Why Should I Wash My Hands When Going to Pick in the Field?
Question: Why should I wash my hands when going into the field to pick?
Answer: Food safety! We operate a pick-your-own strawberry field, and we ask our customers to do just this. A simple explanation of why is that you must start clean if you wish to finish clean. It is our highest priority to provide our customers with a quality product that is safe and nutritious for them.
In addition to the strawberry fields, we also grow sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes we grow are sold to a wholesale packer and end up on dinner tables in various forms. We train all of our employees to wash their hands before any of the sweet potatoes are handled from harvest to warehouse.
Washing hands is just one example of a Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) used on modern farms today. We use many GAPs on our farm to ensure food safety. Most are done because common sense tells us they are the right things to do, and others are done because they have been recommended to help ensure safer food. All farmers take great pride in growing their crops, and the farmers who grow produce crops take additional great lengths to ensure their safety for you!
– Brent and Sue Leggett, Nash County farmers