PA: AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT SEEKING PRODUCERS TO MARKET LOCAL PRODUCTS TO TURNPIKE TRAVELERS

June 12, 2014

(HARRISBURG, PA) – Farmers who want to sell their locally-grown products at farmers markets along the state’s busiest highway can apply to be part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Plaza Farmers Market program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission organize farm markets at the Allentown Service Plaza in Lehigh County, Sideling Hill Service Plaza in Fulton County and New Stanton Service Plaza in Westmoreland County. Markets are open from April 1 through Nov. 30.

“Our turnpike farmers markets help encourage travelers to eat fresh, healthy snacks while they’re on the road,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Producers can take advantage of this unique opportunity to give the 526,000 daily turnpike drivers a taste of our state’s agriculture industry without leaving the toll-road.”

Markets open at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Mondays and holiday weekends, and at 11 a.m. on Fridays and Sundays. They close at dusk.

At least half of gross sales must be products grown or produced in Pennsylvania. Value-added items like canned goods, candles, soaps, preserves and baked pies may not exceed 25 percent of sales.

Farmers who want to sell products at the service plaza farmers markets should contact Samantha Snyder at samasnyder@pa.gov or call 717-787-1429.

For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search “turnpike.”

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