Virginians now have a new tool to help them find locally grown produce. For an interactive listing of roadside stands, farmer's markets, and other sources of Virginia-grown produce, hungry consumers can go to a new Website launched by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at www.virginiagrown.com.
Virginia's Agriculture Commissioner Todd Haymore says in a statement that diversity is the hallmark of Virginia agriculture, and he says the site will help people interested in "eating local" locate items produced in the Commonwealth. It also includes a mapping function to help them get to the farm or the market.
Funding for the new site comes from a federal Specialty Crop Block Grant, designed to boost production and sales of specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables.
Matt McCleskey reports...