VDACS News Releases
April 27, 2017
Farmers’ Markets Flourish in Virginia, Providing an Array of Products and Economic Benefits
The Commonwealth has more than 230 farmers’ markets in rural and urban areas
Contact: Dawn Eischen, 804.786.1904
Many of Virginia’s farmers’ markets are now open throughout the state, offering a variety of fresh, locally-grown products to satisfy shoppers’ culinary interest and curiosity. While some markets operate year-round, many others are seasonal, opening in May and continuing through October. Buying Virginia grown products at farmers’ markets supports the local economy.
“One of the best ways to support your local economy is to purchase locally-grown agricultural products,” said VDACS Commissioner Sandy Adams. “In fact, research by the Virginia Cooperative Extension has shown that if each household spent $10 a week on local products, an additional $1.65 billion would be invested back into the Commonwealth’s local economy each year.”
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) maintains a directory of Virginia farmers’ markets on VirginiaGrown.com to help consumers find local markets. The web site allows customers to search by region, zip code or product and find markets throughout most communities across the Commonwealth.
Virginia Farmers’ Markets Fast Facts
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. Farmers’ markets can add or update their listing on VirginiaGrown.com or by notifying VDACS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Source: United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service
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