There's a big push here in Central PA to "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" and now a relatively new website/blog can help you with that task, at least in terms of local Pennsylvania artisans and crafters. Handmade in PA (HiP) features the work of those in Pennsylvania who are creating all sort of handmade goods, from jewelry and clothing to the fine arts and pottery. If it's handmade, and from Pennsylvania, this is the site to check out.
The site features a small but growing directory of PA artisans, and you can help her grow that list! If you are an artisan, drop Tara Gentile a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she'll add you to her list. You can also follow her on Twitter (@handmadeinpa)
The site features write-ups of different crafters, as well as giveaways. This is a great resource that I'm sure will grow exponentially in the weeks and months to come. While Tara is a crafter herself, she is more of a hobbyist, but more importantly is a real fan of homemade goods. She operates the site out of her home in Reading.
I love these types of blogs/sites/organizations that promote local goods and entities. Keep up the good work, Tara! And the rest of you should check it out, bookmark it, and add it to your blog feeds. And remember: Buy Local, Buy Handmade!