On Saturdays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Croc’s 19th Street Bistro offers up its parking lot to Old Beach Farmers Market. This is a place for local farmers, fishermen and artisans to see their goods. They feature seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, seafood, cheeses, a wide assortment of baked goods, artisanal breads and savory foods from local chefs, soap and flowers. Old Beach Farmers Market is a certified Virginia Green Event since 2008, the first certified farmers market in the commonwealth’s new voluntary Virginia Green Program that promotes eco-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism. The market has grown from just a handful of farmers to between two and three dozen vendors, including a vibrant array of vegetable farmers, local ranchers and fisheries, all from within 50 miles. It is a “producer-only” market in the European tradition, meaning that the venders grow – or make or harvest – all of the produce or products that they sell from their stalls.
Here you will find a lot of places that we have reviewed in our nutrition blog such as Full Quiver Farm, Mattawoman Creek Farm (Old Beach Farmers Market is a pick up location for their CSA), New Earth Farm, Cromwell’s Produce and Fruitive. Some vendors only come to Old Beach Farmers Market once a month, but you can subscribe to Old Beach Farmers Market’s newsletter to learn who’s coming each week. Also, many of the vendors encourage customers to order ahead to avoid the disappointment of having a product sell out early. If you want your vegetables, seafood, meats, poultry, eggs and dairy products to be at their freshest, and, if you want to support local farmers, watermen and wineries, you must certainly give Old Beach Farmers Market a try!