Latest Farmers' market Stories

2010-08-03 13:00:00

Markets Offer Fresh, Affordable Foods; Travel Destinations HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers can find Pennsylvania's freshest foods at their local farmers market, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today as the department marked National Farmers Market Week, which runs through Aug. 7. "Pennsylvania's agricultural bounty is at the fingertips of consumers thanks to the more than 1,200 farmers markets across the state," said Redding. "The markets also...

2010-07-26 11:27:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwest grocer Meijer, which began by selling locally produced foods from area farmers, is substantially expanding its commitment to home grown fruits and vegetables by 20% this year, it was announced today by Mark Stevenson, produce director at the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain. Meijer's "Home Grown" initiative of sourcing fruits and vegetables from local producers has grown considerably the past five years to include more...

2010-07-15 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State employees and Harrisburg residents can now enjoy a free shuttle that will provide access to some of Pennsylvania's best fresh fruits, vegetables and other local treats for the rest of the summer, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today. The Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, or PSECU, is sponsoring a free Capitol Area Transit shuttle from downtown Harrisburg to the Open Air Farmers Market at the Pennsylvania...

2010-06-25 13:30:00

Encourages Use of PA Preferred Products during 'Chef for a Day' Experience in York County HANOVER, Pa., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As summer vegetables and fruit begin to ripen in home gardens and on farms throughout Pennsylvania, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today encouraged residents to make locally produced food the centerpiece of their summer gatherings as he worked as a "Chef for a Day" alongside Andrew Little, executive chef of the Sheppard Mansion in Hanover,...

2010-06-17 10:00:00

LOS ANGELES, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Problem: Currently more than 250,000 U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are without work. The rate of unemployment for veterans ages 18 to 24 is reported to be as high as 30%. The Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC) is a non-profit started by American farmers to help these young men and women find work in agriculture while simultaneously addressing our nation's critical need for new farmers and a safe food supply. The Farmer-Veteran...

2010-06-16 10:40:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Compass Group North America announces the expansion of its 'Eat Local' programs across the United States. As part of their commitment to sustainable agriculture and wellness, Compass Group will be broadening its efforts this summer to source fresh fruits and vegetables from mid-size farmers and educate consumers about the merits of eating local. For Compass Group, 'local' is defined as food grown within a 150 mile radius of where it is consumed....

2010-05-26 14:28:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers will find it easier to enjoy the fresh taste of locally produced foods by reading the 2010 Consumer's Guide to Pennsylvania Farm Markets, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today. "Pennsylvania's more than 1,200 farm markets and roadside stands offer a direct connection to the state's diverse agriculture industry," said Redding. "The farm market guide is a great tool consumers can use to find and purchase affordable...

2010-05-03 13:00:00

Market Open Every Tuesday and Friday from May to November HARRISBURG, Pa., May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Farmers Open Air Market will return to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center on May 4, providing Harrisburg area residents and visitors an opportunity to purchase affordable, locally grown food directly from producers, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today. The market will be open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday until November....

2010-03-23 11:37:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal grants aimed at increasing direct farmer-to-consumer sales and improving access to locally grown food are now available, state Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today. The deadline to apply is April 15. Grants of up to $100,000 per project are available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market Promotion Program to improve and expand domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported...

2010-02-20 10:00:00

Farmers' markets are not created equal. Some sell only fresh produce while others offer entertainment and a wide variety of vendors. And each market's unique personality attracts some people while repelling others. A University of Illinois study revealed that based on what they offer, farmers' markets self-select people who are on a specific mission -- and visiting other retail stores isn't one of them. "Not one of the six farmers' markets we visited in the city of Chicago and suburbs drew...

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