DeLissio encourages support for buying local produce, food

PHILADELPHIA, May 29 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today released a statement on the importance of buying local produce and the value of PA Preferred, the state-supported agricultural marketing program for food and agricultural products grown, produced or processed in Pennsylvania.

“It’s that time of year to start my rounds to the local farmers’ markets in the 194th Legislative District, and I am always impressed and pleased with the fresh produce and goodies I can find,” she said. “This week I stopped by the Bala Cynwyd Farmers' Market at its new location on the Barmouth Trailhead of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. I love bringing the farm to my table; somehow the food just tastes better, and I know it is better for me.”

DeLissio added that there are many other organizations devoted to local and fresh produce and products, including Farm to City, a Philadelphia-based program whose goal is to unite communities, families and farmers year-round through good locally grown food.

“As a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I am acutely aware of the benefits PA Preferred provides growers and consumers,” DeLissio continued. “By purchasing goods made in Pennsylvania, you are making a difference by instilling pride in our homegrown products and helping our local economy. Many of my farmers’ market buddies sell their PA Preferred products not only roadside, but look for their goods in your local market, as well, marked with the PA Preferred logo.   

Eligible seniors may receive a Supplemental Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) voucher by contacting their Area Agency on Aging in Philadelphia County at or at in Montgomery County. These vouchers may be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania. 

Each eligible recipient receives four $5 SFMNP checks to redeem at a qualified farmers' markets or roadside stands. Vouchers should be available early July. 

“I look forward to seeing folks at the farmers’ markets during the summer and through the early fall months,” DeLissio said.