PASA News

News from PASA:

May 23 – Local Food-Safe Food: Bringing it to Market – Part of the “Feeding the Future: Food, Agriculture, and Land Use in Uncertain Times” series at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

June 7 – Field Day – A Goat of Many Uses: Adding Value with
Goats for Homesteaders, New & Beginning Farmers
 at 
Always Somethin’ Farm in Mansfield, Tioga County. Limited to 25 participants; please pre-register.

June 15 – Field Day – Field to Fiber to Market: Incorporating Natural Fiber Products into Your Operation at Bearlin Acres Farm in Shippensburg, Franklin County. Held in collaboration with Future Harvest-CASA.

Vendors Wanted for Wellsboro Farmers Market – The Hidden Trails Farmers Market in Wellsboro is looking for additional vendors this season. The market is held on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm under a tent at 1943 Shumway Hill Rd. It will run from July 16 – October 8 with various activities most Saturdays. The fee is $7.00 per day or $85.00 for the entire season. Also, they are offering vendor staffing for those who want to sell but are unable to be there personally. Contact Sarah Rockwell – rockwell.sarah@gmail.com for more information.

America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest – Read the American Farmland Trust  press release. (Contact: Gretchen Hoffman, 202-378-1251 or ghoffman@farmland.org):

…the third annual competition for “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets,” [is] a nationwide contest that gives farmers market customers the chance to vote for their favorite markets and show support for their local food communities…newly enrolling farmers markets are encouraged to register online

Online voting will take place from June 1 through August 31, when four winning markets—one large, one medium, one small, and one boutique—will receive the title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market for 2011. Winners will be featured on the leading foodsite Epicurious.com and will be honored at local celebrations where they will receive prize packages from American Farmland Trust and its partners. 

The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest is a part of American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food. Farms near metropolitan areas produce 91 percent of the nation’s market value of fruit, 78 percent of vegetables, and 67 percent of dairy products….For more information about the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, visit the website. Companies interested in showing their support for America’s farmers markets can find sponsorship information here

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