Modern and traditional food processing methods can be used in the processing of food products from the farms. Skilled craftsmen are very good in the processing of food products using the traditional food processing methods in a process known as artisanal food processing. Most of the food products that are made by use of hands by the food artisans includes cheese, bread, cured meat, preserved fruits, oils, beverages and vinegar. Artisan foods are usually made from the locally available food products hence no need to source them from other areas. Processing of locally produced foods creates market for the producers’ goods and also helps in improving the economy of the local area. Using simple techniques of food preservation and fermentation helps in increasing the shelf life of the perishable food produce such as fruits. Beneficial microorganisms that can lead to food spoilage are put into good use making some consumer products such as wine and vinegar through the process of fermentation.
Making artisan foods usually takes a long period of time since all processes followed depends on hand processes making food to mature over time hence retaining their flavors. Artisan food usually have a high nutrition value since most nutrients are retain as they are being processed for a long period of time hence healthy for human consumption. The artisan foods are also consumed mainly in the locality of where the food is produced since the methods produce just enough food products hence cannot be supplied to other areas. Farmers markets are the main distribution sites for the artisan foods in a given area. Supermarkets and fast food stores can also have artisan foods available to consumers in some regions.
Different regions have safety precautions and legislation that need to be followed in the processing of artisan foods to ensure health safety to consumers. Food safety for consumption is first enhanced by ensuring that all craftsmen maintain proper personal hygiene. This helps in reducing contamination of food products such as washing hands, reducing food contact with bare hands, having protective clothing and ensuring general personal cleanliness. Working environment cleanliness is very important during food processing since it helps keep away disease-causing vectors that are likely to compromise the health quality of the artisan food. Proper waste management helps in ensuring that the food processing is safe from any disease-causing organisms.
Most consumers prefer artisan foods in the farmers market since they are not genetically modified and therefore they have their flavors not altered. Most artisanal foods are peaked locally from farms where production is mostly organic hence they have their flavors and also safe from pesticide residues. Food production, processing, and consumption of the artisan foods help in the recycling of incomes amongst the different actors of the economy hence enhancing the growth of local communities economy.