Welcome To Harvest Week 23, Third Week of Extended Season: Nov 12-16, 2013
Welcome to Harvest Week 23, Third Week of Extended Season
In Farm News this Week, Farmer John Shares Replies to his Food Safety Facebook Post
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Katherine – The veggies I get from you are already double washed??? I would never have known. Lol! (But I actually enjoy getting veggies with soil left over, it makes my heart happy.)
Lauren – Doesn’t washing make produce spoil more quickly? I don’t mind dirt on mine. I’m more concerned about the germs from the gloves themselves.
Kristin – Ridiculous. Sounds like another way to micro-manage what doesn’t need to be. According to the newsletter, the FDA itself predicts it will put small farmers out of business. I wish they’d just come out and say that that is their plan, because it’s not like we can’t read between the lines. Stay strong, organic farmers – as a 5th generation farmer and a former grocery store employee, I have seen both sides, and YOU are who I will support to the last!!
James – WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? Can you tell me that the box that the beets are in are organic? What about the PLASTIC BAG that the Organic beets came in? was this plastic, organic? There is soooooo much being missed, that it dosent matter who packed the beets
Angelic Organics – You are on the right track, James. Also, if you really scrutinize the organic guidelines, you can’t help but think that once the food is no longer in the possession of the certified organic farmer, once it gets into the possession of the non-certified organic consumer, it might no longer be organic. For instance, the farmer can’t mingle organic with non-organic, because the organic is then considered non-organic. But if the consumer has organic and non-organic together in their refrigerator, hmmmmm….
James – I work at whole foods market in Chicago, and I love organic produce. But it just amazes me the things ive seen over the years there. I know that you, the farmers are who ALL of us need to be behind! Sorry if i sounded rude earlier , did not mean it! I would love to work for u someday! Seriously
David – The tracking data John refers to is extremely helpful to the CDC in tracing produce back to the source of food borne illness outbreaks that kill over 5,000 people annually in the United States. While the regulations may seem onerous, the extra precautions from multiple washings at prescribed temperatures is intended to reduce instances of food borne illness in the grocery and restaurant supply chain. The collection of vital information that can be made available to the CDC and other agencies to identify the source of contaminated produce (like melons, tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce, etc.) during an outbreak of food borne illness is critical to stopping such events. The role of government is to balance public safety with the needs of businesses and as such is never easy.
Angelic Organics – Maybe the consumers then should keep logs of what they do with the food that comes into their homes…how soon they unpack it, what temperature they store it at, how thoroughly they wash it (I suppose this would have to be videoed); cooking temperature and time; how clean are their plates and silverware and stored where; how long were the pots and pans scrubbed and with what?
David – While FB is not the proper venue for a discussion of public policy, I want to make sure you understand I’m not a supporter of intrusive, “nanny type” government. Consumers should be educated and responsible for their own food preparation activities, although even home food safety practices can not protect people from contaiminated food. But to dismiss public health safety with sarcasm is not productive. If you believe farmers who sell directly to consumers are careful and ethical, then seek an exemption from the regulations for that category of agricultural producer. But when produce enters the mass wholesale supply chain from large industrial agriculture companies, the public deserves and should expect some level of government oversight.
Angelic Organics – I like that the rules make me more conscious of food safety. The question is, where does balance lie? Many of the rules make sense on their own, but put them all together, and there go many farms down the regulation drain.
Terry – What is the message you would recommend that we convey to our elected reps?
Angelic Organics – This is an enormous, vast set of regulations. I am daunted by it. (I don’t think the public every got to weigh in on all the farm chemicals that are being used today, btw.) Angelic Organics is planning to comply with the regulations, btw. We’re not rich enough to go up against this force of regulations.
Vicki – Isn’t dirt where the probiotics live?
Angelic Organics – ironic that so much is being realized today about the importance of exposure to soil/dirt, as a sort of inoculation process, and we have a government that seems to regard dirt as filth
Carla – I’m only joking, but it seems that in the future all food will have to be boiled before comsumption.
Carla – Crazy. Do you have to wash everything or only certain vegetables?
Angelic Organics – It depends on what crops we certify for Good Agricultural Practices, which is how we can prove that we are compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act. To qualify will cost us about $30,000 to $40,000 in upfront costs (lots of infrastructure work to do, amongst other changes) and then probably an extra $30,000 to $40,000 per year to make sure we are in compliance.
Carla – Ouch.
George – And what do they make Monsanto do? Put some Money in a Lobbyists hand to Buy a Politician.
Roxanne – iT WOULD BE GREAT IF THEY PUT THE SAME RIGID GUIDELINES ON ALL OF OUR FOOD HERE IN THE USA. SEEMS A LITTLE OVERKILL HERE FOR ORGANICS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN GROWN AS HEALTHFULLY AS POSSIBLE!
Karen – Does the government not realize water is as precious as oil? And should encourage people to soak veggies in their sink for a few min with vinegar instead of using hundreds of gallons of water we need to drink??? What a waste
Natalie – I would be happy with a box of dirty vegetables.
Robert – Gee I wash all my veggies when I get them home and here’s something so did my mom she told me you never know who touched your food no matter where you are buying them from.
Jan – The whole agenda is skewed to take the good food away-The Ones want total control of our food and our lives! So SAD! and do not mean STANDARD AMERICAN DIET! sad for that too! SAD means I am SAD in my heart!
Megan – while that info is valuable…with recent outbreaks of spinach and chicken the consumers were not told any information.
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Please Note: this summary is written before you receive your box—please be aware that some guesswork is involved. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.
Salad Greens – Arugula
Fruiting Crops – Baby Blue Hubbard, Butternut or Buttercup Winter Squash
Root Crops – Carrots, 2 bags of Potatoes
Cooking Greens – Kale
Brassicas – Cabbage, Maybe Brussels Sprouts