Health and Food Safety

Eating Healthy Is Easy

Vegetables and fruit taste great and are good for you, too. A healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruit may help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.

The choice between organic or non-organic foods is yours. The most important thing is to follow Canada’s Food Guide. Visit unlockfood.ca for more information about healthy eating.

Some of the listings in this guide sell wine and hard cider. Alcohol is a risk factor for a wide-range of health conditions and injuries. Detrimental effects are seen at low levels of alcohol consumption. If you choose to drink, always drink in moderation and don't drive.

Important Food Safety Reminders

  1. All unpasteurized juices or ciders should be brought to a boil before drinking or serving them, particularly for children.
  2. Do not drink unpasteurized milk. Even in small quantities, unpasteurized milk is unsafe, particularly for children. It is illegal to sell or distribute unpasteurized milk in Ontario.
  3. Farm-fresh eggs can only be sold directly from the farm where the eggs were produced. All other egg vendors must sell eggs that have been graded at a registered egg grading station.
  4. All meats sold in Ontario must come from a federal or provincially inspected abattoir. Look for the inspection tags/stamps and labels! If you are in doubt, ask for proof that the meat is from an approved source.
  5. All prepared foods offered for sale must be from an approved source (inspected by a government agency).
  6. Wash all vegetables and fruit before eating.
  7. Bring a cooler with ice packs to help keep perishable items cold (and safer) on the trip home. If you do not have a cooler, you should take all perishable items home immediately after purchase.
  8. Always remember to wash your hands before and after handling food.

While on the Farm...

Farm animals and petting zoos are popular attractions at some local farms. Always remember to wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, as soon as possible after touching these animals. Do not eat any foods or touch your face before washing your hands with soap and water.

If you or your child is bitten or scratched by a farm animal, you should immediately report the incident to the farm owner/operator, wash the bite/scratch area with soap and water, and report the incident to Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700.

If needed, seek medical attention.

Farm Etiquette

Help us keep our farms safe and clean - be courteous.

  • Park in designated areas only.
  • Pick up what is being sold - leave dandelions, mushrooms and flowers in the ground!
  • Use the garbage cans provided (or take litter home).
  • Always supervise your children.
  • Leave your pets at home.
  • Look for sampling stations for taste testing - eating-as-you-pick is discouraged.

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