If you're thinking about the holidays already - and who isn't – the Virginia Department of Agriculture is making it easy to shop for locally produced "Virginia Grown" for gifts this holiday season. There are dozens of Virginia farmers that are growing Christmas trees this year. And for gift shopping, you can find just about anything your heart could desire, including bakery products, beers and wines, and a whole range of specialty products to make this a cheery holiday.
If you're thinking you'd like to buy bakery products for gifts this year, and you know that local product presentation would be just what it takes to make your gift special, just go to the VDACS home page and select the "Buy Virginia Grown" link in the upper left hand corner. The rollover menu lists a number of links. Select specialty products. When the page comes up you can choose "Bakery Products" from the top of the list. Select it and you will get an alphabetized list of 100 local Virginia bakery retailers, l, from Arlington to Yorktown Market Days in Yorktown. If you prefer, you can filter your search by a number of options, including agritourism markets, farmers markets, pick your own and organic, as well as others. You can search by zip code or by typing in the name of a location.
That's just the beginning, of course. The candy and confections category I was intrigued by Betty Jane's Sweet Delights, Inc., in Vienna,Va., and Chocolate Cravings in Richmond.
If you like nuts, and Virginia is known for one special kind – peanuts - you could try Adam's Peanuts and Country Store in Waverly, or select any option in the Nut and Nut Products category of specialty products.
People who like homemade flour and cornmeal have a wide selection to choose from, including those from Byrd Mill Company in Ashland, Granny Roddy's in Annandale, and counless others..
After you select your gifts this year you might like to purchase a locally-grown Christmas tree to put them under; if so, there are dozens of Virginia grown options. Again, just go back to the Virginian grown web page, select the Buy Virginia Grown link and then choose the Christmas Tree category.
The place to start is here.