Increasing interest in locally grown food is spurring a revival of ancient methods of preserving that food. With all the effort that goes into growing it, the next step is finding ways to store it for future consumption.
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.
Genetically Engineered food has become a hot button in this country. Supporters say cross breeding plants is as old as farming itself. Opponents fear today’s high tech methods have created something that may be dangerous in the long run.
A comment period by USDA ended last week, as scientists and activists continue the debate over the idea of genetically modified crops.