Celebrate “Thank a Local Farmer” Week
September 19-September 2
The Pennsylvania House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is sponsoring “Thank a Local Farmer” week September 19-25. We’re taking action by supporting local farmers and donating a portion of our organic and local produce sales to Pasa to further support local food systems.
Four Seasons Produce of Lancaster County pioneered this important annual fundraising campaign as part of Earthweek in April of each year. This year, due to the Pandemic, the celebration has moved to September. Lady Moon Farms, Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, Kimberton Whole Foods, Weaver’s Way Cooperative, Harvest Market Natural Foods, and East End Food Coop are long-term participants.
“PASA is all of us speaking with one voice. Let’s all show our support during this special week allowing Pasa’s mission to continue to grow!” says Tom Beddard, owner of Lady Moon Farms.
We deeply appreciate the generosity of these businesses and the value they place on building a more sustainable food system. In the most successful year of the campaign, participants combined to donate more than $40,000. In this, the 50th Anniversary year of Earth Day, PASA’s goal is to raise $50,000 for sustainable farming research, education and support!
Supporting the fundraiser is easy–all you have to do is shop at the co-op! A portion of sales will automatically go to the “Thank a Local Farmer” Week fundraiser. The East End Food Co-op has committed $.25 from every case of produce we purchase from Four Seasons, $1.00 per case of Lady Moon Farms produce, and $.50 for every case of Mother Earth Mushrooms. In 2018, the East End Food Co-op contributed $237.50 and in 2019 we contributed $336.50. This year, our goal is to raise $675.00 for Pasa through the week-long fundraiser.