Hampton Roads encourages consumers to purchase locally grown and produced foods and products. By eating locally, you’re saving small family farms, supporting the local economy, keeping our community healthy, and preserving the environment. Use this food guide to find the markets, farms, watermen and restaurants that offer the freshest, most delicious local and seasonal products. www.buylocalhamptonroads.org
The power in buying locally comes from being able to ask your farmer questions that are important to you. We offer a few suggestions on things to ask or look for.
Questions to ask your farmer:
• Did you grow this product yourself or was it purchased from another farm?
• What are your growing methods?
• What are your animals fed? Are they free range and/or pasture raised?
• Do you have any recipes or recommendations for this product?
• How long ago was this product picked? Is it ready to eat? What’s the best way to store or preserve it?
Farms and Markets are often seasonal. Call or check websites for open dates.
PYO = Pick Your Own
CSA = Community Supported Agriculture
Virginia Beach – Fruit & Vegetable Farmers:
Brookdale Farm – Virginia Beach
2060 Vaughan Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
U-pick strawberries at Vaughan Rd. Stand at 1300 Princess Anne Rd. plus seasonal produce and popcorn, ornamental corn, squash, zucchini, potatoes and other seasonal goods. Call for hours and avail. for both locations. PYO CSA
2385 Harpers Road
Local fruit, veggies, honey, jarred goods, flowers, veg & herb plants, pumpkins, fall décor and much more! Open daily May – Oct 10am – 6pm. Dec 10am – 7pm.Read More