On our one millionth consecutive day of rain, it’s hard to close our eyes to the bounty that will come our way shortly. Yet, the month of May marks the traditional beginnings for many farm stands, farm markets, and pick-your-own produce. So there is beauty that will come from the natural irrigation we have been receiving for multiple days.
Our region benefits from the bounty with over 200 venues listed in the Virginia Grown guide, www.virginiagrown.com. As more people become interested in locavore issues and products so plentifully grown in the Piedmont’s backyard, it is possible to achieve limited miles with maximum freshness. Not only is the consumer the beneficiary of Virginia Grown fruits, vegetables, organics, and proteins, but the farmers themselves, the growers, have found a new following of groupies who seek out the freshness from the land.
The meeting of the farmer’s product and the consumer’s purchasing power further enhances our region’s popularity.