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VA Boasts Surge In Farmers' Markets

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - 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 VirginiaGrown.com.


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