The harvesting, washing, and packing process is a critical part of getting a high-quality product to market. Safety and quality should be the primary concerns, but efficiency is also essential.
While all harvesting and packing protocols should adhere to food safety standards, maintain crop quality, and encourage efficiency, few farmers’ pack areas look alike! Visiting different farms to see what works for their unique operations will help you develop your own innovative approach to post-harvest handling.
Join the team at Taproot Farm in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania for a tour of their wash and pack area. They’ll share the logic behind the design of this space and discuss several ways they’ve been able to streamline their harvesting and packing systems over the years.
Husband and wife team, George Brittenburg and Ola Creston, founded Taproot Farm in 2009. They sell produce year round, through a weekly CSA, farmers markets, small retail shops, and restaurants. George and Ola believe deeply in the power of organic natural farming practices and building a community of people who respect the land, the farmers who work the fields, and the customers who invest in the health of their families and the planet.
Aaron de Long, Delaware Valley Hub Manager, Pasa