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Sharpsburg farm supplies Weis Markets with produce

July 28, 2013
  • Page and Rhonda Houser of Sharpsburg provide sweet corn, tomatoes and cantaloupes to Weis Markets as part of its Your Neighbors, Our Farmers local produce program.
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SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets recently announced the rollout of its annual Your Neighbors, Our Farmers local produce program.

The campaign promotes the quality and longevity of Weis Markets’ local produce program and highlights the contributions of 13 farmers and their families who supply Weis Markets’ stores with produce.

“We were local before local was cool,” said Kurt Schertle, executive vice president of sales and merchandising for Weis Markets. “Although this is the peak season for buying local produce, we are year-round customers of locally sourced agricultural products, including milk, eggs, pork, beef and poultry. We appreciate these hardworking men and women, and thanks to the enduring relationships we’ve established with our local farmers, we’ve been able to offer a wide variety of local produce and have been doing so for more than 100 years.”  

In 2013, Weis Markets will purchase more than 25 million pounds of local produce from approximately 150 farmers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. 

Each Weis Markets store will display Your Neighbors, Our Farmers banners with photographs of the farmers supplying Weis Markets. The photos will be featured in Weis Markets’ produce departments by region and product, as well as in weekly circulars. 

The individual photos highlight the produce of:

• Page and Rhonda Houser, Sharpsburg: sweet corn, tomatoes and cantaloupes

• John Tebbs, Williamsport, Pa.: sweet corn

• Ed Sobiech, Pine Island N.Y.: onions

 Paul Lebo, Mechanicsburg, Pa.: sweet corn, cantaloupes, cabbage, green peppers and tomatoes

• Helen Masser, Sacramento, Pa.: potatoes

• Ken Dries, Sunbury: apples

• Ed Leo, Avondale, Pa.: mushrooms

• Allen Conrad, Newport, Pa.: organic produce

• Jack Bream, his mother and his son, Drew, Orrtanna, Pa.: peaches, apples and nectarines

• Mark Apple, Richfield, Pa.: apples

• Allen and Ruth Terwilliger, Hegins, Pa.: potatoes

• Titus Hoover Jr., Port Trevorton, Pa.: Athena cantaloupes, peppers, cucumbers and pumpkins

• Dave Rogers, Great Meadows, N.J.: leafy greens, scallions and radishes 

Weis Markets regularly purchases locally grown sweet corn, green beans, peaches, nectarines, apples, lettuce, mushrooms, watermelons, cabbage, blueberries, cucumbers, cantaloupes, tomatoes, potatoes, squash and pumpkins.

In Pennsylvania, Weis Markets purchases local produce grown on more than 100 farms in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster, Lycoming, Snyder, Monroe, Northumberland, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties. In Maryland, Weis Markets purchases local produce grown on farms in Washington and Anne Arundel counties. In New Jersey, it purchases local produce grown in Warren County, and in Upstate New York, it purchases produce grown in Orange County.

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