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03/22/2017

Pennsylvania Produce Featured Along the PA Turnpike

Farmers’ Markets bring taste of Pennsylvania to toll-road travelers April through November.
 

Harrisburg, PA - Growers have an opportunity to market their fresh, local produce to travelers along the state’s busiest highway by signing up with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Plaza Farmers’ Market program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are once again offering 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 April 1 through Nov. 30.

“The Pennsylvania Turnpike is an historic, vital transportation corridor that passes some of the most fertile farmland in the Keystone State,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “What better way to offer more than 575,000 daily travelers a taste of Pennsylvania than by selling your own produce at a turnpike service plaza? Consider making a turnpike farmers market booth part of your direct marketing plan this growing season.”

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

In order to participate, at least half of the stand’s 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. There is no fee for participation.

“The PA Turnpike has teamed up with local farmers for more than 20 years to provide travelers with fresh produce and quality foods,” said Turnpike Public Relations Director Carl DeFebo. “We encourage our customers to take advantage of this unique offering at selected service plazas and support local farmers.”

Farmers who want to sell products at the service plaza farmers markets should contact Raechel Pitsikoulis at rpitsikoul@pa.gov or call 717-783-8461.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Will Nichols, Agriculture - 717.787.5085

Rosanne Placey, Turnpike, 717.831.7507

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