There’s nothing like a good serving of healthy, nutritious, certified organic fruits and vegetables on your dining table during a family meal. Fortunately, more and more avenues are opening up for you to have access to these produce.
Farmers’ markets such as the Sacramento Farmers’ Market give a great opportunity for both shoppers and vendors alike to get the community a little more and a little better. It doesn’t hurt, either, that they have fantastic organic produce and creative wares to catch the attendees’ fancy.
As fun and exciting (and clean) as these events can be, though, a North Sacramento urgent care still urges Farmers’ Market-goers to keep a close watch on their purchases. See, organic products may be insecticide- and pesticide-free, but this does not necessarily mean they are absolutely without risks.
Food products can be contaminated in many various ways. It can be through bacteria, a virus, or through parasites. Even if no toxic chemicals were used in growing them, the soil where they were planted may still harbor certain elements that can be dangerous. Microbes, pathogens, and other microscopic creatures can be dwelling on the soil, and attaching itself onto the produce. Without you knowing it, these may easily end up in your mouth, and then your gut, if you’re not too careful.
According to the CDC, 1 in every 6 Americans fall victim to food poisoning or food-borne diseases by ingesting contaminated food items or even beverages every year. This, however, is very preventable. All it takes is one simple step for you to enjoy your fresh purchases from the Farmers’ Market, worry-free of these unfortunate circumstances. All it takes is for you to wash your fruits and vegetables before taking a big bite out of them.
Yes, it’s that simple. It’s also easier for you to wash off the dirt if you first dust it off while it’s still dry. This way, you are already lessening the amount of dirt and grime that you’ll have to clean off under running water. Make sure to rub the surfaces thoroughly, and look in every leafy nook and cranny to make sure no critters or creepy crawlies are hiding within.
In the event that you still feel like you caught the stomach flu, head over to a North Sacramento walk in clinic, like U.S. HealthWorks, so that you can get the proper medical attention and treatment you need.
Foodborne Germs and Illnesses. CDC.
10 Tips for Shopping at Local Farmers’ Markets. MoneyCrashers.