RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is among the top 10 states in the country when it comes to farm markets.
The rankings were released Saturday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service, which now lists more than 8,200 farm markets nationwide. That's a 76 percent increase from 2008.
Virginia ranks ninth in the nation with 249 farm markets. It's ahead of Missouri at No. 10 and trailing Wisconsin. The top three states are California, New York and Michigan. They are followed by Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Virginia held at the No. 9 spot from the previous year.
Sunday begins National Farmer's Market Week across the country.