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Bargains abound at weekly produce auction at Beach Farmers Market

While auctioneer Gene Daniels, microphone in hand, works at a recent produce auction at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, he has a little help from Alex Huban, 8, who shows off the produce up for bids. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

While auctioneer Gene Daniels, microphone in hand, works at a recent produce auction at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, he has a little help from Alex Huban, 8, who shows off the produce up for bids. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

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LANDSTOWN — At the evening produce auction every Wednesday through Oct. 28, people buying lots both big and small look for deals from local growers who have brought their goods to the Virginia Beach Farmers Market.

The auctions, led by Gene Daniels Auctions, are open to the general public, and local producers are always welcome to bring their products to auction. It can be a way for growers to sell surplus stock, among other things.

It’s also a way for members of the public, depending upon the auction, to pay much less than they would otherwise.

The auctions are every Wednesday through Oct. 28 at the market, 3640 Dam Neck Road. An auction to bulk buyers starts at 6:30 p.m., and an auction of smaller lots is at 7 p.m.

On a Wednesday in July, bidders took home a wide range of goods.

“I love it,” said Rick Price of Chesapeake. “Some days you get bargains.”

it during the weekly produce auction at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market. They came, in part, because they wanted to change their eating habits. “It’s better than the store,” Carrington said. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Shawn Carrington of Western Branch carries corn to his car after he and his wife bought it during the weekly produce auction at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market. They came, in part, because they wanted to change their eating habits. “It’s better than the store,” Carrington said. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Amanda Skupin of East Ocean View smiles while Shelby, who is almost two, polishes off fresh blackberries. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Amanda Skupin of East Ocean View smiles while Shelby, who is almost two, polishes off fresh blackberries. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

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