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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages you to Buy Local all year long. When you buy from local farmers, you get maximum freshness, taste and nutrition because your food travels far less from farm to table. Explore to locate farm fresh foods and beverages plus plants, gifts, wool and other non-edible items.

Additional Resources:

Christmas Tree Month Proclamation
Eat Well Guide
- Enter your zip code to find CSAs, farmer's markets, restaurants, and other sources of local food.
Holiday and Winter Markets
Retail Grocers in Virginia
Virginia Organic Directory
Virginia's Finest Directory
Top trends in food are local, artisan ice creams, and more local. In drinks it’s onsite barrel-aged drinks, locally produced beer, craft beer. - National Restaurant Association

Buy Local Craft Breweries
Buy Local Ice Cream

Virginia has dairy farms that add value to their milk by producing ice cream. Other farms purchase milk or cream to make ice cream from their own fruits or berries to sell on the farm. It’s one of the coolest ways to Buy Local in Virginia.

Homestead Creamery
Moo Thru
Finchville Dairy, LLC
Chiles Orchard – Chiles adds their own strawberries and peaches to ice cream to sell at the farm along with peach or apple cider slushies
College Run Farm – The farm churns ice cream at its on-farm store with their own fresh-picked strawberries or blueberries

If you run a Virginia dairy farm and make and sell ice cream, or if you add your own fresh ingredients to make ice cream, please let us know at

Buy Local Restaurants

With the abundance of agricultural products coming from our farms, many Virginia restaurants are earning national attention for their farm-to-table menus and locally sourced ingredients, using the best of what’s currently in season.

A few well-known examples are Amuse at the Virginia Museum of Fines Arts in Richmond, The Magpie in Richmond, Local Roots in Roanoke, Vintage Kitchen in Norfolk, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville and the acclaimed Inn at Little Washington in Rappahannock County. But there are hundreds of others throughout the state.

Here are a few resources to find a farm-fresh meal when dining out:

Virginia farmers’ markets are celebrating spring openings for the 2014 season

This year there are more than 240 markets across the Commonwealth, up from 88 markets in 2005.  During the month of May you’ll find fresh juicy Virginia Grown strawberries in season, along with asparagus, beets, greens, spinach, herbs and onions.  You’ll also find meats, eggs, cheeses, fresh cut flowers, honey and baked goods.  Find the closest market near you by visiting

Market Managers, if you would like to list your Virginia Farmers’ Market, please notify us by e-mailing and we will add your market to the list.

Recipes Using Virginia Products
According to Home Economist Karla Seidita of Cheesecake Farms, Fauquier County, Virginia, you can save money this Thanksgiving by buying local products. “Root vegetables and winter squash are in season at Thanksgiving,” she says. “Check out the produce section for locally grown carrots, onions, butter nut squash, yams, acorn squash and more. Use them for salads as well as side dishes. Seasonal vegetables are an environmentally responsible alternative to the high cost of out-of-season, out-of-region, hot house grown tomatoes, cucumbers and green, red or yellow peppers.”
Find out more about some of your favorite Virginia products:

Beef – Virginia Beef Industry Council

Apples – Virginia Apple Growers Association

Seafood – Virginia Marine Products Board

Virginia Carolina Peanuts

Virginia Wines

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