Farmers' Market Week Impacting Economy

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The commonwealth is celebrating Virginia farmers this week.

Part of Virginia Farmers' Market Week is pledging to spend at least $10 at your local farmers' market on local produce. By doing that at the Harrisonburg Farmer's Market, you'd be helping contribute about $1 million to the local economy.

The Harrisonburg Farmer's Market is a producer-only one, meaning produce is directly from farms, not bought and resold at the market.

There have been at least nine new vendors in the last two years as the market continues to grow.

Grant Bentz is the field manager at Hickory Hill Farm, the first farm at the market when it started. He said by shopping at the market, you also have the chance to ask vendors how to use a piece of produce even if you're familiar with the fruit or vegetable.

Plus, Bentz said it's simply fresh.

"Instead of sending your money to some large corporation elsewhere, for the products you might buy in the grocery store, you're spending those dollars on local folks who may spend their dollars with your products elsewhere," said Bentz.

There are more than 200 farmers' markets across the Commonwealth. Harrisonburg's has actually become so popular there's now a waiting list.


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