Contact Information 

Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Monday)
1-800-770-2377

Cranesville Office (Thursdays Only)
Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday)

Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
151 East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Q & A - PA Has Proud Agricultural History and Promising Future
8/1/2013

QUESTION:  I recently noticed a PA Preferred logo at the place where I shop.  Can you tell me about the logo and what it means?

ANSWER:  This is a very timely question, considering August is produce month in Pennsylvania.  The PA Preferred logo is used to mark vegetables and other agricultural products grown in the Commonwealth.

Agriculture has historically been a major segment of Pennsylvania’s economy.  The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program, along with vegetable growers across the Commonwealth, are celebrating August as Produce Month in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania’s 4,300 vegetable growers plant nearly 55,000 acres of vegetables that produce more than 200,000 tons of vegetables for fresh and processing use.

August is the peak season for many Pennsylvania vegetable crops, and all but the early spring and late fall vegetable crops are available in August.

Vegetables marked with the PA Preferred logo are all from Pennsylvania growers and can easily be identified in supermarkets and farmer’s markets.  PA Preferred is a state-supported agricultural marketing program. The state Department of Agriculture launched the PA Preferred program to identify and promote food and agricultural products grown, produced or processed in Pennsylvania.

Purchasing products with the PA Preferred logo is one way that residents can help support the Commonwealth’s economy.  The concept is similar to the “buy American” trend that encourages consumers to purchase products that are manufactured in the United States.

For more information about Produce Month and where to find fresh vegetables, visit www.PaVeggies.org.  For more information about the PA Preferred program, visit www.PaPreferred.com.  The PA Preferred website allows you to search for products in your own area.

Pennsylvania has a proud tradition of farming.  Celebrating August as Produce Month and looking for the PA Preferred logo are just two ways to show appreciation for our rich heritage.
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