Eating healthy is vital to staying healthy. The Seattle Farmers Market Association currently has three famers markets that meet the needs of residents in Georgetown and throughout Seattle by selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Those looking to start eating right should definitely check out the farmers market closest to them.
While fruits and vegetables offered at farmers markets tend to be of high-quality, there is still the risk of buying something that could lead to problems such as food poisoning. Shoppers at farmers markets should be vigilant when buying and preparing fruits and vegetables. Here is a quick 3-step guide you can use:
Step 1: Buying the Food
Needless to say, you want the freshest produce you can get your hands on. When choosing fruits, prioritize the ones that boast a vivid color. Generally, you’ll want to avoid fruits that have blemishes. As much as possible, only buy fruits that are in season.
For vegetables, on the other hand, you should look for veggies that offer a crisp color and firm texture. Any leaves that vegetables may have should not be wilted. Any dirt you may find on the vegetables are fine.
Step 2: Preparing the Food
Many people think that the risk of contracting food poisoning from fruits and vegetables are close to nil. Unfortunately, you can contract food poisoning if you do not prepare fruits and vegetables properly before consumption, just as you would with meat.
When you wash fruits and vegetables, wash them under a running tap, even if you plan to peel it. If you are using a bowl of water to rinse vegetables, start with the least soiled ones first. Next, cut away any damaged/bruised areas. These steps are even more important if you plan to eat the fruit or vegetable raw.
Step 3: Enjoy the Food
As with most food, consume any prepared fruits and vegetables immediately. Any leftovers should be refrigerated and consumed within a day or two. Any fruits and vegetables you do not plan to consume just yet should also be kept in the refrigerator at 40° F or below.
If you suspect that you may have contracted food poisoning, do not delay seeing a doctor at a respected urgent care center in Georgetown such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group. Your doctor can help you manage symptoms such as dehydration, as well as prescribe any necessary antibiotics.