Farmers across the Commonwealth are celebrating fresh, local fruits and veggies for Pennsylvania’s Produce Month.
Farmer, Ruth Thomas says, “Produce growers die in the field, we don’t know when to quit!”
Thomas knows how to grow. She’s the wife of a third generation farmer. She married into the business and she’s been growing produce for 45 years.
“My husband remembers when Central Market’s inside walls were all butchers,” says Thomas.
She says farmers’ presence weren’t as popular.
“There was a lot of small stands of local farmers bringing in their excess or out of their garden,” says Thomas.
Now, locally grown produce is evolving into a necessity at market.
Thomas says, “I know if it’s sprayed or not. And people are concerned about that. How fresh? Picked yesterday and sold today.”
Shopper, Darcy Eddy says, “She always has good, fresh stuff.”
Eddy shops twice a week at Central Market, supporting her local farmers and her health.
She says, “Getting it fresh, local, you know it’s clean, it’s good and I couldn’t live without this market.”
Thomas says, “They want local produce, and I have it for them.”