Two Virginia farmers’ markets among winners in national contest

RICHMOND—Two Virginia farmers’ markets topped the balloting in the annual American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market and Charlottesville City Market placed in the Top 5 in all five voting categories: People’s Choice, Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community and Champion for the Environment.

The Charlottesville market placed third in three categories and second in two. The Williamsburg market placed fourth in all five.

“Virginia has some of the best farmers’ markets around, and this is a testament to how much consumers love them,” said Tony Banks, a commodity marketing specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

For more information on the awards, visit

Virginia is home to 259 farmers’ markets. Just 10 years ago, there were only 88. Currently, shoppers can find locally grown pumpkins, apples, broccoli, beets, sweet potatoes, winter squash and more.

To find a farmers’ market near you, visit

Media: Contact Banks at 804-290-1114.

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