These days, people care about their food so much. While we still want food that tastes great, we also care about the way that it is grown or raised and we even care about the people who are doing the growing. Many people today have a food ethic that they try to adhere to as much as they can while still keeping their tomatoes and fish peppers under budget. One way to start making sure that your business is buying from farms that fit your and your customers’ food ethics is to stick to farms that follow GAP, or Good Agriculture Practices. Read on to learn more about them so you can ask the farms you buy from.
What Is GAP?
GAP stands for Good Agriculture Practices and it is a voluntary program where a third party company does an audit to verify the safe food practices being used. The program focuses on the ways that fruits and vegetables are grown, handled, processed, and packed to protect from microbial hazards.
Benefits For Consumers
These days, most consumers are trying to practice more health conscious eating by including more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets. Fresh, whole, or pre-packaged, natural produce is the side of choice for many consumers these days.Many of them are also concerned with the ways that those fruits and vegetables are grown. Some people stick to organically grown while others like to only purchase locally farm-raised products. Either way, they benefit from knowing that there is an independent third party certifying the way their produce is grown and handled. This becomes increasingly relevant each summer, as we continue to have more and more safety recalls of various fruits and vegetables. When your produce is GAP certified, the consumer can rest easy knowing that food safety standards are in place.
Benefits For Wholesalers
Food safety recalls are no fun for anyone. They can be incredibly costly in terms of lost product and lost profits and lost time clearing out all of the recalled produce, on the part of both wholesalers and retailers. When you have to recall products or remove them from your shelves, it hurts your relationship with your customers. Choosing to buy from GAP produce suppliers helps to ensure that food safety standards are strictly followed and decreases the likelihood of recalls. A guiding principle of GAP is preventative action that keeps those recalls from having to be enacted.
BAYWATER FARMS HAS THE RIGHT PRODUCE FOR YOU
Baywater Farms is a family-owned and operated farm servicing Baltimore, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware beaches, and the Eastern Shore. We are capable of meeting the demands of your produce distributor, restaurant produce supplier, CSA produce supplier, or wholesale produce supplier while maintaining the integrity and character of a small farm. When you work with Baywater Farms, you work with an experienced, ethical, and local farm dedicated to providing the highest-quality heirloom produce.