Justin McKenzie has had six years of experience at farmers markets; two as a vendor; two as a market aide; and two as Charlottesville City Market Manager. As a vendor Justin sold fresh produce, cut flowers, and mushrooms. In his time as a vendor he grew to love the market atmosphere and the positive impact it had on the local community. After studying Urban Planning and Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University he returned to his hometown, Charlottesville, to work at the City Market. In 2016, Justin was named the City Market Manager and has helped continue Charlottesville’s long tradition of having the best farmers market in the region and state; Charlottesville has placed in the Top 3 markets in the country the past two years (2016 & 2017, according to American Farmland Trust). Justin believes strongly that markets have the unique ability to bring people together, support local business, and help people live healthy lifestyles.