RICHMOND, Va. (WNEW/AP) — The explosion of farmers’ markets in Virginia could give the economy a major boost.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state has more than 240 farmers’ markets statewide. That’s a 180 percent increase since 2006.
The department says besides the fresh farm products sold at these markets, it also makes economic sense to buy locally. A Cooperative Extension survey found that if every household in the state spent $10 a week on locally grown products, consumers would be investing $1.65 billion back into the economy.
There are more than 30 local farmers’ market in northern Virginia, according to a state-maintained list of markets region by region. The list can be found at VirginiaGrown.com.
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