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Looking forward to spring

Local extension agent Guy Mussey offered some useful tips in House & Home section recently for those of you who’d like to grow some of your own food this year. Knowing when to start your seeds and when to transplant are basic parts of garden planning, and Mussey will help you get started here.

If you like fresh-picked produce but you’d rather buy it than grow it, you have reason to be getting excited, as well.

Today, farmer’s market managers from around our region will meet in Spotsylvania County for a managers’ meeting put together by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. They’re getting organized for another growing season at the meeting, which will run most of today at Spotsylvania’s Lee Hill Community Center.

Speaking of that, Spotsylvania will soon host a meeting for current and prospective vendors at its own farmers’ markets, which open April 23. That meeting will take place March 14, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the King George office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, at 10087 Kings Highway. Market manager Elizabeth Borst reports that the county is considering a new fee structure for the market this year that could make it easier for small, backyard producers to sell at the market.