Slow Food Harrisburg is part of the international Slow Food movement, founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy to combat fast food and genetically modified crops. It thrives on food produced locally and cooking from scratch. Slow Food promotes cultural cuisine, heirloom plants and seeds, organic farming and pasturing of domestic animals.
There are 83,000 members in 122 countries.
Slow Food USA is the organizing body in the United States.
True Food was established in 2000 as a means to engage non-farmers in the struggle against genetically engineered crops. It’s now a 40,000 member network dedicated to stopping the genetic engineering of our food, farms and future, and working with others to create a socially just, democratic and sustainable food system.
While there are plenty of family farms in the Harrisburg area, it’s often hard to tell what came from where — even at a Farmers’ Market. Here are some links to help you find the good eats:
Lancaster Farm Fresh is a cooperative of 22 Amish and Mennonite farmers in Lancaster County who build their soil to produce healthy plants, animals and people. The produce sold through LFF is certified organic, with the exception of tree fruit that is grown using Integrated Pest Management techniques. The dairy products are produced on small farms with small herds of guernsey, jersey and holstein cows. LFF farmers do not feed their animals growth hormones or antibiotics. The poultry products come from small flocks that eat grass and insects and spend time, on all but the coldest days, clucking about the range.
A Southcentral Pennsylvania Harvest Schedule organized by earliest likely harvest — when to start checking for what foods.
Here’s a Buy Local Eat Local search engine for this area.
A page on Buying From the Local Farmers with brief descriptions of organic produce and pastured animals at different farms.
If you’d like local produce delivered to a pick-up point near you, consider Community Supported Agriculture. Here’s how it works: you buy a share in a local farm’s produce with money or labor (or both), and get a weekly supply of vegetables. You can also share shares, like splitting one with a neighbor or someone you work with. Here’s a page of links to Central Pennsylvania CSAs.
Eat Wild is a guide to grass-fed animals and a fact sheet.
This is a page of links to Raw Milk Producers in Pennsylvania.
These are Farmstead and Artisan cheesemakers.
This is a link to the state Ag Dept.’s PA Preferred program, and this is the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture