• Easter Sheep, Goat Market Reflects Changing Traditions

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    Just as turkey has supplanted goose as the quintessential Thanksgiving meal, many consumers now pick up a ham instead of sheep or goat meat for Easter.

    Small ruminants, though, have been part of Western religious celebrations since the first Passover, and they continue to play an important, if chang ...  Full Story

  • Sweet Corn Growers Watch the Weather

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    It is only Easter weekend, but sweet corn growers already have their eyes set on the Fourth of July.

    Despite a cold spring that has kept farmers out of the fields longer than normal, sweet corn growers could still have corn to sell by their traditional summer benchmark.

    This week brought a mix of we ...  Full Story

  • More Than Just the Easter Bunny

    Tabitha Goodling Central Pa. Correspondent

    LEWISTOWN, Pa. — Rabbits are more than just pets, says a Mifflin County, Pa., woman.

    Julianne Cahill of Lewistown tries her best to familiarize people with the multiple purposes of raising rabbits.

    Cahill is a full-time reporter for the Lewistown Sentinel, but she spends much of her free time ...  Full Story

  • Food-Safety Audits Leave Room for Interpretation

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    EPHRATA, Pa. — In the past few years, many grocery stores and other food companies have adopted a standardized food safety inspection for their farmer suppliers.

    While the program cuts down on the chaos of farmers having a different audit for each of their wholesale customers, Luke LaBorde, a ...  Full Story

  • Cows to Candy: Milk Featured at Confectioners Conference

    Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

    LANCASTER, Pa. — Peter Cottontail is prepping to hop down the bunny trail, and there is a good chance the Easter goodies in his basket have some sort of milk ingredient.

    So, just how important is milk to candy-making? Important enough to be the featured ingredient at this week’s annual ...  Full Story

  • The Wearing of Many Hats: What Is the Role of the Farm Market Manager?

    Anne Harnish Food and Family Features Editor

    EXTON, Pa. — Customers are seeking out farmers markets more and more with the lure of finding the freshest local vegetables and the latest trends in meats, eggs, breads, cheese and other dairy products. And, farmers are looking for well-performing farmers markets where they can earn more incom ...  Full Story

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