WOODSTOCK,Va. (Shenandoah Forum)-- Shenandoah Forum, a non-profit volunteer organization established in 2001, just released the first edition of its 'Farm Guide'.
Profiling the county's deep farming traditions, Shenandoah Forum's NEW local agriculture and farm guide showcases the remarkable foods, products and services available to county residents and visitors.
With the theme "Enjoy Our County's Bounty!," Shenandoah Grown lists farmers' markets, farm stands, growers, meat producers, wineries and farm selling hay, wood and a variety of other farm-related products.
The guide connects county citizens and visitors to the diversity of local food and farm opportunities and talents that exist within the county.
Shenandoah Grown builds on the Forum's seasonal $10-a-week promotions to strengthen the local farm economy over the past two years. Local growers hope to capture more of the $9.6 million a year in potential farm income identified by a state Farm-To-Table study in 2010.
Shenandoah Grown also features a map locating the farm producers along with other valued resources: Civil War battlefields, the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, the George Washington National Forest, land permanently protected by conservation easements, the six historic towns on Route 11 and Basye-Bryce. The map shows the links between Shenandoah County's rural character, farm vitality and natural and historic assets.
Following the release of the printed guide, the Forum plans to develop a online listing by the fall.