Virginia Farmers Markets Thriving

Nineteen more Virginia farmers markets have achieved gold status, surpassing industry standards in food safety, access, and support for local farms. These markets play a vital role in sustaining Virginia’s agricultural community, offering a lifeline amidst rising costs due to high inflation right now. With over 41,500 farms in the state, these markets provide crucial support, reducing failure rates for participating farms. The farmers markets provide safe, welcoming spaces for shoppers. The certification highlights the commitment to excellence in supporting local agriculture.