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


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


Citing unfinished business, Henley seeks reelection in Princess Anne District in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Councilmember Barbara Henley, a farmer who first joined the Virginia Beach City Council four decades ago and an advocate for land preservation and limiting rural development, says she is running again this year to… Continue Reading


A memory of corn season: Fear not the worm, Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO —Earlier this summer, before the sweet corn season faded, Winky Henley and Bill Skipper of Skipper Farms traded a few notes at Henley Farms. “Seems like a couple of weeks ago we couldn’t sell corn,” Henley said at… Continue Reading


Produce, past merge in Virginia Beach at Henley’s at Pleasant Ridge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Even as Henley’s at Pungo Ridge prepared to open in mid-May, merging sale of Henley Farms produce downstairs to an expansion of Barbara Murden Henley’s ongoing efforts to research local history, Henley herself acknowledged that it… Continue Reading