More Than 240 Farmers' Markets Now Open in Virginia

Virginia is seeing an explosion of farmers' markets.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state has more than 240 farmers' markets statewide. That's a 180 percent increase since 2006.

The department says besides the fresh farm products sold at these markets, it also makes economic sense to buy locally. A Cooperative Extension survey found that if every household in the state spent $10 a week on locally grown products, consumers would be investing $1.65 billion back into the economy.

To find a local farmers' market, the state maintains a list of markets region by region. It can be found at

Farmers' markets are not limited to Virginia.

D.C.'s favorite farmers markets have also come out of hibernation.

Click here to see a list of some of the area's farmers' markets.

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