Number of Winter Farmers Markets on the Rise

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.--- The number of farmers market open through the winter is increasing, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Chilly weather on Saturday did not stop shoppers from buying local products at the farmers market in Harrisonburg. During the winter months, the farmers market is only once a week, but the rest of the year, vendors display their products twice a week.

Manager Josie Showalter said the summer is the busiest time at the market. However, the number of customers shopping in the winter, increases every year.

"We have been now open for quite a few winters and we have very committed customers who love the market and come year-round. No matter how cold it is they are here," said Showalter.

She said every year vendors come up with creative ways to bring more products to the winter market.

According to the Virginia Farm Bureau, the Commonwealth was ranked 10 for the winter's farmers markets.


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