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FRESH HERB DEMAND

Basil Herb
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Some good news regarding fresh herb production has been steadily increasing in Virginia, and so are the number of farms growing them.

“There are many opportunities to grow herbs in Virginia,” noted Tony Banks, commodity marketing specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. “Herbs are very popular among farmers for consumer direct sales at farmers markets. There are also several wholesale herb producers that provide cut and live herbs for restaurants and grocery stores in Virginia and beyond.”

In Virginia, 207 herb farms produced 84 acres of fresh-cut herbs in 2017. The number of growers has more than quadrupled since 2012, when 51 Virginia herb farms grew 29 acres of fresh herbs.

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