PA Agriculture Department Encourages Pennsylvanians to Celebrate Fall Harvest, Enjoy Locally Produced Food

October 21, 2009

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With the fall harvest upon us, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Pechart today encouraged Pennsylvanians to enjoy locally grown foods, which are affordable, nutritious, readily available and easy to prepare at home.

“Pennsylvania farmers produce a variety of affordable commodities, from dairy and meat products to fruit and vegetables,” said Pechart. “Buying local products supports local economies and drives our state’s number one industry — agriculture.”

Pechart visited the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, today to highlight the PA Preferred products and displays of locally grown products the national retailer offers at the location.

“I encourage all Pennsylvanians to celebrate the local harvest by purchasing products with the PA Preferred logo,” Pechart added.

The PA Preferred branding program, launched in 2004 by Governor Edward G. Rendell, makes it easy to find food products and goods manufactured and processed in the state. The program’s logo features a gold check mark inside a blue keystone.

There are more than 4,000 member locations enrolled in PA Preferred, including farmers markets, restaurants, food processors, grocery chains, craft breweries and wineries.

For more information about the PA Preferred program, including a searchable database of member locations and recipes, visit www.papreferred.com.

Media contact: Nicole L. C. Bucher, 717-787-5085

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

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