LYNCHBURG, Va. – Distributors on the Lynchburg Neighborhood Market marked Virginia Farmers Market Week on Tuesday.
Gov. Ralph Northam proclaimed Aug. 1-7 as Virginia Farmers’ Market Week to acknowledge farmers markets within the Commonwealth and encourage Virginians to buy contemporary farm merchandise immediately from native producers.
To assist acknowledge the week, Northam and members of his employees will probably be visiting farmers markets across the state.
“Virginia farmers’ markets are a essential ingredient to Virginia’s agriculture economic system connecting rural to city, enhancing native meals programs, and supporting wholesome communities,” mentioned Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. “Along with offering domestically grown vegetables and fruit, nutritious protein choices, and different domestically produced meals gadgets, markets showcase the sights, sounds, and uniqueness of a locality and foster a way of group amongst their clients.”
“Farmers markets present farmers, particularly new and starting farms, the chance to promote their merchandise on to shoppers. This helps develop farm companies and supplies farmers a chance to coach and begin a dialogue with their clients about agriculture, farming practices, and environmental stewardship,” mentioned VDACS Commissioner Brad Copenhaver.
August is prime season for Virginia produce, and the greater than 280 farmers’ markets within the state are overflowing with a wide range of contemporary fruit and greens. Shoppers can look forward to finding inexperienced beans, berries, tomatoes, candy corn, peaches, peppers, potatoes, eggplants, onions, carrots and extra.
As well as, many farmers markets within the state even have contemporary Virginia Grown meats reminiscent of hen, pork, seafood, and extra.
“The variety of farmers’ markets and roadside stands in Virginia has grown dramatically lately, principally in response to client demand for contemporary, locally-grown agricultural merchandise and the will for folks to attach with the place their meals comes from,” mentioned Kim Hutchinson, Government Director, Virginia Farmers Market Affiliation. “Along with contemporary produce and different agricultural merchandise, farmers’ markets have grow to be a central web site for group engagement by means of leisure, festivals, vintage reveals, plant gross sales, and different occasions.”
Many Virginia farmers markets additionally present elevated contemporary meals entry by permitting clients to buy utilizing the Supplemental Diet Help Program (SNAP), double their buying energy by means of Virginia Recent Match, and redeem vouchers for nutritious produce by means of WIC Farmers Market Diet Program and Senior Farmers Market Diet Program.
Shoppers are inspired to seek for a neighborhood market at www.virginiagrown.com or at https://vafma.org/virginia-markets. Shoppers ought to name forward to study in regards to the market’s present operation.
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