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Ag Secretary Redding: Shop local, support Pa. agriculture this Thanksgiving

By: - November 23, 2022 6:30 am

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and First Lady of Agriculture Nina Redding grab locally grown vegetables from Dennis Fitz Produce inside York Central Market House on Thursday, November 17, 2022 (Commonwealth Media Service photo).

State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is encouraging Pennsylvanians to buy local as they plan and prepare for their Thanksgiving meals this year. 

“Shopping locally and looking for the PA Preferred checkmark directly supports Pennsylvania family farms and supports jobs and the economy right where you live,” Redding said. 

Redding also recognized the farmers and agriculture workers who put food on the tables of Pennsylvanians, and who make the commonwealth’s $132 billion agriculture industry tick. 

 “As we spend time with our loved ones, giving thanks for the season and harvest, we share our gratitude to the farmers and agricultural workers who fill our dinner tables this holiday season and every day,” Redding said. 

The Department of Agriculture said that shoppers can support Pennsylvania farmers by: 

Pennsylvanians can support the commonwealth’s agriculture industry in others, too.

The department said that “consumers can shop directly from more than 6,400 farms and enjoy agritourism activities at more than 700 farms operating pick-your-own pumpkins and Christmas trees this holiday season.”

Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation for the number of farms that sell directly to consumers, according to the USDA. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.