Lehigh Valley Live reports demand for local and sustainable food at Pennsylvania farmers markets has farmers selling out quickly.

Jean Nick, owner of Happy Farm near Kintnersville, Penn., sets up at the four-hour farmers’ market but runs out of grass-fed poultry, lamb and eggs in a quarter of the time. Sustainable agriculture, which Nick says is healthier for people, the environment and local economy, puts an emphasis on local foods made with minimal effects on the environment.

Many sustainable farmers run smaller operations receive little access to subsidies and have a more difficult time keeping up with agriculture laws. With smaller operations, most sustainable farms are not efficient enough and have to charge more for their products.

Marilyn Anthony, director of the southeast region of the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture, said most food is produced by a small amount of farms and transported across the country. She claims that system is not what most people want.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live