Photos: Face to face with livestock at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — Young people came face to face with livestock last month during the Virginia Beach Farmers Market’s annual Harvest Fair and Craft Show at the market where Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads meet.  The 4-H Livestock Club… Continue Reading


Birdhouse blossomed into business at The Garden Box in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Some years ago, one of Fred Jordan’s sons came home with a Cub Scouts project. He had to build a birdhouse. Build they did.  “The next thing you know, we had 30 birdhouses in the house,”… Continue Reading


Each Wednesday, bidders find fresh deals at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market produce auction

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… 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


Haircuts at Caste’s have loyal following, Navy history

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — For much of his Navy career, Ernesto Castaneda served as a ship’s serviceman, which meant he handled things such as the ship’s store, vending machines and cutting hair. He worked for a vending company after he left… 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


Column: We need to streamline the way students find financial help

BY LORRAINE SANTALUCIA I graduated debt free from Virginia Commonwealth University – twice. I won more than $40,000 in scholarships and $25,000 in grants toward my undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degrees. I’m not the average case.  Student loan debt has been… Continue Reading


Pool tournament brings all skill levels to Mike’s Break Room

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Among the competitors on a recent Friday night were a married couple who have both had success in national pool tournaments, a young sailor, and someone celebrating her 21st birthday.  Some were serious about their pool. Others… 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