The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released results from a first-ever nationwide survey of local food marketing practices.
The survey found that 3,415 Virginia farms brought in a total of $217,343,742 in 2015, landing Virginia 9th in the U.S. for direct farm sales.
Across the nation, 167,009 farms reported a total of $8.7 billion in direct food sales.
The survey includes fresh produce, bottled milk, cheese, meat, jam, cider, and wine and more.
According to Virginia state statistician Herman Ellison, the results of the survey show farmers have taken greater advantage of nearby farm and market opportunities.
Those interested in eating locally can find Virginia-grown produce all over Hampton Roads. Find a market near you here.