In acknowledgment of the 3,500 farm families who produce fresh vegetables in Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed August “Produce Month.”

“Pennsylvania ranks in the top 10 nationally in several vegetable varieties,” says Governor Rendell. “Contributing more than $119 million to the commonwealth’s economy each year, our vegetable producers work hard to deliver healthy, homegrown produce to Pennsylvanian’s tables.”

Pennsylvania ranks third, nationally, in pumpkins; sixth in snap beans for processing; seventh in sweet corn for the fresh market and in cantaloupes; and eighth in sweet corn for processing and fresh market tomatoes.

Launched by Governor Edward G. Rendell in 2004, the PA Preferred program showcases the best Pennsylvania has to offer through branding high quality foods that are grown or processed in Pennsylvania.