The First Day of Summer

Today marks the first day of summer. And that reminds me of the outdoors, gardening, fresh fruits and vegetables and farmers’ markets. As a member of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and the Chair of the Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms, I support farmers’ markets and understand the importance of their efforts to bring nutritious locally grown produce and products to the tables of many Pennsylvanians.  I encourage you to visit your closest farmers’ markets, or a restaurant, or store selling local food - to support your neighboring farmers and enjoy a meal that was locally grown.

Farmers markets are more than stands selling produce in a public space – they create and sustain a unique community. You’re able to get to know your farmer and ask about the food you’re purchasing – often grown by the very person selling it.  Supporting your local economy, promoting your family’s health, and protecting the environment are only a few of the countless benefits of participating in and endorsing farmers’ markets.

The Pennsylvania Buy Fresh Buy Local® website is one of many resources which can help you find out what foods are in season in your area and where to buy fresh, local produce. The PA Preferred website also contains helpful information about produce in season, recipes and fun facts about Pennsylvania agriculture.