THE INDEPENDENT NEWS
LANDSTOWN — On a recent Wednesday evening, people bought local sweet corn during the weekly produce auction at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market.
And cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, fresh fruit and so much more.
The auctions, led by Gene Daniels Auctions, are held each Wednesday through Oct. 26 at the market, 3640 Dam Neck Road, where Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads meet.
Bulk buyers are at 6:30 p.m., and smaller lots follow at 7 p.m.
The auctions bring the public out to support local growers and find deals, and they also give local producers another outlet for selling.
The auctions sometimes coincide with the Foodtruck Rodeo, which brings several foodtrucks to the market from 4 p.m. to dusk on the second and fourth Wednesdays.
“I come out every week if I can,” said Courtney Reitzel of Kings Grant, who attended the auction with her husband, Marc Reitzel, and their children.
“I do a lot of home canning and preserving,” she said, “and I like to support local farms.”
As for Marc Reitzel?
“I get to watch the kids,” he said.
Courtney Reitzel, a member of the Virginia Urban Homesteaders League, said she uses some of what she gets at the market for canning classes she teaches.
“I just kind of look in my pantry and see what I’m low on,” she said.
Kimberly Arnold, bidding on a variety of fresh produce, brought her mom, Donmarie Arnold.
“This is her first time,” Kimberly Arnold said.
“I love this place,” Donmarie Arnold said.
“I told you it’s good,” Kimberly Arnold said.
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