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


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


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


Column: Celebrating Virginia Beach’s agricultural heritage — and a leading modern industry

Ed. — This column originally ran in print on Friday, May 24, prior to the Pungo Strawberry Festival. BY DAVID TRIMMER COURTHOUSE — What a great time of year, for spring is here and the farmers are busy working in the fields.… Continue Reading


Agriculture: Recent soggy weather can have a cost for Virginia Beach farmers

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — This year’s growing season got off to a soggy start with heavy rains that damaged the strawberry crops and delayed planting for both grain and produce farmers. May’s hot, rainy weather damaged some strawberries,… 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