2019 Virginia Farmers Market Conference
Farmers Markets are the Gateway to Local Food
The 7th Annual Virginia Farmers Market Conference
“Farmers Markets are the Gateway to Local Food”
November 13-15, 2019
Shenandoah Region: Staunton, VA
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
24 S Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
VAFMA’s 7th Annual Virginia Farmers Market Conference is November 13-15 in Staunton at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel.
This 3-day event will have targeted workshops, dynamic speakers, a day of pre-conference tours and fun-filled social networking events! There will be tracks for beginners and experienced participants alike along with an exhibit area packed with resources.
This year’s theme focuses on Agritourism — an often untapped path for helping shoppers discover farmers markets. Speakers will discuss how farmers markets can participate in agritourism and the resulting impact on vendor sales, healthy lifestyles and community collaboration.
Conference sessions will also cover topics tailored to the needs of market managers and vendors including:
• Food Access
• Food Safety
• Marketing & Promotions
• Farmers Market Data
• Special Events
• Consumer Education
This is an excellent opportunity to get connected to resources and network with vendors, market managers & other market stakeholders from across the state.
Enjoy staying in the same hotel as the conference. VAFMA has secured a block of rooms at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel with a conference discount. Use this page to reserve your room.
Information coming soon about pre-conference tours of a working farm, an agritourism business and a winery! (Pre-conference agritourism tour space is limited so register early)
2019 Sponsors Include:
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service