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Because food purchased at farmer's markets is fresher, fewer safety precautions are necessary.

Food safety is important no matter where you purchase your food. A general rule of them is 'keep cold food cold, and hot food hot.' This means making sure food items purchased at a farmer's market is properly transported, cooked and stored.

This is especially true for foods like meats and poultry or non-pasteurized items like salsa or guacamole. Get items like these home and refrigerated as quickly as possible. If you can, bring an insulated cooler with you to the market so you can keep foods chilled on the ride home.

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