Sales from Christmas trees and locally grown products are helping to stimulate Virginia's agriculture industry.
Christmas is a good time of year for the agriculture industry. While retailers count on Black Friday for a boost, farmers often start to make profits with their locally grown products. Trees and special meals also help the industry.
Virginia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Matt Lohr says the state's agriculture and agri-tourism receive a big boost this time of the year.
"It's giving folks the opportunity to go to a farm," he says. "You pick pumpkins, or [visit] orchards or vineyards, or bed and breakfasts, to really experience the feel of what agriculture is like."
Lohr also says while farmers are always there and their products promote the state's economy and healthier lifestyles all year long, the holidays allow consumers to get to know those who are growing their food.