This post in part of a series about produce auctions across the USA. While this is not a comprehensive list, I have tried to include auctions about which I can find information. If you know of any others, feel free to leave a note in the comments section.
Virginia is home to several different produce auctions, though it was hard to find a lot of information for half of these. What I was able to find were YouTube videos and some basic information. Sometimes being able to see things in action helps to know what to expect when you get there.
If you have ever been to one of these auctions, I would love to know more details or personal accounts. Feel free to leave a comment or a link to a post of yours in the comment section.
Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction – Auctions begin in April. For the first part of the season (April – mid July) there are two auctions a week, on Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Starting July 15 and running through September an additional auction is added on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. In October they go back to just two auctions a week, dropping the Friday auction. In November, they reduce it further to just one auction a week, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
The website for the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction contains Market Reports and Directions, as well as links to items for sale and local markets.
Southside Produce Auction near Cullen, Virginia is a relatively new auction, having opened just a few years ago. They hold auctions on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. According to the comments section from the post Southside Produce Auction – Revisited by Apricot Farm, it is located at the intersection of Vincent Store Road and Route 47. Here is another article about the Southside Produce Auction, this time from Country Folks – Virginia’s Southside Produce Auction enters third year.
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market
3640 Dam Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Every Wednesday, June 13-October 31, 2012
6:30 p.m. Start Time For Bulk Buyers; 7:00 p.m. Start time for Smaller Lots
***The information above was taken from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Note the year, 2012. I called the number to confirm the information, but there was no answering machine and no one answered. I will try once more to make sure. Till then, you may want to call and check that the information is correct before heading out to attend.
Southeast Virginia Farmers Market/Courtland Farmers’ Market
24540 Agripark Drive
Courtland, VA 23837
Thursday nights, June 6-October 24, 6:30 p.m.
***The information above was taken from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. I called to confirm the information, but was only given the opportunity to leave a message. No further information was given except that I had reached the market in Courtland. I will call one more to double check that the information is correct. Until then, you may want to call ahead to make sure the above information is accurate before heading out to attend.