Fresh asparagus, strawberries and blueberries can be found in your local grocery store, farm market, or pick your own farms. Handling them properly will keep you and your family safe. Harmful bacteria is found in the soil and water where fruits and vegetables grow so it is important to wash produce before eating.
Most produce is pre-washed to rid it of surface dirt, but unless it is washed and sealed in an airtight package such as bagged lettuce and other greens it should be re-washed. Fruits and vegetables can become contaminated during processing and even on the store shelf.
Wash produce under running water before eating or preparing for use in a dish. Make sure your hands are clean as well as the sink and any utensils you will be using to cut or serve the fruits or vegetables. Do not use soap, detergent or commercial washes to wash the produce. Use a produce brush on firm products such as melons, potatoes, and cucumbers. Handle other produce gently to prevent bruising.
Once produce is washed, cut and ready to eat, keep it refrigerated until ready for use.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Raw Produce: Selecting and Serving if Safely
Author: Linnette Goard, Field Specialist, Food Safety, Selection and Management, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension.