2013 PRESS RELEASES
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August 9, 2013
AS FARMERS’ MARKET WEEK CLOSES, VIRGINIA LEARNS ITS MARKETS HAVE HAD ANOTHER GROWTH SPURT
~ July 26 news release lists 230 markets in Virginia; August 6 report ups number to 246 markets ~
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686
July 26, 2013: the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) sent a news release saying, “Farmers’ markets in Virginia continue to grow in popularity, from 88 markets in 2006 to more than 230 markets this year. How many other segments of the economy have seen growth of more than 160 percent in just seven years?”
August 6, 2013: the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new data on the growth of farmers’ markets in America that said, “Among the areas that boast the most farmers markets, California takes the top spot with 759 markets, followed by New York with 637. The remainder of the top ten are: Illinois (336); Michigan (331); Ohio (300); Pennsylvania (290); Massachusetts (289); Wisconsin 286); Missouri & Virginia (tie) (246); Iowa & North Carolina (tie) (229).” That is a 180 percent increase in markets since 2006.
Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS Commissioner, said, “I am delighted that we need to update a recent news release so soon. We certainly don’t want to sit on this information until next year’s Farmers’ Market Week. With these latest figures from USDA, we have seen a 180 percent increase in the number of farmers’ markets in Virginia since 2006.”
Farmers’ Market Week ends August 10, but most markets will stay open through September or October. If last year is any predictor, 50 to 55 of them will stay open through the holidays or all year long. Consumers may find farmers’ markets in Virginia at VirginiaGrown.com.