Buy Local Links

There are a lot of ways to buy local these days but sometimes it’s hard to find them.  Here are a few sites that can direct you to local farms, farmers markets, and CSAs.  You’ll find Middle Fork Farm listed on the sites below!

Local Harvest is an easy to use searchable national website for local and organic food.  It was started in 1998 in Santa Cruz, CA and continues to grow.  It now lists over 2000 farms and CSAs.  Check out LocalHarvest.org

Pick Your Own (http://www.pickyourown.org/) is an international searchable website that, as the name says, lists pick you own farms but there’s so much more.  I first found this site years ago when I was looking for canning recipes.  There are plenty of recipes and they are illustrated and easy to follow.  Additionally, there’s info on canning supplies and pick your own pumpkins and corn mazes.  (http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/VApumpkins.php)

Have you seen the BuyFreshBuyLocal stickers on cars or at farmers markets? They are part of a national campaign started in VA by the Piedmont Environmental Council in 2006.  They promote local farm fresh goods and value-added products to individuals, institutions, and restaurants.  Their website https://www.buylocalvirginia.org/ lists farms, CSAs, farmers markets, and pick your own farms.

Virginia Grown is a state supported website (http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vagrown/) that lists farmers markets, farms, and CSAs by region.  They also provide a helpful list of VA food festivals, what’s in season throughout the year, and, of course, recipes.