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WHEREAS, a juicy, delicious large peach has fewer than 70 calories, contains three grams of fiber and is also a good source of vitamins A and C, yet contains no saturated fats; and
WHEREAS, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Virginia had 236 peach farms, and in 2017, the Commonwealth had 800 bearing acres of peaches with a total production of 4,650 tons and ranked 14th among all peach-growing states; and
WHEREAS, Virginia growers produce yellow and white peaches, donut peaches and nectarines in three main peach-growing regions: Central, Northern, and Southwestern Virginia; and
WHEREAS, different varieties ripen during different times of the season, so there’s a plentiful supply of fruit throughout the summer months, with peak season in August; and
WHEREAS, the marketing of peaches, summer vegetables, berries and other products through festivals, activities, direct sales and buyer contacts enhance the economic opportunities of many Virginia agricultural producers, and support the agriculture industry overall; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Peach Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of those who grow peaches and the value of peaches to Virginians;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2019 as VIRGINIA PEACH MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.