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Western Pennsylvania Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter Serving the Counties of: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington & Westmoreland

PASA
Chapter Coordinator
Jessy Swisher, 412-365-2985

Buy Fresh Buy Local® Western Pennsylvania is a:

  • REGIONAL BRAND that identifies our region and its abundant supply of local, sustainable, healthy foods.
  • MARKETING CAMPAIGN aimed at increasing awareness of locally grown foods and expanding local markets.
  • ACTIVE LOCAL CHAPTER of a national movement, bringing together consumers and various sectors of the local food system to promote and celebrate great local foods.

NEW!  The Western PA Chapter of BFBL welcomes 1LOCAL to Western PA!

Western PA Buy Fresh Buy Local Partners can showcase their local sourcing practices and community engagement through the 1LOCAL.org self-assessment tool and customized infographic. With 1LOCAL, restaurants, retailers, and farmers markets can build consumer trust by defining what "local" means to them and "opening their books" regarding their local food sourcing practices.

Gain customer loyalty by:

  • Demonstrating transparency
  • Forging community connections
  • Protecting the integrity of our local food economy
  • Taking your communications strategy to the next level
  • Using 1LOCAL!

Not yet a BFBL Partner? Become a Partner and then head over to 1LOCAL.org to sign up for a user login.

#1LOCAL

Consumers and Supporters may engage in the conversation by using the #1LOCAL hashtag on public posts on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to celebrate local foods, farmers and businesses rocking the local food scene—or to call out potential imposters.  View others posting about 1LOCAL at 1LOCAL.org/follow.

Join the Buy Fresh Buy Local Partner Program

Wherever you find a Buy Fresh Buy Local® sign or label – in a store, market or restaurant – you’ve found a business with a commitment to feature local foods and support local producers.  BFBL Partner categories include farms, farmers markets, restaurants, grocers, cooperatives and other local food providers.

To be eligible, you must own, operate, or represent a business in Pennsylvania that sells food or other products grown in Pennsylvania, or made from Pennsylvania-grown products.  Also eligible for participation are businesses that package, distribute and/or handle local food for sale, as long as the products are clearly branded and have their “origin identity” preserved through the retail point of sale.

Review our partner agreement and annual licensing fees and join today! (updated 12/5/2014)


Become a Buy Fresh Buy Local Supporter

Are you an individual consumer or a representative of an organization that is passionate about the local food economy?  Do you support PASA’s efforts to increase demand for local products here in Western PA?  Then join the movement and support the Buy Fresh Buy Local® campaign by becoming a Buy Fresh Buy Local® Supporter now!  Take a look at our brochure for more details.

Please note, organizations that would fall into the category of Supporter may include local government, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, industry associations, and others.  However, if your organization is a farm or food business (such as restaurant, retail store, farmers market, etc), please consider becoming a Buy Fresh Buy Local® Partner.

Buy Fresh Buy Local Steering Committee

Our 2015 BFBL Steering Committee is formed of an active group of engaged consumers and BFBL Partners.  Our Committee members represent diverse interests, skill sets, and perspectives, all united by the desire to strengthen the regional food economy.  The Committee’s work is currently underway to strengthen and expand the Western PA Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local.  Take a look at this Steering Committee Description to learn more about some of the Committee’s efforts.

September Local Food Month

Celebrate Local Food Month this September with the Western PA Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local!

Every September, PASA and the Western PA Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local, along with other organizational partners, join together to celebrate Local Food Month. With a full calendar of events that highlights the bounty of good food found right here in our own neighborhoods, Local Food Month provides the chance to learn more about where your food comes from, how it was produced, and meet the folks who produced and prepared it.  Events range from gardening and homesteading workshops, talks about food regulations, local food dinners, and the chance to meet your local farmers!

Find the full 2015 calendar of Local Food Month events here!

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Find Local Food

Search BuyLocalPa.org for local farms, producers, and businesses supplying local foods.  Also available is the BuyLocalPA app for iPhone.

Meet our 2015 Buy Fresh Buy Local® Partners

Familiarize yourself with Western PA's trusted source for locally grown: our 2015 Buy Fresh Buy Local® Partners!

Resources for BFBL Partners

Watch our online tutorial to learn more about the BFBL Partner program.

 

Review our Best Practices Guide for BFBL Partners to make sure you are getting the most value from the program.

 

Invite your trading partners or other businesses with a commitment to local to join the BFBL Partner program.  Use our invitation template letter and edit it to your liking.

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