How often do you think about food safety?

If you’re anything like me (before we got into food production), I never gave it a second thought.

I guess the exception would have been when a major company had to recall tens of thousands of pounds of ground beef or suddenly it was unwise to eat sprouts. Do you remember when romaine lettuce suddenly was missing from all the grocery stores? Yeah, that kind of food safety.

Peter and I think about food safety ALL THE TIME. It’s our job, after all. After years of inspections from local, state, and federal agents, and countless hours spent in plant superintendent and HACCP trainings, we are well aware of best practices and the dangers that lurk. And because we so religiously follow these best practices, it can be hard for either of us to enjoy a night out or to grab a meal from a food truck…but that is another story.

Our customers’ trust in us to produce fresh, delicious, and above all, SAFE foods is everything. If you ever have a question about our methods or production standards, please do not hesitate to ask!

Peter and daughter Harper all suited up and in hair nets to package cheese!

Sanitizing Solution

Before we do anything in either our cheese plant or butcher shop, we sanitize any equipment we will be using—tabletops, knives, cutting boards, etc. To make a quick sanitizing solution, add one tablespoon bleach to one gallon fresh water. This solution is great any time you are prepping large quantities of food for a crowd, are chopping up lots of herbs to freeze, or canning your summer harvest.

How long can you use this sanitizing solution? We tend to make up a new batch every day, but special test strips that measure free chlorine are available at any place that sells pool supplies.

This Week

We have lots of fresh chicken, having processed a large batch yesterday morning. Our Boneless Skinless Breasts have been flying! Order HERE or catch us at the Clinton Farmer’s Market on Thursdays, 10am-4pm or every day at our on-farm store, 10am-6pm.

Can’t make it to the market? The online farmer’s market Local Foods Mohawk Valley has you covered!

Thank you, as always. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know!

Suzie & Peter