Catfish rodeo brings anglers, appetites, community to Pearl’s in Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – People came to Pearl’s Bay-Villa, many with catfish in hand, for the Catfish Rodeo on Saturday, May 13. “Ths was the 14th year,” Paul McCoy of Pearl’s said. “It brings everybody together. I… Continue Reading


Strawberries: Prized local fruit stars in three dishes at The Whiskey Kitchen

  BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Southern Virginia Beach marks the arrival of spring by the ripening strawberries, and locals celebrate the season by hitting the fields with buckets and baskets in hand.   Many pick pounds at a… Continue Reading


2016: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that, with few exceptions, we ran in print or online during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow… Continue Reading


Summer means prime time for blueberry farm in Virginia Beach’s Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Blueberries and blackberries, those sweet harbingers of full summer, are ripening in the orchards at Pungo Blueberries, Etc. This year promises to be a good one, according to owner Juanita Burns. The winter was just… Continue Reading


Saying goodbye to Uncle Chuck’s Seafood at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Early this month, just about everything was for sale at Uncle Chuck’s Seafood, and the people who came wanted to buy some of the seafood, of course, and possibly fridges and such, but some wanted signs… Continue Reading


Eggzilla, monster of an omelet, challenges many at Princess Anne County Grill

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — The brave, having ventured to Princess Anne County Grill at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, tuck in to a giant meal called Eggzilla. It is a massive six-egg omelet stuffed with veggies, cheese, sausage links and patties… Continue Reading


Bargains abound at weekly produce auction at Beach Farmers Market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS 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… Continue Reading


Smoked from Above’s overnight pulled pork, from rub to sauce

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN – It starts in the late afternoon at Smoked From Above in Landstown Commons Shopping Center.  The barbeque business, started in 2005 by Lee and Michelle Holland, starts the process of making pulled pork barbeque with a rub… Continue Reading