Crater Planning District launches guide to connect people with local produce

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: June 10, 2018 | 1:15 p.m.

‘Buy Fresh, Buy Local’ guide features local farmers’ markets, growers

PRINCE GEORGE – In recent years, there has been increased interest and concern in Virginia and across the country, in identifying food deserts. Food deserts are usually rural areas where residents do not have access to local farmers, or the big chain grocery stores, where fresh fruits and vegetables can be plentiful. These food deserts have been a major cause of concern for families that have not had the option of making more healthy food choices but would do so if the fresh produce was available to them.

The Crater Planning District Commission in conjunction with the national South Centre Corridors Resource Conservation & Development Council and other partners have announced the availability of a new program and regional guide to fresh Local produce titled “Buy Fresh, Buy Local.”

The guide provides the location of all farmers’ markets within the entire district, which includes Prince George, Dinwiddie, the Tri-Cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg, Sussex, Surry, Charles City, Greensville, and Emporia, as well as a listing of local Farmers, their contact information, and the produce and products they have to sell. This guide will help to connect consumers and restaurants in our communities to the freshest locally-grown produce and products available throughout the entire Crater District region.

“This regional guide, “Buy Fresh, Buy Local.,” will introduce farmers and consumers to area farmers’ markets, where residents can buy the freshest produce, and family farmers can sell their products,” said Dennis Morris, Executive Director, Crater PDC. “In addition to listing the local farms, farmers, and the produce and products they have for sale, the guide also gives the locations of all 19 local farmers’ markets located throughout the Crater District.” 

The Prince George Farmers’ Market is featured among the dozen different markets across the Crater Region.

This listing is free to all farmers and growers in the Crater district, and 88 local farmers have already signed up. Farmers not already appearing in the guide can fill out the application, which can be found right in the guide and return it to the Crater PDC.

With the exception of Sussex, local farmers’ markets are located in all of these communities and offer a large variety of fresh locally-grown vegetables, produce, canned and pickled items, home-baked bread and desserts, and so much more! All of these farmers’ markets, the locations, and hours of operation are identified in the guide. Several of these communities actually have more than one farmers’ market, and surprisingly, three of these markets are open year-round. These include the farmers’ markets in the cities of Colonial Heights and Emporia and the Huguenot-Robious Farmers’ Market in Chesterfield County.

Many community residents and restaurants have tremendously improved the quality and taste of their food while helping to support local farmers. The “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” regional guide is distributed throughout the Crater Region at all 19 farmers markets, chambers of commerce, local government administration buildings, and many other localities throughout the Crater District.

The guide can also be found on the LOVE Happens in the Best PART of Virginia website at petersburgarea.org.

For additional information, e-mail- rcdcouncilscc@gmail.com or call (804) 861-1666.

“Just five years ago, there were only about six farmers’ markets in the entire Crater district. There are now 19,” said Morris. “Residents and restaurants are now more interested in obtaining good fresh local produce when it is in-season. This guide is a great way to let all the local farmers showcase their produce, and at the same time inform residents and restaurants where they can buy the absolute freshest and best produce—which is directly from our area farmers, or at our wonderful Farmer’s Markets.”

Buy fresh, buy local. It just makes sense for area residents, restaurants, farmers and growers, Farmers’ markets, and all our communities! 

Over 20,000 of these guides are hot-off-the-press. Be sure to get your copy of this invaluable guide today. 

There’s just nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwich, made from a fresh Virginia tomato—except perhaps of course, just maybe, a fresh juicy ear of Virginia-grown sweet corn, slathered with homemade Virginia butter!

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