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Thu April 17, 2014

Farmers' Markets on the Rise

There are now  more than 240 farmers' markets statewide, an increase of about 180% since 2006.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says if every household in the state spends ten-bucks  a week on locally-grown food, it would mean a $1.6 billion dollar investment back into the economy.

Sarah Pennington with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services explains one incentive.

You can find a list of farmers' markets across Virginia here.

A growing number of farmers’ markets in the state are now set up to accept SNAP benefits—that’s the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—via the Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, card.

Still though, a recent study of "Food Deserts" indicates about 18% of Virginia doesn't have access to fresh, healthy food.