Farm Markets in Westmoreland County
Why Buy Local?
With the hustle and bustle going on everyday in todayís world, many of us forget the where the products we buy come from, and what connection they have to us. From buying our milk in plastic jugs at the convenience store, to picking through fruit and vegetables at the colossal chain supermarket, many of us donít give a second thought to where our food comes from or how it was grown. In our society, we often feed ourselves and our children over-processed foods, loaded with excessive sugars, preservatives, and chemicals.
Links to Farmersí Markets
Visit the websites of our great
Local Farmersí Markets.
You may also visit
Pennsylvaniaís Online Agricultural Directory
One way to eliminate over-processed foods from our diet is shopping at local farmersí markets. When you purchase locally produced goods, you are supporting your local economy, while helping to keep family farms in your community strong, as well as preserving green spaces. Most importantly, you know where your food is coming from, who is producing it, and how itís being produced. You canít find fresher food unless you grow it yourself!
Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Backed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Westmoreland County Commissioners, the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) serves as a compliment to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, as well as helping Senior Citizens in our area.
The FMNP provides each eligible recipient with four (4) $5.00 FMNP vouchers to redeem at a qualified farmersí markets or roadside stand. The farmers or farmersí markets then submit the coupons for reimbursement.
FMNP vouchers are distributed through the Area Agency on Aging (for seniors) and the WIC agency (for WIC recipients). FMNP recipients are given a list of participating farmers and farmersí markets when they receive their vouchers. These vouchers are redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania.
The purpose of the FMNP program is to:
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is responsible for authorizing individual farmers, farmersí markets, or both. Only farmers and/or farmersí markets authorized by the State agency may accept and redeem FMNP coupons. Individuals, who exclusively sell produce grown by someone else, such as wholesale distributors, cannot be authorized to participate in the FMNP.
Currently, there are over 750 FMNP participating farmers at 469 farm stands and 156 farmersí markets in Pennsylvania. If you are interested in participating in FMNP as a farmer, contact Sandy Hopple at 1-800-468-2433.
If you are a senior interested in the program, please call 1-800-442-8000.