August 7-13, 2016 is both Virginia and National Farmers Market Week! Help us celebrate our region's markets by bringing a friend to a local farmers market with you. Let them know how lucky we are to have these gems in our community. We have a recently updated list of markets to help you find one near you. (includes several new markets!)
Or perhaps you would like to work at a farmers market. In that case, take a look at the latest market manager job opening in Richmond. The 17th Street Farmers Market is looking for a market manager.* And also make plans to attend the Virginia Farmers Market Conference in Williamsburg on November 9 & 10. Early bird registration starts this week.
Farmers markets are more than just an outlet for fresh produce and friendly farmers. According to United States Department of Agriculture statistics, these grassroots venues have increased in number by over 60% since 2009 to more than 8,500 today. These markets preserve farmland, stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh nutritious food, improve community health, and promote sustainability. For example, growers selling locally create thirteen full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned while those that do not sell locally only create three.