HARRISBURG, Pa., May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Turnpike travelers can purchase locally grown food directly from producers at three service plaza farmers markets open Friday through Monday during the growing season.
The markets are located at the Allentown Service Plaza in Lehigh County, Sideling Hill Service Plaza in Fulton County and New Stanton Service Plaza in Westmoreland County. They will operate through Nov. 30. The summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
"Traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike, you'll see acres of farms that provide fresh, local produce to Pennsylvanians," Agriculture Secretary George Greig said. "These service plaza farmers markets offer motorists the chance to grab a healthy snack during a road trip or pick up products during their commute home.''
"I thank the Turnpike Commission for helping travelers experience a taste of Pennsylvania agriculture," Greig said.
Greig reminded shoppers to look for the PA Preferred™ logo that features a gold checkmark inside a blue keystone, letting consumers know they are buying items made and produced by Pennsylvania farmers and businesses.
For more information, visit www.papreferred.com.
Farmers who want to sell products at the service plaza farmers markets should contact Samantha Snyder at [email protected] or call 717-772-1429.
For a list of farmers markets searchable by county, product or market name, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and click on "Online Services," then "Farmers Markets and Farm Stands."
Media contact: William Nichols, 717-787-5085
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture