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      Va. boasts 240-plus farmers' markets

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is seeing an explosion of farmers' markets.

      The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state has more than 240 farmers' markets statewide. That's a 180 percent increase since 2006.

      The department says besides the fresh farm products sold at these markets, it also makes economic sense to buy locally. A Cooperative Extension survey found that if every household in the state spent $10 a week on locally grown products, consumers would be investing $1.65 billion back into the economy.

      To find a local farmers' market, the state maintains a list of markets region by region. It can be found at VirginiaGrown.com.