BLOG: Ten Ideas For Buying Local This Holiday Season

By: Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture

December 18, 2015

The holiday season is here and what a great time to support local Pennsylvanians! PA Preferred is the official state branding program used to identify locally-sourced agricultural products made and grown right here in our commonwealth. When you support local businesses, you are directly supporting your local economy. Traditional production agriculture makes a nearly $8 billion impact on the economy, but businesses related to production agriculture in the supply and distribution chain add another $32 billion impact to the gross regional product of Pennsylvania. Our collective buying power adds to that overall number.

I’ve had a chance to visit some of our PA Preferred members and companies over the course of the past year, and made some recent stops to gather gifts for my wife Nina and our sons. The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to buy local products as gifts for others or serve at a dinner enjoyed with friends and family. Check out some of the great products made right here in Pennsylvania.


The Capitol Christmas Tree was grown by Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County.

Holiday Dinner
  • Main Dish — beef, chicken, turkey, duck, pork, lamb, rabbit, fish, pasta
  • Vegetables — corn, potatoes, squash, rhubarb, sweet potatoes, yams, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots
  • Fruits — cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries
  • Beverages — beer, wine, spirits, cider and milk for your eggnog
  • Desserts — pie, brownies, cakes, cookies
Gifts for Loved Ones
  • Seasonal flowers — you can even get a last minute Christmas tree!
  • Home accessories — candles, pottery, wood furniture, woven baskets
  • Baseball bats
  • Personal care products — lip balm, soaps
  • Fan favorites — popcorn, maple syrup, pretzels

Governor Wolf gifts the Red Land little league team with bats made in Brookville by BWP Bats.

To find out where to buy PA Preferred products, click here to view a searchable map. The blue and yellow PA Preferred logo makes it easy to identify local products. When you see this logo, you can be assured that the product is made or grown within the state of Pennsylvania.

Although it might be after the holidays, you will also be able to find a number of PA Preferred vendors at the upcoming 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Many of these local businesses will be located in the PA Preferred Marketplace throughout the week-long event. Stop by to sample and purchase items from companies like Hatfield Quality Meats, the Lancaster Hummus Company, and Buffalo Valley Spice and Supply.

Pennsylvania agriculture has succeeded not only because of the quality of our topsoil or our proximity to major markets, but because of the character and work ethic of all those who live and work in an industry that does so much for us. This season, and always, let’s reward and support that hard work and tireless commitment by to shopping at our local stores, particularly those who carry the PA Preferred logo. Remember, “It makes a difference.”

From my family to yours, I wish you a wonderful holiday season!



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