LNP recently wrote about the rapid rise in organic produce across Pennsylvania. As it is with most other agricultural production, Lancaster County is leading the way in this increase. The article says that the sale of certified organic products in Pennsylvania doubled in 2016. Organic products accounted for $660 million, or about 9% of all agricultural products in Pennsylvania. This is already a significant portion of Pennsylvania’s agriculture, and it will only continue to grow. According to the LNP article one in every four organic operations in Pennsylvania is located in Lancaster County.
Part of the article focuses on Ebenezer Groceries in Ephrata and its owner, Jonah Dodd. Ebenezer Groceries is a discount grocery store. But Jonah has dedicated a large portion of his store to the sale of organic produce, even though organic produce costs a little more than his other items. Grocery stores like Whole Foods and Wegmans will soon be established in Lancaster County. These stores have committed to featuring local produce, including certified organic produce. It is telling that the demand for organic products comes from a wide range of shoppers, from more expensive stores like Whole Foods to discount stores like Ebenezer Groceries. This tells me that the desire for organic produce, meat, eggs, dairy, etc., is not a passing fancy. This demand is only going to increase, and Lancaster County farmers will continue to lead the way in this area.
Aaron Marines is an attorney at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received his law degree from Widener University and practices in a variety of areas including Commercial Real Estate, Land Use, Land Planning and Zoning matters.