Virginia guide adds 26 operations to select-your-own list

The 2003-2004 Virginia Grown Guide to Pick-Your-Own and Select-Your-Own Virginia Farm Products has added 26 operations to its list of farms and farmers’ markets where consumers can pick and purchase fresh Virginia-grown produce and more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which publishes the free Guide, has issued an addendum for 2004, which lists the additions and also revises 31 listings in the Guide.

The addendum alphabetizes the new listings according to county or major city and cross-references the revisions with the page number in the Guide. Each listing provides directions, hours, product information, contact names and numbers, and e-mail and Web addresses, if available.

A Special Comments section adds information about activities, festivals, tours, lectures and other special events and attractions planned for participating locations.

Consumers value the Virginia Grown Guide as a listing of sources throughout the state for the Commonwealth’s delicious fresh-grown products, including berries, vegetables, garlic and herbs, peaches, grapes, Asian pears, melons, honey, apples and pumpkins.

It also lists sources for plants, aquaculture products, flowers, meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, organic products, wool, Community Supported Agriculture, and farm vacations. An index in the Guide shows which operations feature specific products.

To obtain a free copy of the Guide or the addendum, please write, “Virginia Grown,” Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, Va. 23218, or call 1-804-786-3951. Please specify if you want only the addendum or the Guide plus addendum.

You can also view the updated Guide on the Web at

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