Approximately 85% of the County’s land is zoned Rural Agricultural Conversation (RAC) making agriculture a significant part of Isle of Wight County life, both as a major industry and as a chief component of the County’s rural character.
Virginia’s agricultural and forestry exports reached a record $3.35 billion in 2014, increasing by more than 14 percent from 2013. This is exciting news for Isle of Wight County where agriculture and forestry are among the County’s target industrial sectors. The top export products for the state were soybeans and soybean products, lumber and logs, pork, leaf tobacco, poultry, processed foods, and beverages, including wine.
Montague Farms, a soybean producer, buyer, and exporter of natto soybeans to Korea is located in Windsor. Isle of Wight is fast becoming the agriculture hub for Southeast Virginia because potential agriculture ventures and expansion opportunities feel confident in the County’s commitment to the agriculture industry.
Isle of Wight County is home to a variety of agribusinesses including national companies such as International Paper and The Scoular Company, Virginia companies such as Montague Farms, Franklin Lumber and Commonwealth Gin and a number of local horse farms and farm operations that produce farm fresh products, ham, peanuts, hay, Christmas trees and more.
Enjoy a taste of “Life on the Farm!” Visit some locally owned farms that give the County its rich rural flavor. Take a tour, buy some locally grown fresh produce and learn more about where your food comes from! Get lost in a pumpkin maze, bump along on a hay ride, touch the soft wool of an alpaca, or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the rural setting. These farms of Isle of Wight County welcome visitors and shoppers alike. (Call ahead before you make plans to visit as their hours vary seasonally.)
Now in its 13th season, The Smithfield Farmers Market is proud to be a Virginia Grown market offering locally grown produce, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, peanuts, plants, herbs, baked goods, coffee, cheese, honey, barbecue, wood-fired pizza, ham sandwiches, handcrafted items and more! The Smithfield Farmers Market was named Best Farmers Market overall gold winner in the 2015 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best of Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the “Top 101 Farmers Markets in America!” by TheDailyMeal.com in 2013 & 2014.
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