‘Tis the season for fresh, local produce. As a plant-based eater, the abundance of fruits and veggies makes this my favorite time of year.
Few things beat the zest of a freshly-picked strawberry, the crunch of a sweet ear of corn or the juiciness of a summertime watermelon. Lucky for me (and you too, dear reader), Hampton Roads has a bountiful harvest of local farms to bring these delights into our homes and onto the table.
Having access to such a wide variety of local farms is a luxury we shouldn’t take for granted. Shopping at local farms not only supports the local economy, but the community too. By supporting local farms, you’re supporting local farmers — the people and the families behind the process.
In an effort to be your friendly farm guide, I’ve arranged the following list of local farms to aid you in your agricultural journey!
Please note: this is not an exhaustive list. Any additions are warmly welcomed via comments below.
Full Quiver Farm
2801 Manning Road Suffolk, Va. 23434
Hours: Monday- Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
This small family farm is known for their pasture-raised meats and eggs, and for doing things the old-fashioned, natural way. Crops are fertilized strictly with compost and manure, and animals are raised outdoors on frequently rotated pastures. At Full Quiver, sustainability and the humane treatment of all animals is paramount. Plus, they avoid chemicals whenever possible and use non-GMO feed.
Full Quiver is owned by the Wilson family, who is dedicated to not only producing environmentally responsible food, but people too. Nine people, to be exact. Owners Scott and Alison make it their mission to raise and train their nine children to be “faithful, mature and responsible young people in this up-and-coming generation.” (Insert high five to Scott and Alison here).
Full Quiver invites you to visit their farm, or goods can be delivered to a convenient hostess site in your city.
Goods you’ll find at Full Quiver Farm:
- Authentic country brown eggs, pasture-raised
- Pasture-raised chicken
- Authentic woodland-raised pork
- Grass-fed beef
- Pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkey
- Raw milk cow shares
1305 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, Va., 23464
3640 Dam Neck Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23453
Hours: 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. daily
Skipper Farms is a family-owned farm best known for their field-grown, vine-ripened tomatoes and sugar-sweet cantaloupe. The folks at Skipper also pride themselves on the freshness of their goods, day in and day out.
Their dedication to freshness began in the 1940s as pioneers for organic and environmentally-friendly growing methods. Skipper Farms avoids the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, GMO seed, antibiotics or growth hormones.
If you’re looking to get goods from Skipper Farms, you have some options:
- Visit the Virginia Beach farmer’s market at Dam Neck Road from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Visit their Chesapeake farm location on Kempsville Road
- Join the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Skipper Farms and “subscribe” to receive certain goods either weekly or bi-weekly. Learn more here.
Additionally, Skipper Farms is a long-term provider of wholesale produce to many local markets, restaurants, groceries, clubs and organizations in Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks.
Goods you’ll find at Skipper Farms:
- Vine-ripened tomatoes
- Green beans
- Corn on the cob
- Free-range eggs
- Apple butter
- Apple and peach cider
- Bedding plants
The Gardener’s Workshop
P.O. Box 2987 Newport News, Va., 23609
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Not your average farm, the Gardener’s Workshop has a unique approach to providing fresh-cut flowers to the local community.
It all began in 1998 when owner Lisa decided turn her love of gardening into a career. Now, Lisa’s beautiful creations are available in supermarkets, farmer’s markets and florist shops all throughout Hampton Roads.
You can also join in on the Gardener’s Workshop subscription service and receive a fresh-cut bouquet straight to your home on a weekly basis! Or, browse Lisa’s online garden shop and resource center where she shares all her floral tips and tricks.
3831 Bruce Road Chesapeake, Va., 23321
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Family owned and operated, Clarke Farm has been rooted in the Hampton Roads community since the early 1900s. Clarke Farm is best known for their vine-ripened tomatoes and a huge selection of vegetables covering 10 acres of land.
As a testament to their history and commitment to traditional practices, you won’t find much info online about Clarke Farm–but don’t let that deter you from their delicious tomatoes! For more details or questions, I recommend giving Judy Clarke a call via the phone number above.
Hickory Ridge Farm
2928 S. Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake, Va., 23322
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Love strawberries? Make your way to Hickory Ridge Farm where there are 3 acres of land dedicated solely to these delicious fruits. Visitors can come by and pick strawberries May through August. In the fall, you can purchase wholesale pumpkins from Hickory Ridge.
Things you can do at Hickory Ridge Farm:
- Host a field trip or group strawberry picking
- Host a birthday party at the farm
- Learn more about the process of growing strawberries
- Enjoy a hayride throughout the 19-acre farm
- Attend the Strawberry JAMboree celebration full of family-friendly activities
- Join their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and receive
2385 Harpers Road Virginia Beach, Va. 23453
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cindy’s Produce is a family-owned farm and local’s favorite in Virginia Beach where all produce is harvested fresh daily.
At Cindy’s Farm, they go beyond simply providing fruits and veggies. They love offering recipe ideas, tips and tutorials on how to get the most from your goods. For people like me, this is golden as I tend to fall into culinary ruts and need inspiration from others to jazz up my cooking. Plus, if they don’t carry something you like they welcome any and all requests! During the holidays, visit Cindy’s for fresh-cut Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths.
Goods you can find at Cindy’s Produce:
- Corn on the cob
- Sweet peppers
- Fresh-cut flowers
- 1444 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Va., 23456
- Hours: Monday-Sunday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Berry and Pumpkin Patch:
- 772 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Va., 23457
- Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Pop Up Stand:
- 2961 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, Va., 23451
- Hours: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cullipher Farm is a well-known name in the Hampton Roads area, owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation Culliphers. You can enjoy over 250 varieties of produce from Cullipher Farms by visiting their roadside stand, satellite farmers’ markets, or by signing up for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs.
Cullipher Farms is also dedicated to researching new, improved growing techniques and work closely with N.C. State and Virginia Tech to develop and implement these practices in their farms — pretty neat!
Goods you can find at Cindy’s Produce:
- Specialty melons
- Sweet corn
- Spring Onions
- Sweet Corn
- Snap Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
- Fall Squash
Nimmo Community Garden
2200 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Va., 23456
The Nimmo Community Garden has a different purpose. It’s a garden for a cause. The community garden was started in 2009 as a program to help grow food to feed the hungry in Hampton Roads.
These container gardens are maintained by volunteers and local organizations such as Potter’s House, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and more. Last year, the organization harvested and donated over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce!
If you’re interested in lending a green thumb, please contact the Nimmo Community Garden committee. No gardening experience or tools needed!
New Earth Farm
1885 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, Va., 23456
New Earth Farm is known for using all-natural and sustainable farm practices for all vegetables, herbs, flowers, compost and more. The New Earth Farm provides not only produce, but also free-range eggs, bagged compost, potting soil and animal feed.
Beyond offering goods, New Earth Farms has many services available to the community such as small group visits, workshops and classes held at their Educational Farm and Garden — perfect for gardening enthusiasts, teachers, schools or landscapers.
Where to find goods from New Earth Farms:
- Virginia Garden Organic Grocery – Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market
- Heritage Store – Laskin Road
- Old Beach Farmer’s Market – Parking lot of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro
- Join the New Earth Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
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