Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The state celebrates its 3,500 family farms every August for the contributions they make to the economy. Produce production is a $119 million a year industry in PA. Pennsylvania ranks in the top ten states in production of several fruits and vegetables including number 3 in pumpkins, 6 in snap beans and 7 in sweet corn and cantaloupes. PA Agriculture Sec. Dennis Wolff says not only does purchasing local produce help the state's economy but it also helps reduce your carbon foot print because it takes less energy to get the food to your table. He says it also tastes better because the time from being picked to being eaten is very short.