HARRISBURG (PRNewswire) — The 2006 Consumer’s Guide to Pennsylvania Farm Markets is now available, featuring locations and products sold at more than 1,000 markets across the state.
“From individual fruit stands along the road to large markets featuring thousands of specialty foods, farm markets are a great place for Pennsylvanians to find fresh, nutritious, locally grown foods, while directly supporting producers and the state’s economy,” said state Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. “The guide is a great way for people to connect with producers in their local area.”
The guide is divided into seven sections for various regions of the commonwealth and provides the name, location, dates and hours of operation, types of foods sold, and contact information for each entry. The guide also denotes farm markets participating in the state’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which benefits older adults and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants.
Many Pennsylvania farm markets are travel destinations, giving visitors the opportunity to enter the farm or orchard and pick berries, apples, peaches, grapes and other fresh fruits and vegetables. The guide lists these offerings in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon Passport, the state’s agritourism program.
The Blue Ribbon Passport features attractions of Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage, including county and community fairs, wineries, farmers markets and farm stay bed and breakfasts.
The 2006 Consumer’s Guide to Pennsylvania Farm Markets publication is available online at http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/ (click on Consumers).