Rusty Dennen writes about the environment and the great outdoors.
Find local produce and CSAs
The weather’s turned, for now, and local farmers are gearing up for their roadside stands and markets at Hurkamp Park, in Spotsylvania, and elsewhere. Fresh asparagus, for one, will soon be available, followed sugar snap peas, and then summer’s bounty of squash, beans, tomatoes, corn, melons, fruit, and one of my personal favorites, new potatoes. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers list of farmer’s markets across the state. Here’s the one for the Fredericksburg area. Also, this is a good time to sign up for one of the many community supported agriculture (CSA) programs in the region. Customers typically buy shares for a season’s worth of fruit, vegetables, eggs, even pumpkins and Christmas trees. Find that list of local participants here. VDACS says that buying from local growers can be a huge boost to the state’s economy. It says that if Virginians spent $10 a week on local farm products, it would add $1.65 billion to local economies each year.