They have a small parking lot and we scored a great spot. We walked into the building and started to check out the local produce and shops. First we stopped by the CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, where people can pick up seasonal produce for a seasonal/monthly fee. This opinion is much cheaper than your local Whole Foods or other organic produce providers. Check it out at: http://www.skipperfarms.com/about.html
Next we checkout Sabrosa Gourmet, where we tried some fresh salsa and purchased their smoky medium salsa. Then a delicious peanut butter chocolate cookie caught my eye. We purchased some cookies from the Whole-ly Rollers. They are known for their baking and rolls. Yum! So delicious.
We checked out some other shops and purchased some produce for the week. If you ever watch Diners, Drive-In, and Dives you might recognize Guy Fieri, and his visit to the Get Fresh Café located in this farmers market. We did not eat there but it looked like they had a diverse menu.
Our adventure continues and we headed to Chesapeake City Park Farmers Market. This market was only made up of 5 tables or stations. The produce was reasonably priced but picked over. We arrived later in the afternoon and it was evident that they were busy that morning, which is a good thing. They also had a fun table with unique plants and a great view. We noticed that CSA was here as well.
Our last stop was back to the Virginia Beach Farmers Market.
This market is by far the largest in our area and has the most variety. Last time we visited it was a Sunday and only half the shops were open. On a Saturday they had all shops open and a live Blue Grass Band playing outside. They even had a kid’s area with bounce houses and pony rides. We walked around the market and picked up some fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and honey. We also discovered a new local fruit called scuppernong and muscadine. They are a southern grape like fruit in purple and green. They have a sweet center and sour flesh with some seeds inside. These fruits are used to make wine and it is the North Carolina state fruit.
Next to the market across the parking lot is the Heritage Amish Bake Shop and Furniture store. We loved looking at the beautiful handmade furniture. We visited the bakeshop and tried some yummy samples of bread, butter, jam, and lemon tart. We noticed the prices for deli meat and cheese was about half of our local grocery store. So we purchased some meat for the week. They had a wonderful selection of spices, mixes, nostalgic candies and even fresh donuts. This is a must see if you go to the Virginia Beach Farmers Market. They are on FB:
We will be exploring the Old Beach Farmers Market soon:)