Pre-, During, and Post-Harvest Food Handling Best Practices

Here are some great general guides to overall food safety at the farmers market:

Farmers markets are “growing” in Alaska! These seasonal markets are sponsored by local community organizations and provide the opportunity for certain food producers to sell directly to consumers.

Produce Safety

With a focus on food safety, the Office of the State Veterinarian (OSV) is implementing the new federally-mandated Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The Alaska Produce Safety Program works closely with UAF’s Cooperative Extension Service to provide educational opportunities, and to ensure that growers and other stakeholders throughout the state continue to meet the federal requirements for safe production, harvest, and handling practices for fresh fruits and vegetables.

On-Farm Food Handling
Egg Handling Guidelines:

Egg producers, intermediaries, and consumers in Alaska can all contribute to protecting public health and providing a safe local egg supply to consumers across the state.

Prepared and Cottage Food Precautions:
Providing samples at your market is a great way for customers to try out your products. Here are some tips for ensuring you keep your samples safe:
Raw Milk Sales in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has revised the Milk and Milk Products regulations (18 AAC 32) by adding new language under 18 AAC 32.060(3) that allows for the sale of raw milk and raw milk products and by adding a new section, Raw Milk and Raw Milk Products Production and Sales (18 AAC 32.070). With the revision to the Milk and Milk Products regulations, there will now be 3 different categories of milk production in Alaska.


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