19 Virginia Farmers Market Achieve Gold Certification!

Congratulations to the 2024 Virginia Gold Certified Farmers Markets!

19 farmers markets achieved Gold certification status this year. They include:

  • Blacksburg Farmers Market
  • Charlottesville City Market
  • Downtown South Boston Farmers Market
  • Falls Church Farmer Market
  • Goochland Farmers Market
  • Historic Manassas Farmers Market
  • Hopewell Farmers Market
  • Lynchburg Community Market
  • Manakin Market (Goochland County)
  • Marion Farmers Market
  • Powhatan Village Farmers Market
  • River Street Market (Petersburg City)
  • Rocky Mount Farmers Market
  • RVA Big Market (Richmond City)
  • Salem Farmers Market
  • Smithfield Farmers Market
  • South of the James Farmers Market (Richmond City)
  • Surry County Farmers Market
  • Williamsburg Farmers Market

The Virginia Certified Farmers Market System is a certification program that recognizes farmers markets that meet and exceed industry best practices in 11 categories.

As the gold standard for farmers markets in Virginia, certification refers to markets that are managed using best practices in categories such as food safety, food origin, food access, public safety, and consumer education.

The standards of the program, which is open to all Virginia markets, were developed by an advisory committee made-up of market managers, state agency and university staff.

See the full set of standards.