Virginians need not leave the Old Dominion during the holiday season for their food and beverage purposes as the state is very well equipped to accommodate them from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, according to a press release issued by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Virginia peanuts and snack foods produced by Virginia's Finest are perfect to snack on during parades, television specials during the holiday season and football games. Turkey, beef and ham developed in Virginia mesh very nicely with sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin and apples also grown in state for Christmas dinner.
"I think the most challenging part of farming is actually the marketing end of stuff," farmer Zachary Miller with Timbercreek Organics in Albemarle County told NBC29.com.
Supporting the effort to buy local aids municipal and state economies and helps sustain the agricultural industry. Boosting the state's economy by $55 billion per year and providing jobs to 357,000 people, agriculture is Virginia's biggest industry.
Additional ideas include purchasing Christmas trees grown on Virginia farms, oysters and clams from Virginia waters are perfect for New Year's Eve and Virginia vineyards produce many fine wines.