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.
You can find a list of farmers' markets across Virginia here.
Nestled in almost every corner of Virginia is a small operation transforming something that's just edible--into a delectably palatable creation.
Some can only be found in mom and pop stores, farmer's markets, and, occasionally, the larger grocer or restaurant chains. But every two years, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services showcases these businesses and their products at the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo.
What will it be like to live in the New River Valley over the next twenty years?
Well, that depends on what happens now that a 3 year study on livability in the NRV is complete and ready to be acted upon.
More than 3,000 people from all over the New River Valley weighed in on which issues they’re most concerned about for the future of this region; including housing, transportation, energy, environment, and cultural assets which define this part of south western Virginia.
It’s no surprise that California and Arizona top the list of states installing solar power, but Virginia’s neighbors - Maryland and North Carolina - are in the top ten. Critics say Virginia is a “dark spot” on the map because government policies don’t promote green energy. Now, however, the state legislature has approved a bill that will bring down one barrier to solar power.