Agencies | Governor
Search Virginia.Gov
left side bordertwitter iconfacebook iconinstagram iconflickr iconeva iconright side border
Press Releases

September 25, 2017
Virginia Capitol Farmers’ Market Celebrates Feed Virginia Day of Action
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, VDACS – 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is partnering with the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide and the office of First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to host a pop-up farmers’ market just off Capitol Square on Friday, Sept. 29. The pop-up market, offering fresh locally grown farm products to consumers, will be held in recognition of the inaugural statewide Feed Virginia Day of Action, an activity promoting awareness of the need for improved food access and strengthened connections throughout Virginia’s food system.

The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Governor and Bank Streets, in front of the James Madison state office building. Vendors include Agriberry, Amy's Garden, Byrd Farm, Sub Rosa Bakery and Red Cap Patisserie (bread and baked goods), Wandering Cow Farm (soaps/felted wool critters), Wild Earth Farm (fermented foods), King of Pops (popsicles using local ingredients), Plants with Purpose (fruit bearing plants such as blueberry, figs and raspberry) and Birdie's Pimento Cheese.

The Richmond market is part of the inaugural statewide Feed Virginia Day of Action celebration with more than 250 events hosted by food banks, schools, farms, nonprofits and others. The day will feature a variety of activities, from packing weekend food backpacks for kids to gleaning excess crops for donation. It is an opportunity for all Virginians to join the fight against hunger by volunteering with local organizations and supporting the Council’s work to improve food access and strengthen connections throughout the food system.

“Virginia has an abundance of agricultural resources but nutritious, affordable food is still out of reach for far too many families,” said First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. “I am pleased to partner with so many incredible organizations and volunteers in our efforts to strengthen Virginia’s food system. The involvement of groups across Virginia, from schools to farms to food banks, shows the impact and importance of this issue in every corner of the Commonwealth. Through the Feed Virginia Day of Action, we will be able to accelerate our work of bridging the nutritional divide and together advance the work of building a food system that works for all Virginians.”

Virginia has nearly 250 farmers’ markets operating this year - compared to 88 in 2006 - with 3,500 farmers selling directly to the public. “Farmers’ markets are an important part of Virginia’s local food system,” said Sandy Adams, VDACS Commissioner. “They enhance the rural economy while supporting farmland preservation. These markets deliver healthy eating options for patrons by providing access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and they can serve as an economic and social bridge between Virginia’s urban and rural comminutes.”

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files.