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January 27, 2014

Contact: Sarah Pennington, 804.786.1904

Gearharts Chocolates.With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, saying “I love you” is easy with a gift from the heart of Virginia agriculture. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), locally produced and lovingly made Virginia foods, beverages and agriculture products are sure to delight your sweetheart this February 14.

“Whether you are looking for the traditional chocolate candy, a gourmet meal or going for something a little different for your Valentine, you can’t go wrong with gifts that come from Virginia agriculture and specialty food products,” advises VDACS’ Marketing Director Charles Green.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, the Virginia’s Finest® program showcases top-quality, Virginia-produced and processed products that every Valentine is sure to love. The extensive selection includes delectable desserts, tasty snacks, fine beverages, flavorful meats and more. Visit VDACS’ Virginia’s Finest® website for a directory of these delicious Virginia products.

Even in the cooler winter season, there are a variety of farm-fresh, Virginia Grown® products available. Virginians can surprise their sweetheart with gifts like local honey, fine cheeses or irresistible ice cream. Consider giving an entire season of farm-fresh food with a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription. Or, show you’re “nuts for your Valentine” with a gift of heart-healthy Virginia peanuts—salted, seasoned, roasted or even covered in chocolate for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. VDACS’ Virginia Grown® website is a directory of these seasonal Virginia products, farmers markets, CSAs and more.

Virginians looking to wine and dine their Valentine can think local too. The state has a growing selection of restaurants committed to supporting the Commonwealth’s farmers and agriculture products. Check local restaurant directories for dining options with a “farm to table” focus and regionally sourced menus.

For relationships that are fresh or aging like a fine Virginia wine, look no further than the state’s agriculture products for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

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