New and Improved PAVeggies.org Puts Pennsylvania Vegetables, Farmers in the Spotlight

July 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program (PVMRP) debuted a new website this July at PAVeggies.org. With PA Produce Month unfolding all August long, the website has wrapped up just in time, and will serve as a perfect place for consumers to discover ways to celebrate one of Pennsylvania’s most delicious months. The new updates will appease the needs of many consumers, from the veggie curious who’s just beginning to dip their toe into the local bounty, to the expert who’s eager to seize the local veggie scene for summer entertaining and winter preparation. It continues to offer annually updated marketing tools and resources for Pennsylvania farmers as well.

Some exceptional new features of PAVeggies.org include:

Recipe Videos

Developed to educate and inspire in less than 5 minutes, these fun instructional videos offer 21 recipe ideas across 7 collections, each with a unique theme, like 3 No Fail Veggies Slaws and 3 Pestos Using Unexpected Ingredients. Find them on the PA Veggie’s Blog and on PA Veggie’s Facebook Page.

Farm Videos

In an effort to bring the farm to YOU, these videos go behind the scenes through on-site interviews with 5 Pennsylvania farmers, featuring footage of operations and first-hand tellings of farm life. These videos will be released intermittently on the PA Veggie’s Blog and PA Veggie’s Facebook Page this August. Check back regularly and follow PA Veggie’s on Facebook to catch them all!

New Blogs

The 2018 blogs give a fresh face to the extensive amount of good reading already present at PAVeggies.org, tempting consumers to explore every recipe, interview, farm glimpse, tip, and beyond.

Local Food Directories

Whether you’re looking in your area for an on-farm stand, neighborhood farmers’ market, or CSA, or hoping to connect with a wholesale farmer or auction, these directories address various needs in one clear, central location.

Vegetable Guide

Keep this guide handy as a perfect quick reference of the when, why, and how of local PA veggies. It outlines seasonality per vegetable, as well as unique tips for selecting and preparing.

Farmer Toolkit

If you’re on the other side of the fence, as a Pennsylvania vegetable farmer, then you’ll want to head directly to the Farmer Toolkit, on the Farmer Resources page, where you’ll find numerous items, instructions, and ideas to assist with your PA Produce Month promotions, and marketing all year long.

Consumer Survey

The PVMRP wants to make this experience as user friendly as possible for YOU. Please consider taking the survey or contacting us with your ideas and feedback.

Consumers can also be on the lookout for PA Veggie brochures, PA Veggies price cards and roadside signs, which serve as trustworthy indicators that local produce is near. If you can’t happen to find what you’re looking for through one of the PA Veggies’ resources, the PA Preferred website at www.papreferred.com; Penn State University’s AgMap at agmap.psu.edu; and the Local Harvest website at www.localharvest.org are all valuable resources as well.

The PVMRP, along with many of the organizations and their corresponding sites mentioned above, lead continued efforts to support Pennsylvania’s largest industry, agriculture. These resources are not meant to solely entertain but, more importantly, to cultivate and nourish new relationships. On-farm stands, neighborhood farmers’ markets, many supermarkets, CSAs, restaurants, and specialty grocers, near you, all throughout the state, are offering fresh, local vegetables through spring, summer and fall, and especially in August. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the state’s successful industry and familiarize with the friendly people who grow your food.

By opting for produce from dozens of CSAs and over 1,000 farm markets and community farmers’ markets in PA, Pennsylvanians support both the environment and economy – reducing their impact of fossil fuels use and keeping money close to home. In fact, for every $100 spent at a farmers market, $62 stays in the local economy, and $99 stays in state. With the new website offering an abundance of easily accessible information and inspiration, both consumers and farmers can enhance their efforts and fortify the local vegetable industry.

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  • When corn is in season, we’ll do whatever we can to enjoy it in as many meals as possible, which is why we love this Crustless, Cheesy Corn Quiche Recipe. Enjoy more #paveggies ideas and #homegrownhappiness at paveggies.org. 
4 Ears of Corn – large, fresh, husked and cut off (or 3 c. frozen com, thawed)
1/3 c. Onion – chopped
1 T Butter
3 Eggs
2 c. Light Cream
1 c. Flour
1-1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Garlic – fresh, minced
2 T. Parsley – dried (or 1/4 c. fresh)
1/4 c. Parmesan Cheese- grated
2 c. Sharp Cheddar Cheese – shredded
2 oz. jar Pimentos – chopped, drained
2 tsp. Parsley – dried – for top
1 tsp. Paprika – for top
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 10 in. quiche dish with cooking spray. Saute onions in butter and set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat eggs, cream, and flour until completely mixed. Add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, parmesan cheese, and 1-1/2 c. cheddar cheese. Mix well. Blend in corn and pimentos. Pour into prepared quiche dish and sprinkle the top with the rest of the cheddar cheese, parsley, and paprika. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut and serve. Optional – Garnish with fresh parsley and fresh orange slice.

Serves 8

Recipe by: Connie Shuff, York

First Place

2005 Pennsylvania “Simply Delicious, Simply Nutritious” Vegetable Recipe Contest
  • It’s official. Local #broccoli has been spotted at roadside stands and markets in #Pennsylvania. We’re having fun pulling unique recipes from our “contest vault” and thought this broccoli bread especially fit the bill. Have you ever tried baking broccoli into bread? Head to paveggies.org for more #paveggies inspiration, facts, and fun!

10 oz. Broccoli, fresh or frozen
4 oz Butter
1 Onion, small, chopped fine
1 c Cottage Cheese, small curd
3 Eggs
1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Yields 1 Loaf

Cut butter into small pieces. Break broccoli in the small pieces. Mix all ingredients and put in a 9” x 5” greased and floured pan. Bake at 400ºF for 30 minutes or until done.

Recipe by: Dorothy Martin, Conestoga

Finalist – Desserts/Breads

2004 Pennsylvania “Simply Delicious, Simply Nutritious” Vegetable Recipe Contest
  • Holy veggies! It’s already broccoli time?! PA Produce Month is just around the corner. August is the perfect time to celebrate and it’s easy to join in on the fun. We’ll be coming at you with ways to get in on the PA Produce Month action. Stay tuned for more #homegrown happiness ...and eat your local PA veggies for gosh sakes! 🌽 🍅 🥦 #repost @rt174roadside
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  • Remember to pick up dill from your local farmer if you plan to preserve this year’s bounty with pickling methods! #paveggies #pennsylvania #vegetables #veggies #homegrownhappiness #buyfreshbuylocal #bfbl #augustispaproducemonth #produce #preserve #pickle #dill #local #localfood #farmtotable #supportlocal #knowyourfarmer
  • This gingered zucchini recipe comes from our 2006 contest but a good recipe never goes out of style. Consider garnishing with a little fresh ginger too for an extra kick. Enjoy!

2 c. Zucchini – peeled and sliced
1 c. Onion – sliced
1 c. Tomatoes – chopped
2 T. Canola Oil
1/2 tsp. Ginger Powder
Salt – to taste

In a skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add onions. Stir and cook until lightly brown. Add tomatoes. Stir and cook about 7 minutes. Add ginger powder and salt. Add zucchini. Stir and cook on medium to low heat until tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve over rice or spread over toast.#paveggies #produce #homegrownhappiness #pennsylvania #veggies #vegetables #augustispaproducemonth #buyfreshbuylocal #bfbl #seasonal #eatwiththeseasons #farmtotable #zucchini #ginger #recipe
  • Kale is great but let’s not forget the original super green - spinach! It is a great source of protein, iron, and antioxidants. Spinach is quite easy to incorporate into recipes to give that meal an extra healthy boost. Bonus: it’s super easy to preserve too! Load up now from your local farmer and store some for winter when your body is craving extra nutrition. #paveggies #produce #homegrownhappiness #pennsylvania #veggies #vegetables #augustispaproducemonth #buyfreshbuylocal #bfbl #seasonal #eatwiththeseasons #farmtotable #spinach #healthy #antioxidants #iron #protein #preserve #freeze #superfood #sorrynotsorrykale
  • Too busy for veggies? A little meal prep goes a long way. Buy a little extra from your local farmer next time and make yourself some mason jar salads for the weekdays. The additional veggie intake will have you feeling great! #paveggies #produce #homegrownhappiness #pennsylvania #veggies #vegetables #salad #romaine #lettuce #tomato #onion #cucumber #healthy #mealprep #augustispaproducemonth #seasonal #eatwiththeseasons #farmtotable
  • Many recipes will call for just the white portion of a spring onion but we suggest finely chopping the green part to make a delightful garnish too. Our favorite prep tip for the spring onion? Roast the entire vegetable in the oven with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. #paveggies #springonion #pennsylvania #vegetables #homegrownhappiness #produce #simplydelicious #onions #eatwiththeseasons #spring #veggies #augustispaproducemonth
  • We’ve already got beans on the mind. Which dish would you pick: bean salad with a homemade vinaigrette or sautéed beans with an aioli sauce? #paveggies #beans #homegrownhappiness #pennsylvania #vegetables

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