Weis Markets, one of the largest purchasers of Pennsylvania agricultural products, recently held a dinner honoring Pennsylvania farmers and local produce distributors who supply its 164 stores with local produce. In 2009, Weis Markets sold more than 24 million pounds of local produce, most of which comes from Pennsylvania farms. The dinner was hosted by Weis Markets’ Chairman Robert F. Weis, Vice Chairman Jonathan Weis, and Company President and CEO David J. Hepfinger. Pennsylvania Agriculture Russell Redding was the featured speaker at the dinner. “Today, buying local is the hot trend in the food business. But here at Weis Markets, it’s been a hot trend for 98 years,” said Weis Markets President and CEO David Hepfinger. “Our local produce suppliers have been the foundation of our buy local programs. Over the years, we steadily expanded our programs and now participate in the PA Preferred program which helps promote locally grown produce and products that are made or processed here in Pennsylvania.” At the dinner, Mr. Hepfinger spoke of the company’s other buy local initiatives including its dairy program. More than 95% of the milk processed at the Company’s dairy plant in Sunbury is supplied by Pennsylvania dairy farmers. In 2009, Weis Markets sold more than a million pounds of its PA Proud Choice Angus beef in and now offers PA Proud poultry and turkey programs. All three programs are supplied by Pennsylvania farmers. The dinner was attended by local produce suppliers from Northeast and Central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster, Lycoming, Snyder, Monroe, Northumberland, Lebanon, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Adams, Dauphin and Schuykill Counties. Weis Markets purchases 19 varieties of seasonal produce from more than 100 Pennsylvania farmers and distributors including: sweet corn, apples, pumpkins, cantaloupes, potatoes, pears, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower and green beans. “We’re proud of our local heritage and the relationships we’ve developed with our growers and suppliers,” said Mickey Stringham, Weis Markets’ Director of Produce. “Quite simply, we live here, we work here and most importantly for the people in this room, we buy here – and we’ve been doing it since 1912.” About Weis Markets Founded in 1912, Weis Markets marked its 98th year of operation in May. It currently operates 164 stores in its home state of Pennsylvania and in Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia. For more information about Weis Markets, Inc., please visit weismarkets.com.