Virginia celebrates farmers' market week August 6 through 12

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The number of farmers’ markets has increased tremendously in Virginia in the past few years — from 88 in 2006 to more than 250 today.

In celebration of the valuable role they hold in people’s lives throughout the commonwealth, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has designated Aug. 6 through 12 as Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.

Farmers’ markets offer healthy eating options for shoppers with a variety of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

According to a news release, a 2017 economic impact study by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia showed that agriculture has an economic impact of $70 billion annually and provides more than 334,000 jobs in the state.

In honor of Farmers’ Market Week, the Virginia Food Access Network, which is an initiative created under the direction of first lady Dorothy McAuliffe to help end childhood hunger in Virginia, has listed farmer’s markets that are part of the federal nutrition programs.

Visit to find a list of farmers markets throughout the state.

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