Safe Harvesting

As you go about harvesting this season, it’s important to keep in mind these general food safety guidelines: 

  • Prior to handling produce, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Wear a pair of clean, food-safe gloves when harvesting produce
  • Gently rinse fresh produce under running tap water before eating or cooking with produce
  • Store in refrigerator after harvesting and washing to prevent foodborne illness

According to the CDC: 

“Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day, wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.” 

The CDC does not recommend the use of any soap, bleach, sanitizer, alcohol, disinfectant, or any other chemical in the rinsing or washing of fresh produce. If you would like more information about food safety and COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website: