Virginia Beach is proudly hosting the ECSC. The beach is filled with surfers, BMX bikers, stages, tents, and people. Everyone was enjoying the beautiful weather. We stopped by to check it out. The surfing contest was not happening since the waves were not cooperating but the BMX was off the hook. All of the support of the great surf, skate and bmx resources were out in force. One of the coolest things that we saw was the inflatable billboard sign that was being setup called a cube. The band line up looked great for the American Music Festival. Some of the other things that I (Michael) was impressed with was how clean and put together this event is. The addition, the kiddos play ground is really nice to see as well.
Wow! We are impressed and have found our favorite weekend farmers market in our area. After being in Chicago, and spoiled by the Green City Market, we found our new VA market. We woke up this morning and headed to the Old Beach Farmers Market. It is located in the Crocs 19th street bistro parking lot. One block from the convention center in Virginia Beach, VA. We easily found parking on the street (for free) and there was a small designated lot near by.
The market was divided into two rows the craft and food. We walked down to see the artisans and farmers. Everyone was super helpful and welcoming. We chatted with many vendors and were able to make some meaningful connections for future events. This market features sustainable and organic farmers more than others.
http://www.oldbeachfarmersmarket.com (Labor day weekend is the last Sat. of the summer season, then they will be open every third Saturday)
When you visit the market you should stop by My Vegan Sweet Tooth, Tonya is so sweet and so are her treats. She makes gluten free and vegan cookies, cupcakes, and cinnamon rolls. We got a giant cinnamon roll and it was hard to not dig in right away.
Next we walked by some more artisans and a popular coffee stand, Three Ships Coffee. We are not a coffee drinkers (wish I was), but if you are, check it out.
We stopped at Bergey's Blossoms, to taste their homemade peanut butter. It was fantastic! We purchased some from Laura, you have to get some of this! For lunch we made PB sandwiches, and loved it!
Then we stopped by Fresh Batch Jams, and got some Aloha jam. It is a pineapple and coconut flavored jam. It is delicious with our pb.
We saw some cute goats and noticed the samplings of goat cheese and instantly were interested in Shady Goat Farm. Shannon was delightful and let us taste some different goat cheeses and truffles. Yum yum yum! We loved her and her product, we even met the head cheese, her husband who works on the farm. We bought some goat cheese from them and hope to work with them in the future.
Then we went down to Heads Up Hydrogreens. Jacob was super informative about how he and his business partner John grow sustainable and organic produce. He let us try sunflower sprouts which have lots of protein and vitamins, along with some amazing pesto. They grow all kinds of greens, tomatoes and make their own olive oil. They provide produce to some local restaurants like Whiskey Kitchen and Blue. They use innovative led lights and high density urban farming in Virginia Beach. We will be connecting with Jacob soon.
Our last stop in the food row was New Earth farm. This stand has beautiful produce and their farm offers so much more. They often have cooking classes, and host field trips for local kids. We talked with them about hosting a cooking class soon and teaming up for future events. We also talked to them about helping me (Nikki) with my schools organic food garden at Luxford Elementary. (I am going to see if they can help us get started.)
We were hungry and luckily at the market you have some choices. Croc's serves food, there are lots of bakery treats, and a food truck named Hashi. We ordered a Sprecher (yes, from Wisconsin) soda and she-crab rangoon. It was delicious.
On our way out of the market we walked through the craft area and I (Nikki) noticed some children's books at the Blue Crab Book stand. Dianna had some beautiful Earth, culture, garden, and poetry books. They are 2$ for hard backs, 1$ for paperbacks. She had many titles I had not seen before and she even donated some to my classroom!!!! Dianna and Blue Crab Books rock! We hope to team up in the future to work on our school garden, she is an eight grade teacher and has her students help with gardens and other science projects in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
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Let us know about your famers market experiences!!!!! Comment below:)
We partnered with some local retailers to create Rustic Roots Gourmet swag. We made t-shirts with local Southern Star Embroidery, Missy worked with us personally to make sure we were happy. http://southernstarembroidery.com
We started our Saturday morning heading to the Norfolk Farmers market, known as the Five Points Farmers Market it is located on Church street in downtown Norfolk, VA.
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.
We are proud to announce that Rustic Roots Gourmet will be at Virginia's Bacon Festival Saturday, Sept 27th. The festival is at the Scope Fountain Plaza. You must buy a ticket to enter and can get more information at www.virginiabaconfestival.com
We will be serving tasters and items to purchase. Bacon is the theme so you know it will be delicious. There will be music, food and drinks! We hope to see you all there:) Stop by and say Hi!