Virginia is among U.S. produce powerhouses
Virginia is ranked among the Top 10 states for production of many agricultural products. And many of those products can be found in Virginia farmers’ markets!
The commonwealth is ranked seventh nationwide for production of fresh market tomatoes, apples and wine grapes and eighth for peanuts.
You can find plenty of fresh tomatoes and apples at more than 250 farmers’ markets statewide, and many retailers sell Virginia-grown peanuts and Virginia wines. The latter also can be sampled and purchased at wineries across the state.
Not coincidentally, Virginia ranks ninth nationally for direct farm sales, according to findings of a 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture study.
A total of 3,415 Virginia farms reported direct farm sales of food, including value-added products, in 2015.
Virginia also ranked fourth nationwide for direct-to-consumer sales that year.