- Last Updated on 07:02 AM 01/02/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
According to the USDA’s National Farmers’ Market Directory, 7,828 farmers’ markets were operating in the United States in August.
Of the 3,143 U.S. counties, 33 percent had no farmers’ markets, 29 percent had one market, 21 percent had two or three markets, 12 percent had four to 10 markets, and 5 percent had more than 10 farmers’ markets.
The 143 counties with more than 10 farmers’ markets account for almost 40 percent of the nation’s farmers’ markets. All but 10 are metro-designated counties where higher population concentrations provide a larger customer base.
Half of these 143 counties are located in six states — California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Halifax County is one of the 21 percent of counties with two or more farmers’ markets, according to Virginia Cooperative Extension Program Assistant, ANR William McCaleb.
“Halifax County is also one of those 10 counties that are not in metro-designated areas, making us unique in that respect. We enjoy the fruits of the labors of our growers and vendors, and support our local agricultural communities while keeping our dollars in the communities we live in,” McCaleb said.
“Our local growers are already planning their gardens for the upcoming spring and will be bringing you more diverse and greater amounts of locally grown and ‘Virginia Grown’ produce in 2013,” he added.
“Look forward to enjoying more of our local vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meats and eggs grown by folks who love what they do. I look forward to seeing you at our local farmers and roadside markets in Halifax County in the spring of 2013, enjoying the fruits of the vendors’ labors,” McCaleb said.