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Employees of A1 Sign company of Blue Grass wire up the new Freight House Marketplace sign in late January of this year.

One of the great activities in downtown Davenport involves the Freight House Farmer's Market, now open three times each week.

Shoppers can visit the market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, and 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Clearly, the site is terrific; market-goers can easily see the Mississippi River, for example. Trains regularly trundle along the nearby tracks (which is a bonus in my opinion.)

There is a wide choice of foods and other merchandise; the variety is really unmatched in the Quad-Cities.

That said, food safety is a consideration, even in a wholesome place like a farmer's market.

The Iowa Department of Public Health, today, sent out guidelines for shoppers. You may find one or two to be especially helpful!

For more information, check this website.

Food safety at the farmer’s market

Farmer Farmer’s markets throughout Iowa are a great place to purchase local fruits, vegetables, and other foods. There are several important food safety tips to follow to ensure your visit to the farmer’s market is safe:

• If buying foods that have been prepared or processed (cut fruit, salsa, guacamole etc.) make sure that they have been keep cool (refrigerator temperatures).

• Refrigerate any prepared or processed foods within two hours of buying at a farmer’s market.

• If you need to travel a distance after shopping at a farmer’s market, bring an insulated bag or cooler to keep meats, prepared and processed foods (cut or peeled fruits and veggies) cool on the way home.

• Check labels on milk, cheese, juice, and cider to ensure they have been pasteurized.

• Make sure meat and eggs have been kept at refrigerator temperatures before you purchase them at a farmer’s market.

• Keep meat separate from other purchased foods to avoid cross-contamination of harmful bacteria.

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