Governor Northam visits Dairy Market for Virginia Agriculture Week

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – Dairy Market in Charlottesville is honoring its retailers and farmers behind The corporations all by way of the week of June 14 to June 18. Coinciding with Virginia’s Agriculture Week, Governor Ralph Northam stopped by the market Wednesday morning to get in on the celebration.

“They’re actually the againbone of our financial system, to see all Of these companies,” Northam said. “It’s Solely A lovely venue.”

Northam, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, and College of Virginia President Jim Ryan toured the market, stopping To converse with distributors like Ken Smith, proprietor of Moo Through.

“We’d like some recognition of the dairy enterprise,” Smith said. “How important It is to the native financial system. We’ve misplaced two-thirds, three-quarters Inside the dairies in Virginia, and all That money that was produced and created by way of a dairy farm, is gone. And that i’m talking about hundreds of hundreds of dollars in Each farm that has left Virginia.”

Smith said having An space at Dairy Market brings in essential enterprise.

“They take pleasure in a farm-to-desk environment and that’s what We’re. We come proper from the dairy farm wright here we make our ice cream on the farm And convey it proper to our places,” he said.

Patrick Strasser, a bee farmer and proprietor of Bee Acutely conscious, which sells baked items, said the space provides An alternative for group.

“This all actually occurred On The biggest time. Now, thOn the Dairy Market is right here, it’s open, it’s virtually absolutely operational, tright here’s two or three spots that Want to be open up, and at That time, it’s going to be the place to be,” Strasser said.

It’s A spot for almost every palate – from burgers to brews and every thing in between.

Northam said his administration is working to create places Simply like the market throughout the commonwealth, particularly As a Outcome of the nation recovers from the pandemic.

“We now have To make sure that we revery out, and have what we name accelerator packages, permit people to get started that Want to have a enterprise. That goes again to our workforce, letting people Discover out about these thrilling alternatives, and teverying them The biggest Method To start out a enterprise, The biggest Method to get capital, The biggest Method to get staff,” Northam said. “We now have to have everyone in Virginia to have The identical alternatives so we’ll proceed to work on that.”

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