WINCHESTER, Va. - Virginia may be for lovers, but the Shenandoah Valley is for eaters.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th Distrcit) rolled up her sleeves and got down in the dirt with some of the Shenandoah Valley's farmers on Tuesday morning.
"This is a really delightful part of the 10th district, where we have all of the local produce and the farms here and the orchards are a great part of our economy," she said.
During her six-stop agriculture tour, the congresswoman learned about farmers' needs and their day-to-day operations.
"We want to make sure that we're hearing from them and they're a part of our discussions as we're looking at all the issues that impact our local economy," Comstock said.
One of these farmers is Phil Glaize, the third-generation owner of Glaize Apples in Winchester.
"I really have a tie to the land, and one of my goals is to preserve the farmland that my family accumulated while growing apples and be able to pass it to the next generation," Glaize said.
Much of Glaize's childhood was spent learning the ropes in his family's warehouse. He said his family's values and local business mentality have been keeping them going all these years.
"The fact that people are realizing that local apples grown in the Mid-Atlantic Appalachian Region are far better than a Washington apple, then they start to pick our apples up over and over again - that's what's enabled us to stay in business," Glaize said.
But if you ask Comstock, she will tell you that the apples are the real star of the show.