A New Market store receives a grant for equipment

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An email from Governor Northam announced grants of up to $160,000 have been awarded to several localities in Virginia.

The grants are to fund local food systems through the governor’s Agricultural and Forestry Industry Development Fund Infrastructure Grant Program.

Jon Henry General Store of New Market received $25,000 in the grant monies to help purchase equipment to flash freeze produce.

The store hopes to freeze large amounts of locally grown fruits and vegetables into retail ready bags for wholesale distribution.

Harrisonburg’s T&E Meats received $25,000 to replace the packing room’s outdated cooling system and purchase a patty making machine.

Five other localities have been awarded portions of the grant for upgrades as well.

The governor stated in the email that these grants will diversify Virginia’s agriculture across every corner of the Commonwealth.

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