Welcome to the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce

BoardMembersThe Culpeper County Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of over 550 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. Our mission is to be the voice of the business community working to promote, build, and support the most effective climate for economic development.

Since it was chartered in 1749, Culpeper County has been an important crossroads for business.  Culpeper’s economy is multifaceted and changing with the times. The County and Town governments along with various agencies and local representatives are working hard to bring and retain business in Culpeper and nurture long-term relationships with local businesses and industries.

Bon appétit – Culpeper style!

By on July 6, 2015

“Knee high by the Fourth of July” was my mother’s measure for determining how the corn crop was doing each year.  Being from Wisconsin, her growing season was a bit different than here in Culpeper, but you get the picture; the summer of 2015 has reached the high-tide mark, and almost unbelievably, the days are now already growing shorter.  Accordingly, I plan to soak-up as much summer as I can, as I already begin to think of cooler autumn days and the accompanying seasonal activities.

One of the best aspects of summer here in our neck of the woods is the readily available cornucopia of locally grown or raised products.   A walk through our community’s weekly farmers markets will provide an immediate snapshot of the region’s bounty. Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. sponsors the Downtown Depot District Farmers Market each Saturday, 7:30am – noon (www.facebook.com/CulpeperFarmersMarket).  CFC Farm & Home in Culpeper (540-825-2200) also hosts a market in their parking lot every Wednesday from 9am – 1:00pm.  Both venues are great examples of how to take advantage of the “farm to table” possibilities here in Culpeper.

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If, like me, you were not raised in the country or on a farm, seeing all of the local produce available for purchase may spark a desire for an up close and personal tour of an agricultural related business. If so, Culpeper Tourism and the Piedmont Environmental Council offer the opportunity to visit an area farm the last Saturday of each month (through September) with their ‘Magical Farm Tour”. (www.visitculpeperva.com).

Additionally, and in perfect dovetail with the celebration of Culpeper’s agricultural heritage, the Culpeper County Department of Economic Development will present the 18th Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour on October 3-4th.  This yearly tradition opens some of Culpeper’s finest working farms to the public giving visitors the chance to get close to the workings of local agriculture. (www.culpeperfarmtour.com). This is a great way to enjoy a fall weekend and has become one of my family’s favorite activities.

Agribusiness is alive and well in Culpeper. We are fortunate to have a robust agricultural community – one that not only enhances our quality of life but also contributes to our economy.  As for me, I’m glad the corn has passed “knee high” heights;  there is nothing better than a summer meal of locally grown produce and raised products! Bon appétit – Culpeper style!

Time to Re-Charge!

By on June 29, 2015

My three year old granddaughter is a princess – at least in her imagination (and in the eyes of doting grandparents)!  She loves anything pink, sparkly, and girlie!  Recently her parents gave her one of those battery powered 4-wheelers –

The Future of Community Business

By on June 22, 2015

I am the baby in my family. My two sisters are nine and eleven years my senior, so for most of my life I’ve enjoyed the status of being ‘young’.  Even amongst my friends, I was the ‘youngest’ because my