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Virginia releases pick-your-own guide

Looking for fresh, local produce, flowers, meats and more? Look no further than the 2007 Virginia Grown Guide to Pick-Your-Own and Select-Your-Own Farm Products, available free to the public in hard copy and online.

Published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Guide features 135 listings for locations across the Commonwealth that sell exceptional Virginia-produced fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, honey, meats, poultry, eggs, fish, seafood and fiber products directly to consumers.

The Guide makes it simple to find what’s available nearby. Sellers are listed by county or city and each listing includes product details, directions, hours and contacts, plus e-mail and Web addresses if available.

A Special Comments section adds information about unique and special features, activities, festivals, tours, lectures and other events and attractions planned for each location.

An availability chart indicates approximate dates when produce will be ready for picking or purchase although it’s always best to call ahead to ensure product availability. A map showing Virginia counties is included to help determine the location of the most convenient farms and markets.

In the printed version, the index lists farms and markets by product categories so you can quickly find where your favorites are sold. The index also has a separate list of the farmers markets across the state as well as lists of farms that offer special features such as flowers and plants, organic and natural products, group or school tours, vacations and educational programs.

For a free copy of the Guide, or for information about listing your farm in the Guide, write “Virginia Grown Guide,” Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P. O. Box 1163, Richmond, Va. 23218, or call 804-371-0446.

You may also submit information about your farm for the online Guide to

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