Slow Food Resources

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.

Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” is a rousing call to action, and her website, A Year of Food Life, has many national resources.

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 Pick Your Own Produce guide to central Pennsylvania, and a really good page of Picking Tips. If you go and pick, send us a comment so we can start to build reviews.

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.

And back by popular demand, here is the Pennsylvania AgMap, a search engine for all things agricultural.

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


One thought on “Slow Food Resources

  1. Is there really a Slow Food Harrisburg?
    Been trying REALLY hard to find it, but no luck. Just links to a few events early last year.
    Would like to participate but get the sense that there either is no such group, or that it is a closed group which requires a secret handshake to join. Enlighten me, please 🙂 Or is this just another example of Central PA’s inability to band together and join the rest of the world? Why is it so easy to find so many other convivia, each with their own warm, inclusive personalities, welcoming messages, and numerous affordable, well publicized events, which are open to the public as well as the members? If I join Slow Food, does my membership go to HBG automatically, regardless of my wishes? Is that the time I will receive my secret handshake? And find out the group does in fact exist?

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