.
As always, you should take care to wash your produce and other grocery items when you bring them back home with you.
Good Practice For Washing Produce
See additional FDA recommendations here.
1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.
2. If damage or bruising occurs before eating or handling, cut away the damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating.
3. Rinse produce BEFORE you peel it, so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.
4. Gently rub produce while holding under plain running water. There’s no need to use soap or a produce wash.
5. Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers.
6. Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.
7. Remove the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage.