Working Farms and Food

Our 2014 Buy Fresh Buy Local guides have been released! In total, the guides will be sent to 265,761 homes in Virginia's Piedmont. Among the listings are 309 local farms and orchards, 30 farmers markets, 77 wineries and distilleries, 73 restaurants and caterers, and 45 retailers.

You can view the online versions of our three chapter guides below:

Loudoun County

Northern Piedmont
(includes listings in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange & Rappahannock Counties)

Charlottesville Area
(includes listings in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, & Nelson Counties)

More About Buy Fresh Buy Local

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) launched Virginia's first Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign in 2006 with the goal of supporting local farmers, productive agricultural lands and rural economies by helping consumers easily find and purchase locally produced foods. Today you can find 9 Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters throughout the state of Virginia. The Piedmont Environmental Council is the regional coordinator of three of those chapters—Northern Piedmont, Charlottesville Area, and Loudoun County—and is the state-wide coordinator for the website.

PEC creates food guides and marketing materials, conducts educational outreach, and helps to develop new market outlets for farmers by building networks of producers, business owners, community organizations and consumers that are dedicated to the local food movement.

Buy Fresh Buy Local Virginia supports local farms, retailers, restaurants and food businesses by promoting local farm and food products to consumers. Our program includes local food producers of all philosophies who are interested in connecting with local markets. Our website and guides include farms that use conventional, alternative, traditional, chemical and organic practices. We encourage consumers to ask their restaurants and grocers about their local purchasing habits, and to get to know their farmers and the farming practices they use to produce the food you eat.

Local Buy Fresh Buy Local campaigns are coordinated in partnership with FoodRoutes Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local foods efforts across the country.


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