PEC produces three Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter guides. Learn more about the Charlottesville Area and Loudoun County guides or read about our Northern Piedmont issue below.

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The 2017 Northern Piedmont Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide has been released! If you live in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange or Rappahannock County you should receive a copy of our guide in your mailbox, but you can also check out the web version [pdf] today.

If you own a local farm or food business in the area and would like to be listed online and in future print guides, please visit to sign up!

What's in it:

Our Buy Fresh Buy Local guide helps people find local farms, restaurants and markets. It's released every spring, right around this time. The guide was sent to 75,612 homes, and features over 220 local food producers and businesses. Among the listings are over 155 local farms/orchards, 6 farmers markets, 28 wineries/breweries, 21 restaurants, and 13 retailers all in the Northern Piedmont region.

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Learn more about the Farm at Sunnyside and other local businesses by checking out this year's guide >>
Photo by Marco Sanchez.

Other items include a reminder for upcoming farm tours and festivals, information about the ‘Purely Piedmont’ local food marketing campaign, a fruit and vegetable availability calendar, tips on canning for home and business, and a recipe for a flavorful chuck roast. The guide also features profiles of Lindera Farms, producer of small-batch vinegars, and The Farm at Sunnyside, a Rappahannock farm dedicated to healthy land management and organic vegetable production.

The handy travel map included in the guide is your weekend road map to vegetable, berry and livestock farms with open hours, farmers markets, restaurants, and wineries, breweries and distilleries.

We also highlight a couple PEC projects related to local agriculture -- an update on the land stewardship projects at Roundabout Meadows at Gilbert’s Corner, and a success story from one of our farmland leasing social events.

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You'll also find a profile of Lindera Farms in the guide.

'Thank You' to our partners

We would like to thank the diverse group of businesses who have partnered to bring the guide to Northern Piedmont area residents including:

PATH Foundation, Wegmans, Tricounty Feeds, Fashions and Finds and local food industry sponsors including Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, Virginia Food System Council, Farm Credit, Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour, Fauquier County Agricultural Development Department, Wolf Creek Farm, and Rider's Backfield Farm.

We'd also like to thank volunteer and former PEC Fellow, Mary Collins, for her help updating listings and writing a farm profile.

We hope you enjoy the guide!

If you have any questions about the guide, please contact Jess Palmer, PEC's Farm and Food Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..