On this, the last day of Local Foods month, we here at the GAP SBN thought we might celebrate the people, businesses and organizations that are taking root in Southwestern PA in support of local agriculture. There’s no reason to limit your support of local foods to one month of the year. Here are some great stories to peruse and resources to use year-round.
A few of our favorites (add yours below, too!):
- New farmer’s markets opened this summer in 4 of the Trail Towns: Meyersdale, Confluence, Ohiopyle and Connellsville, all with the help of citizens, business owners, farmers and other community partners.
- Vicki Marietta had another successful season with her shop Backyard Gardens in Ohiopyle, selling products all made in PA, including her delicious homemade mustards.
- David Eson, project manager of “Produce Grown Here” (a project of the Progress Fund) worked with Eat’n Park restaurants and Giant Eagle supermarkets to provide more local produce to their customers.
- The Connellsville Community Gardens planted three plots throughout the city providing fresh produce to residents and creating a necklace of green space connecting the trail to town.
- Buy Fresh, Buy Local PA is a great resource where you can enter your zip code and find providers of fresh, local food in your area.
- Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture strives to transform agriculture and food systems in PA and beyond.