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July 29, 2014
GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS AUGUST 3–9 AS FARMERS’ MARKET WEEK IN VIRGINIA

Support local farmers and celebrate the bounty of Virginia agriculture at markets across the state.
Contact: Sarah Pennington, 804.786.1904

It’s the best time to enjoy the bounty of the summer season. At farmers’ markets across the Commonwealth, families will find Virginia Grown tomatoes, corn, squash, peaches, melons, berries, flowers and more harvested at the peak of flavor, freshness and nutrition. To celebrate, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaims August 3-9, 2014 as “Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.”

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), there are more than 200 farmers’ markets statewide. These markets play a vital role in giving Virginia farms direct access to consumers, and consumers direct access to farmers. Farmers’ markets spur economic development, foster community engagement, support local farmers and provide fresh, nutritious food for Virginians.

Virginians can find markets in rural and urban neighborhoods across the state. In many Virginia communities, farmers’ markets have increased in number and popularity over the years. To celebrate Virginia Farmers’ Market Week, VDACS offers a few suggestions:

VDACS maintains a list of Virginia farmers’ markets by region on VirginiaGrown.com. Farmers’ markets are invited to add or update their listing. Market managers, vendors and consumers are encouraged to follow VDACS on Twitter and Facebook and use the social media hashtag #VirginiaGrown to share what’s fresh throughout the season.

VDACS posts all of its news releases on Facebook and Twitter. To receive immediate updates, follow us on Twitter @VaAgriculture or like us on facebook.com/VaAgriculture.

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