State officials encourage Pennsylvanians to buy local produce this fall | Five for the Weekend
Fruit and vegetable production in Pennsylvania contributes more than $6.1 billion to the state economy annually
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Happy weekend, all.
August is Pennsylvania Produce Month and, to celebrate, state agriculture officials are encouraging residents to buy local.
Speaking from Harvest Valley Farms, a fourth-generation vegetable farm and on-farm market in Gibsonia, Allegheny County on Thursday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding encouraged Pennsylvanians to buy local and support local farmers this fall.
“This harvest season, join me in supporting Pennsylvania farmers by shopping locally and buying PA Preferred,” Redding said. “It is a great way to say, ‘thank you’ to all those who help bring food to our tables.”
According to the 2021 Pennsylvania Economic Impact of Agriculture Update, fruit and vegetable production in Pennsylvania supports more than 7,200 family farms, 31,000 jobs, and contributes more than $6.1 billion to the state economy annually.
“We see the fruits of their labor every day on our plates,” Redding said, praising Pennsylvania farmers. “I’m guessing most of us don’t stop to think about what it takes to actually put that on our plate.”
A list of farmers’ markets across Pennsylvania can be found here.
As always, the top five stories from this week are below.
Jewish and Democratic leaders in Florida urged Sunshine State Gov. Ron DeSantis to cancel his appearance Friday in Pittsburgh where he is set to campaign for Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor.
In a video call with reporters Thursday, Rabbi Mark Winer, president of the Florida Democratic Party’s Jewish Caucus, said DeSantis’ alliance with Mastriano in Pennsylvania gives comfort and safe harbor to racists and bigots.
DeSantis has been criticized for extremist politics, and what Winer described as “subtle and intelligent kind of bigotry.” DeSantis came under fire earlier this year for not condemning a neo- Nazi demonstration in central Florida. DeSantis is running for reelection in November.
Friday night lights going dark across Pennsylvania would be but one of the more visible impacts of Doug Mastriano’s public school funding plan, education advocates say.
A projection of school funding and staffing reductions based on the Republican gubernatorial nominee’s public statements about eliminating school property taxes, slashing per-pupil spending and providing school choice vouchers shows some school districts could see their revenue reduced by up to 67 percent.
A new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Democrats Josh Shapiro and John Fetterman with double-digit leads over their Republican rivals, even as President Joe Biden’s approval ratings remain underwater with voters in a key 2022 battleground state.
In the state’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race, Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor, leads Republican Mehmet Oz, a celebrity physician, 43 percent to 30 percent. But the race tightens to 45-36 percent when people who are leaning toward a particular candidate are included.
I’ve had some good yuks lately – starting with quack doc Mehlmet Oz screwing up his Man of the People Act in the “Wegner’s” supermarket, and lightweight Jared Kushner getting reviewed for his new book: “Kushner looks like a mannequin, and he writes like one…Kushner’s fealty to Trump remains absolute. Reading this book reminded me of watching a cat lick a dog’s eye goo.”
But for sheer legs-in-the-air hilarity, I nominate this new Washington Post report:
“Donald Trump and close aides have spent the eight days since the FBI searched his Florida home rushing to assemble a team of respected defense lawyers. But the answer they keep hearing is ‘no.’… The former president’s current legal team includes a Florida insurance lawyer who’s never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking-garage company and a former host at far-right One America News.”
So, this isn’t a “John Fetterman” column. And you know what we’re talking about here.
After more than two years on the statewide political stage, there’s already a well-established journalistic shorthand for Pennsylvania’s new lieutenant governor.
It’s the lather, rinse, repeat formula of “black clothes, bald head, tattoos, gosh he’s tall but skinnier, cheerleader for the struggling steel town of Braddock, Pa.” that’s launched a thousand profiles — including a recent one by NYMag.com.
And while all that’s true about Fetterman, it often feels like the media branding of Gov. Tom Wolf’s second-in-command overshadows the actual human behind it.
And that’s the week. We’ll see you back here next week.
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