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Blackberry season is underway in southern Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Summer’s heat and sun are ripening the blackberries, and this fruit is becoming available locally at markets. Blackberries aren’t as widely grown commercially as strawberries in Virginia Beach, but farmer Roy Flanagan grows them to… Continue Reading

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So long, strawberries: A big year for iconic Virginia Beach crop

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — This spring may go down in local lore as one of the best strawberry seasons ever in southern Virginia Beach. There was a bountiful crop thanks to the weather conditions – and there were… Continue Reading

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Where to find strawberries in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Strawberry season is here, and produce farmers have opened fields and farm stands with steps in place to address concerns about the novel coronavirus.  The following is a list of Virginia Beach U-pick and pre-pick strawberry farms,… Continue Reading

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In Memoriam: Pungo’s Roy David Flanagan Jr., farmer and family man

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Farmer Roy David Flanagan Jr., who died on Tuesday, April 7, in his Pungo home after a long illness, will be remembered for the turkeys, sweet potatoes and crops he raised – and for his devotion… Continue Reading

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Strawberries: Where you can find — or pick — them in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Strawberry season is in full swing.  The following is a list of Virginia Beach U-pick and pre-picked strawberry farms, markets or stands from a list compiled by the Virginia Beach Cooperative Extension office.  Please check… Continue Reading

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In Pungo, a family farm’s tradition of raising, harvesting holiday turkeys

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Family and friends gathered on Monday, Nov. 21, at Flanagan Farms to help with the Thanksgiving harvest of turkeys raised at the Pungo farm. There is also a harvest shortly before Christmas. Dozens of people come to… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Happy New Year, and thank you for supporting community journalism in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I am humbled and grateful that our little newspaper made it through its first year providing southern Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, N.C., with all-original, all-local reporting, writing and photography. Without advertisers and readers like you, we… Continue Reading