During a time when so many variables contribute to a fragile global food system we want to celebrate and promote ways we can all manage to strengthen our LOCAL food system! There are so many wonderful farmers in PA that work day in and day out to put delicious local food on the table. Here’s 9 small ways you can support local farmers this summer and be a powerful lever for change.

1. Once a week, visit establishments that offer local produce like…

  • Roadside farm markets
  • Farmers’ markets
  • Specialty grocers
  • Farm-to-table eateries
  • CSA farms

Even mainstream supermarkets often carry Pennsylvania vegetables in the summertime.

2. Invest just $10 more a month in local produce. 

That $10 is more than a monetary exchange—it’s a vote for healthy individuals, healthy families, healthy communities, and healthy economies in our home state.

3. Stock up on seasonal goods and preserve the bounty! 

Local produce is at the peak of flavor and ripeness right now. Buy extra produce from local farms and either freeze, can, or ferment it. There’s nothing like a summer tomato in the middle of February. See 3 ways to freeze sweetcorn, the ultimate guide to canning, and tips for safe, easy fermentation at home. 

4. Host a local produce potluck featuring nutrient-rich, in-season veggies.

Get your friends and neighbors together for a summer potluck that highlights all the goodness from Pennsylvania farms.

5. Ask a farmer at your local market for recipes and ideas.

Farmers tend to be darn good cooks. Don’t be shy—ask the vendors at your local farmers market for suggestions on how to cook up some veggies tonight.

6. Schedule time to visit a farm.

Check out our farm directory and meet the folks responsible for growing local food.

7. Discover and attend one of the many agricultural events happening this summer. 

1. The Summer Food Fest will take place inside the GIANT Expo Hall at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center from Friday, July 16 through Sunday, July 18. Vendors will be open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. Harrisburg

2. 8th Annual Pittsburgh VegFest is here—bigger and better than ever. Join us on the Northside, Saturday, August 27th 11am-5pm! Free Admission Allegheny Commons East, Northside

3. Sweet Corn Festival will take place Saturday & Sunday August 6th – 7th from 11 am to 5 pm! Join us for kettle corn, popcorn, sweet corn, cornhole, and so much more! Of course, tractor rides and the CORN pit will be open as well. $5 admission per person, children 3 and under are free

  • 434 Overbrook Road, Valencia, PA 16059

4. Makers Market (07/10/22)(08/14/22)(09/11/22) Up the Crick – Wine & Antiques, 5099 N. Route 44 Highway, Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania 17740, 570-865-6247

  • Region: Pennsylvania Wilds
  • Hours of operation: 11am – 4pm
  • Admission fee: free
  • Artists, food, brews, live music, & family fun. Pet friendly. Free admission

5. Dauphin County Fair : 4H Ag-Competitive Event in Dauphin

  • Start: Aug 10th, 7:00 AM
  • End: Aug 13th, 6:00 PM

8. Tell a friend about your plans!

Share on Instagram/Facebook and tag the location. Tell your mom group or best friends/family, or share at your yoga class!

Bottom line, let others know that you’re making an extra effort this summer to shop local and support our farmers!

9. Visit PAVeggies.org and discover something new.

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