Local Fresh Food Movement Growing Throughout the Valley

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The movement to bring locally grown food to the dinner table is growing in the Valley and helping bring tourism into the area.

Local farmers say more people want to have a connections with their food.

In fact, this trend has grown so fast, some farmers say they struggle to keep up with the high demand.

Jordan Green, the owner of J & L Green Farm, said "To us that is mind blowing that we just wanted to have a small farm and provide ourselves with an income. But, there is such a demand for these clean local foods that is not being met."

Green said selling locally makes it easier for farmers to stay in business.

"It's killing our livelihood and our lifestyle. Unless we make changes, we are going to go the way of the horse and carriage," said Green.

Green said when he sells locally, 100 percent of the money comes right back to farmers.

Plus, restaurants selling local products say it increases the number of tourists coming into the area.

Jeff Hill, the managing partner of Local Chop and Grill, said this is a way to showcase what the Valley has to offer.

"When I go to different places, the first thing I want to do is try the different foods, different cuts and ethnicities because I want to get the true experience of where I am," said Hill.

Now, this is a way for our food to come full circle, from our backyard to our dinner table.

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