Why Buy Local?
Farm and Food Facts for
Virginia's Northern Piedmont
90% of the food consumed in the region's food system is produced outside of it, totaling $7 billion/year in loss of potential revenue to local communities
70% of the region’s farmers reported a financial loss during the last agricultural census in 2012.
If each resident purchased $5 of food from the region’s farmers each week, it would generate $793 million of new income for our farmers.
Buying locally-grown foods and beverages helps our region’s farmers keep farming, supports the local economy, and maintains the region’s rural character.