The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly altered the habits and procedures that we were formerly used to, here in America, and around the world. For most of us, our priorities today look very different than they did just a few weeks ago.
Here, at Gitto Farm and Kitchen, we were required to quickly adapt to the changes that were taking place in supply chain logistics for the food items that we produce. Many of our customers found themselves with bare shelves, but were able to call on us to fill some of the large void that happened, as a result of the corona virus scare. Production of our tortilla products is slowly getting back to normal, and we are pleased that we were able to fill the needs of our customers, in a timely manner.
On another front, we were notified that the 2020 Outdoor season for the Dane County Farmers Market, which was scheduled to begin on April 11th, would not be opening on schedule. The following is the latest information concerning this venue for our business…
“At this time, the State of Wisconsin has cancelled all events on the Capitol Square in Madison for the current time and our Wednesday Market is under similar restrictions. We expect to open on the Capitol Square when the restrictions are discontinued, and the State gives us permission to open. We do not know how long we will be closed, as no one knows how long the outbreak will last. We do not think that the Market will be closed for the entire 2020 season.”
With this situation in mind, we are in the process of also adapting to this new challenge of providing our food products to our Farmer’s Market clients. We are happy to be able to offer selected food items through an alternative venue called “WhatsGood” which the Dane County Farmers Market has arranged. The following link will serve to provide you with all the pertinent details with regard to setting up an account, ordering, and picking up your pre-ordered foods.
The tortillas may be shipped to your location by the U.S. Postal Service. However, we are unable to ship our refrigerated meat products. Those items must be picked up at our farm location, if ordered online through our website. So, with regard to the meat products, it may be a better option to order those items through the WhatsGood venue, for the time being.
We also want you to know that we continue to follow all food safety guidelines in the production of all our products. Our commercial, organically inspected and certified kitchen is operated consistently with the aim of providing a safe and healthy food supply to our customers. As always, we observe sanitary guidelines for the washing of hands, the use of proper hair and beard nets, latex gloves, and the cleaning and sanitizing of the production equipment in our kitchen.
Offered below, is some information from the CDC regarding Food Safety concerns and the Corona Virus that should help answer questions as to the transmission of the virus.
Food Safety and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
“Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day, wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
You should always handle and prepare food safely, including keeping raw meat separate from other foods, refrigerating perishable foods, and cooking meat to the right temperature to kill harmful germs. See CDC’s Food Safety site for more information.”
Finally, we at Gitto Farm and Kitchen will strive more than ever to apply our Christian values of courtesy, honesty, integrity, and reliability, in the days ahead. These principles will guide us in caring for one another, and our loyal customers, as we look toward better times to come, for our community and our great country.