COVID-19 Safety Tips for Buying Fresh Produce for Your Home

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, October 22, 2020
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It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a particularly challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In unprecedented circumstances, economies have shut down, schools are on hiatus, and millions of people are still limiting the amount of time they spend out of the house. This difficult time has, however, brought us some unintended benefits too. It has taught us to break out of our daily grind and focus on things that truly matter, such as family life and mental well-being. 

An increasing number of people are also turning their attention towards healthy lifestyles and priming their bodies to fight off infections, such as COVID-19. Besides exercising, one way to do that is to eat a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.

Organic produce comes packed with nutrients, such as Vitamins C, B6, and E - all of which are good for your immune system. These fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of harmful synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. But leaving the house to go out for fresh, organic grocery shopping during COVID-19 can be risky.

Nobody wants to increase their risk of contracting the coronavirus, but if you want to shop for fresh groceries regularly, here’re a few tips to do that safely during these times.

Minimize Time Spent in Stores

Many of us spend far too long in stores when buying groceries. Anyone can easily get distracted in a supermarket if they don't have a clear idea of what to buy. But it’s imperative to reduce the time spent in public places like grocery stores to decrease your risk of getting COVID-19.

Here’s how to make your shopping more efficient:

  • Prepare a grocery list beforehand on your mobile phone or a sheet of paper. Try to create the list in chronological order of priority - essentials first, optional stuff last.
  • Opt for ordering farm fresh produce boxes It will reduce the number of trips and time spent in the grocery store.
  • Buy enough groceries to last for a week or two, so you don't have to visit the market every few days.

Don’t Let Your Produce Go Bad

Besides making bulk purchases, it’s important to increase the life of your fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure to store them properly to keep them from spoiling and going to waste. While there’s no evidence COVID-19 spreads via food, it’s still a good idea to rinse your fruits and vegetables well with water to get rid of any dirt and debris. After washing your produce, be sure to dry and store it in the fridge.

You could even freeze fruits and vegetables in airtight containers if you’ve done bulk shopping and want to store them for even longer stretches of time. Also, try to buy products with longer shelf lives, such as apples, potatoes, carrots, and corn.

Follow Safety Guidelines

COVID-19 safety tips

During your trips to buy fresh produce, it’s crucial to follow the standard safety measures recommended by health authorities:

  • Avoid crowds by going to markets outside of rush hours.
  • Shop at smaller, local stores, since big stores and supermarkets tend to be crowded for most of the day.
  • Maintain the recommended physical distance of six feet or more from other customers.
  • Wear your face masks at all times and avoid touching your face and eyes.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before you leave home and as soon as you get back home.
  • Carry a hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes to clean your hands and surfaces you’ll have to touch, such as the shopping cart handle.

Order Online

Farmbox Direct’s fresh fruit and vegetable delivery services are an excellent alternative to in-store shopping. These services allow you to order your groceries online, saving you from the hassle and COVID-19 risks associated with shopping at a physical store. Also, shopping online is often cheaper than shopping at superstores. That means you can even save money while shopping from the comfort of your home. These services allow you to place your order online or subscribe to a weekly organic produce delivery plan. You can then rest assured that your organic produce will be delivered to your doorstep every time.

This is a guest blog from Farmbox Direct.

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