Pennsylvania agriculture officials are promoting the state’s fall apples and numerous farmers markets that sell the fruit through a new website.

Pennsylvania promotes apple purchasing at farm stands

The Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Board, a part of the state’s agriculture department, is directing consumers to to locate farmers markets in the state that feature fresh apples.

“Just as the state of Pennsylvania is diverse in terms of people and geography, so are the farm markets,” Karin Rodriguez, the apple marketing program’s executive director, said in a news release. “Depending where you go, a visit to the local market might also include wagon rides through the orchard, a petting zoo, free concerts, educational programs and more.”

Some of Pennsylvania’s bigger farmers markets have become family destinations with activities scheduled throughout the day, she said, while both the larger and smaller markets are run by fifth-, sixth- and sometimes seventh-generation growers, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said Pennsylvania is the fourth-largest apple producing state, growing 440 million pounds a year.

The website features information on production, apple varieties, recipes, farm stand locations as well as processed apple products.