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Farmer's Market Quiz

Think you're a pro at shopping for produce at your local farmer's market? Take this quiz to find out!

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Farmer's Market Quiz
Farmer's Market Quiz
Question 1 of 20 Correct

When is the best time to buy produce from a farmers' market?

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The correct answer is: Go to the farmers' market early so you can avoid produce that has been sitting out all day long.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a good reason to buy local produce from a farmers' market?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. By buying local, you are supporting small businesses and families. Plus, while not all local farms are certified organic, many small farms often use little, if any, pesticides. The quality of local produce is also the best in terms of taste and nutrition. Finally, because the produce is not being shipped thousands of miles from farm to store, fewer chemicals are needed to keep the food fresh.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Bag produce separately to prevent contamination with foodborne illness.

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The correct answer is: This is true. To avoid food-borne illness while shopping, put foods in separate bags. This is an important step in preventing cross-contamination, which could lead to foodborne illness.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What temperature is best for keeping food fresh in your fridge?

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The correct answer is: Keep foods safe by storing them in a refrigerator that's set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Anything warmer can cause bacteria growth.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Honey bought at a farmers' market is often more processed than honey you can purchase at a grocery store.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Honey bought from a farmers' market often comes straight from the hive. That means it's less likely to be ultra-pasteurized and will still contain some of the antioxidant-rich pollen.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How many hands will likely touch a tomato before you eat it?

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The correct answer is: Experts estimate 20 people will touch a tomato before you bring it home. That's because vegetables and fruits are picked, sorted, thrown on a truck, taken off a truck, sorted again, boxed and unboxed all before they reach the display case. Then other customers handle the tomatoes before you finally pick them from the farmers' market display and take them home.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Thumping is the best way to tell if a fruit is ripe.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Do not thump or shake a fruit to see if it's ripe yet. The best way to tell is with your nose. Sniff the produce — fruits such as cantaloupe, strawberries and peaches tend to be the most fragrant when they are at their most flavorful.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should wash reusable grocery bags and totes after each use to prevent food-borne illnesses.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Reusable tote bags should be washed after each use. Canvas bags should be washed in the washing machine on hot and polyproplene bags have to be hand-washed. This can help you prevent infecting the bag and spreading foodborne illnesses.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What should you do with fruit that is bruised or cut?

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The correct answer is: Some blemishes on produce are normal, but avoid purchasing fruit or vegetables that are discolored, bruised, cut or moldy. These signs indicate that the produce is possibly on the verge of spoiling. Plus, bacteria can thrive on bruised or cut areas.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's okay to buy raw milk from the farmers' market because the milk is likely so fresh, bacteria haven't had a chance to grow.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You shouldn't buy milk at a farmer's market unless you can confirm that it has been pasteurized. Raw milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms, such as Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, which can pose serious health risks to you and your family.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How will kernels in fresh, well-hydrated corn appear?

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The correct answer is: To see if an ear of corn is fresh, pull the husk back to check the kernels. If they are fresh and well hydrated, they should look swollen and tightly packed. Pierce a kernel with your fingernail, and a milky white liquid should flow out.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should wash the outside of fresh produce even if you don't intend to eat the skin.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Wash all fruits and vegetables before preparing or eating, even if you don't plan on eating the skin. When you peel or cut vegetables and fruits, the bacteria from the exterior can travel inside.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Organically-grown produce is more nutritious than conventionally-grown produce.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A handful of small studies has found that some organic fruits have slightly higher vitamin C levels compared to conventionally-grown produce, but for the majority of fruits and vegetables, organic is not any healthier or better for you. What is better for you: locally-grown fruits and vegetables. That's because they haven't had to travel a long distance and have been able to retain their freshly-picked vitamins and nutrients.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is the best way to buy produce?

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The correct answer is: Buy loose produce rather than packaged so you have more control over what you select and can remove any bruised or moldy pieces.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: When buying pre-cut produce, you should find out if they were stored on ice.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Pre-cut fruit and produce, such as watermelon halves, should be refrigerated or stored on ice. Keeping them cool keeps bacteria from growing.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these should you buy organically when possible?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Whenever possible, buy organically-grown potatoes, spinach leaves, lettuce, collard greens, peppers and celery. That's because these vegetables tend to have more pesticides sprayed on them and more easily absorb chemicals. Organic farming does not use the pesticides.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should wash your hands for 20 seconds before preparing fresh produce.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Avoid cross-contamination with the germs on your hands by washing your hands for 20 seconds before touching fresh produce (such as lettuce or fruit that you will eat without cooking in any way). Then wash your hands for another 20 seconds after you've finished preparing it.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How should you clean fruits before eating them?

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The correct answer is: Wash all fruit under cool water before eating. It is not necessary to use soap. Gently scrub melons, which grow in the dirt, with a hand or dish brush to reduce the bacteria on the outside of the fruit. Rinse berries and cherries; don't scrub. Scrubbing will damage the berries.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's not necessary to wash bagged salad because it's pre-washed.

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The correct answer is: If a package of lettuce says it is pre-washed, there is no need to wash the lettuce again. If it doesn't, you should wash the lettuce and pat dry.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Produce from a farmers' market is often more expensive than produce at a grocery store.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Fresh produce and food from a farmers' market tends to be the same price or even less expensive because the foods have not incurred the additional fuel, shipping and packaging costs. These savings are often passed on to the consumer.

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