Jan 142016
 

produce auction collage

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.

While the weather is turning down right frigid in various parts of the country, before you know it Spring will be knocking at your door. While you are looking through your seed catalogs and planning out your new garden’s beginnings, try adding in a bit of fun and adventure – check out a local produce auction. In the Spring, you may find plants as well as fresh spring vegetables.  Some of the auctions start in April others will hold off till May.

Wakarusa Produce Auction  Open 3 days a week: Monday 1 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m., Friday 11 a.m.  From their website:

“We are open from the last week in April to the end of October. We auction produce grown in Elkhart County by local farmers. “

 

Adams County Flower & Produce Auction LLC – from their website:

Opening for business in July 2004, our purpose is to sell high quality produce grown by local farmers specifically for wholesale buyers such as stores, roadside stands, farm markets, distribution companies, etc. Located in Northern Indiana, auctions are held April thru October EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY AT 10:00 AM, with specialty auction dates for Hay, Straw and Firewood.

 Wayne County Produce Auction – located in Williamsburg, Indiana.  According to an article written in 2013 on Amish365.com , “The auction is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Oct. 19. The only exceptions are Oct. 3 and 10. The auction opens at 1 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.”

 

Rockville Produce Auction is located in Rockville, Indiana.  A Midwest Living article shares the following information:

“The auction schedule varies, but generally sales are held May through October, at 2 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. (Call ahead to confirm.) If you’re planning to bid, buy a number in the front office ($10 per season) before joining the action.”

Daviess County Produce Auctionlocated at 5667 N County Road 900 E, Montgomery, Indiana begins their auctions in mid-April and end in October.  The year starts off with items you can use to decorate your yard, as well as plants for the garden.  As the year continues you will be able to find in season vegetables and fruits.  Their phone number is 812-486-2445.  Sales begin at 1 p.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dec 292015
 

first 2013 produce stand

This past year was harder than I had anticipated.  Though I will further explore that statement later, I want to talk about one aspect in particular relating to this past year – the street-side produce stand.

Since 2009 I have put a small stand out in front of the house.  It started with extra produce which was more than I could give away at church.  The idea was to charge less than Small Town Grocery, who is expensive and has a poor selection,  but enough to cover my gardening costs.  I was not in it to get rich.

Over time I have come to realize how much my neighbors appreciate the close availability of fresh produce.  The working mom across the street would send her kids over for peppers to make with supper.  The assisted living residents would stop by for a tomato or a hanging basket of begonias, as those were one of the few plants able to grow in the limited light of their apartments. Someone canning and needing just a few more tomatoes knew were to stop. The family with only a few dollars to spend on fresh produce could make their money go further.  The neighbor across the street bought me out of bedding plants to complete her yard work.  The mail carrier needing a few things, but no time to run into the store after work.  As time went on, I began to get a feel for the community, realizing what a blessing this was for people.  That is one thing I would remember when I needed the extra energy to keep it going.

(Side note: my husband recently shared with me that at least one person stopped and bought from the stand assuming we needed the money. “Why else would someone do it?”, they reasoned. )

cart of produce auction hay tomato apples

The stand was started before we became foster parents, before the loss of my husband’s father, before the loss of someone close to me to suicide, and before other trials in our lives. It was one of the things I would do to keep my sanity in times of otherwise emotional chaos.

Over time, my friendship with my neighbor grew due to the time we spent on gardening related activities, including running this stand together.  Without her, I am not sure I could have seen it through that first summer with George and Jack.  The following year she had some major medical issues that kept her from gardening at all, let alone helping with the stand. I was able to pick up things and still help her family have some of the fresh produce they had now grown used to during the summers.

processing tomatoes for spaghetti sauce dinning room table

Having the produce stand has also resulted in some unintended opportunities.  It has allowed my neighbor-friend to realize another area of need outside of our community that provides better income on a more consistent basis, during the summers, with not a lot of extra effort.  I too have begun noticing other areas of opportunity and have had the confidence to try them.

When this past Spring was approaching I knew I had to say “no” to more things in my life due to new priorities.  It was going to be for a season, but it was still hard to accept. The produce stand had become so second nature I was not sure I could stop. It had become a part of who I was. “My house is the one with the produce stand out front,” was often how I explained to people where I lived. It had also started taking up more of my time and mental energy.

My biggest worry was how to share this with my neighbor-friend. My second thought was for those who had relied on the stand as a source of affordable fresh produce.

When I shared my conclusion with my friend, her reaction was a sense of relief. Not at all the reaction I was expecting.  She too had been trying to figure out the words to use to say that she could not do the produce stand this year.  Her family responsibilities were going to be increasing, taking up more of her time. We both had been worried about letting the other down when in reality it was not the right season for either of us.

large white pumpkin at stand

As Spring turned into Summer I had several people ask about the produce stand. While they were disappointed, I assured them it would be for a season, not permanent.

It was the right decision. As Summer went along, it was very obvious I could not have done it all. I did not want to do it all.  While we missed the extra cash flow, it was not something we were relying upon to make ends meet.

I did not even need it as a source of extra produce to preserve, as that was something else to which I had said “no”. It helped that I had canned a lot of extra the past 2 years, enough to see us through on several different items.

What started out as an act of desperation when I had begun to feel overwhelmed, ended up being a very healthy thing. It allowed me to step back, re-evaluate if this was something I wanted to keep doing, to spend my time on, or something I needed to let someone else take over. (Several other gardeners had begun doing the same thing in the last year or two.)

Farmer's Market Stand

While I see myself picking it back up this coming summer, I also see myself setting boundaries.  We had both begun feeling as if we had to put the stand out, not because we had extra produce but because people expected it to be there. It was becoming more of a burden than a blessing.

Having the extra time this past year has allowed flexibility in deciding what was best for our family at this time.  Even that has changed several times as various needs have come and gone.

While I wish I could say, “This is what is going to happen, this is what is going to work for us in the upcoming 12 (unforseen) months”, I know better.  Forget about His laughing at my presumptions, I would do it for Him.

So, for now, I see that this past year was only “for a season”. Whether my forecast is accurate or not remains to be seen. I now know that I can let go and still be Me, that my identity is tied to more that something I happen to be doing at this time, even if it is something I greatly enjoy doing. This is a lesson I seem to have needed reminding of yet again.

 

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Oct 062015
 

produce auction mums flowers

Why, Hello there. How are you?  I’m swell, thanks for asking.  Just thought I would pop in and let you know that I have not completely forgotten about what I said I was going to do.  Rest assured, I am not sitting around watching the weeds grow, though grow they do.

What I have been up to is forgetting to look at the calendar for the week ahead before committing to something that would require me to blog every day.  Seems I am something going on every day, which makes the days so much fuller and energy draining.

That is right, I too am human and sometimes forget something as simple as looking at a calendar.

What this does not mean is that I have not started on my Mega Project, which actually is a smaller part of the large home project we have been working on for more than a year.  We are at a point where the new drywall needs to be painted.  Painting I can do.  It just takes a bit of time. Time is one thing we do not want it to take, as winter will be here soon and we are wanting the electrical and HVAC to be in soon.

In my head, I would spend a few hours at night painting and have it all done in … a week.  Our garage is about 24′ x 24′, the room above it the same size, plus the ceilings in both rooms.  And the two stair ways.  And the (old) upstair’s ceiling and calls.

Yes, you may laugh.  I can take it.

Sunday I cleaned out the garage, and wiped down the ceiling and 90% of the walls.  I came away looking much grayer than I really am, but it was a preview of where my hair color will be heading soon if we keep having days like today.

I had planned to finish the garage today and start on the stairway, but we had a day of attachment and sensory issues that manifested themselves as, or triggered, very strong ADHD behavior.

Need an example?  Think, not being able to handle the mixed emotions of saying Goodbye to a friend you do not see very often, while at the same time being tired but not able to slow your brain down enough to rest.  So you decide to climb on the hood of the car instead of getting in to leave to come home.  Then, when your mom gets out to make it clear it is time to go, you run in circles around said car while your Mom starts to get really frustrated at you. Once home, you throw your eraser down the air register because you do not want to do school work, then demand your mom get it back out. This all makes perfect sense to do if you have trouble handling your emotions and self control.

I would never have considered doing this when I was a kid, I would cry if someone raised their voice to me even a bit.  It has taken me a long time to even begin to understand this behavior in my kids.  Now that I am beginning to understand it, I can see it in their lives from the day they came to live with us.  And it is not me just going crazy, though that seems to be happening over time. 🙂

This was my day today. All day.  By 6:30 p.m. my husband called it bedtime.  Wise person that he is, he knew this was a better decision than sitting on the couch with Jack and George to finish Jack’s read alouds (for school) before going to bed at 7 p.m.

Jack was asleep almost immediately and George asked to go to his bed (he was laying down in our room) at 7.  I am not sure he lasted 5 minutes before going to the Land of Nod.

I started to write a post, then opted to sit by my husband and watch a movie.  When that was finished I looked up some books on Amazon, then felt calm and collected enough to start writing a post again.  Being kind to yourself is important at times like this, but often something I forget to do.

cart of produce auction hay tomato apples

I met up with a friend at the produce auction today; it was only the second or third time I have gone this year.  I was hoping for some time visiting while Jack played in a neighboring field with a new toy he had.  Instead, he could not seem to accept the fact that I needed/wanted to pay attention to anyone/anything else besides him, and actually would not go that far away from me.  He tried several tactics to make sure I knew that he really did not like what I was doing.  It could have been worse, I guess.  At least he was not playing behind cars?  He is getting better at listening, slowly.  Once, when I told him not to run, it only took him about 4 steps to stop running and 3 more to stop skipping … but then … well, let’s focus on the positive, shall we?  He helped two people load things into their cars and received tips.  He was so excited by the few dollars he earned.  I can see him becoming the local lawn mowing and snow shoveling kid in a few years.  rotary phone with pinstrip border

Something I did get accomplished today, I hope, was finding an oral surgeon that takes George’s insurance card.  Up till now I have heard stories about how hard it is to find doctor’s that take the state’s Medicaid insurance, but I had never really run into it.  At least, not to this extent.  With an OT we use for one of the kids, it took us calling a second OT office before finding one that took their insurance.  Same for the new optometrist, though they stopped taking it a few months ago.

Seems the oral surgeon at George’s dentist office retired.  The one in the neighboring county is only open to residents in that county.  The 5 others in our area whom I called do not take his insurance.  One office did give me a head’s up about an office in our neighboring state with whom they have worked before.  I gave them a call too.  Seems the nearest one in our neighboring state, who does take our state’s Medicaid insurance, does not have an oral surgeon or anesthesiologist in their office.  However, this particular dentists office does have another branch in another town a few hours away which may have an oral surgeon.  I am waiting for a call back tomorrow to see if we can set up a time.  In order to avoid having to pay $1200 out of pocket, I am willing to drive a few hours to find someone who takes George’s insurance. Besides, we have some friends who live there so we can make it a dual-purpose trip.

garage and basement collage

So, where does that leave me with the 21 Day Challenge? I am still working toward it, even if I have not posted the first post.  It seems the cup of regular (caffeinated) coffee that I have been working on all day has finally kicked in, as have the pain meds.  I have some muscle pain that was only made worse by sitting down at the computer.  It is amazing how much more you can accomplish when you are no longer in pain nor having a kid (seemingly) do everything in their power to annoy you so you will give them attention.

The 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life will start a few days later than I had planned.  What a great reminder as to why I really feel the need for this challenge again.

Even knowing that I will be working through the book has motivated me in a few areas to stop slacking off.  I have been using the chaos created by our home renovation as an excuse to slack off in several areas of life.  While some of these were justified or due to a change in how we carried out the actions of a routine, others were due to my lack of discipline to keep up with some of the habits I had in place.

Tomorrow Jack has a class in the morning, then home to do some of the multitude of minor things requiring my attention.  By Thursday I think I will be ready to jump into Crystal’s book and actually focus on changing some bad habits and tackling the Mega Project with gusto.

Jul 142015
 

 

produce auction collage

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.

Apparently I need to update the description at the top of the posts about produce auctions to include those in Canada.  Actually, the Elmira Produce Auction in Elmira, ON is the only Canadian produce auction I found.  This does not mean there are not more, only that I have not come across them yet.  🙂

Found at 7400 Reid Woods Drive in Elimra, Ontario the Elmira Produce Auction (EPAC) has varying  hours, depending on the time of the season.

Mid-April to June: Tuesdays 9am, Fridays 9am.
Mid-June to the end of September: Mondays 1pm, Wednesdays 9am, Fridays 9am.
End of September to end of October: Tuesdays 9am, Fridays 9am. November: Fridays 9am.
There may even be some winter sales, but I am not for sure on that fact, so you will want to call to check it out.

For more information, their phone number is (519) 669-3884.

A Trip to the Elmira Produce Auction

Elmira produce auction links farmers to retailers

How Mennonites Are Modernizing a Local Food Economy

The Elmira Auction – A win-win producers and sellers of local produce

 

Jul 082015
 

produce auction collage

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.

Arthur Produce Auction

The Arthur Produce Auction can be found off of Route 133, at 354 N CR 100E, Arthur, IL 61911.  Produce auctions are held every Tuesday and Friday starting at 10 am.  The first auction is typically held the Tuesday before the first Friday in May.

The tree auction held the first Friday of May.

In April and May you will find flowers and other early season plants and produce.  As the season progresses there will be berries, apples, peaches, peppers, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and other produce.  In September and October pumpkins, gourds, and mums will make an appearance.  The auction runs through about the end of October, or when there is no more produce.

Most of the produce found at this auction is freshly picked, often from that morning or the day before.  There may be some out of area items, though they are always noted as such.  The same is said for any items that may have been cooled, though those are few in number.

217-543-5100 is the phone number for their voicemail, which also gives the phone number for the produce manager.  To hear the market report, auction schedule and other information call 712-432-8514

Arthur Produce Auction Hauling Produce In Part One

Arthur Produce Auction Selling Produce Part Two

Arthur Produce Auction Hauling Produce Out Part Three

 

Central Illinois Produce Auction

Located at 875 N 1400 St, Shobonier, IL 62885-4141 outside of Vandalia.  Auctions are held every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m.  The voicemail for the Central Illinois Produce Auction is 618-846-3001.  Call 712-432-8599 for additional information.

The first auction of the 2015 season was on April 24  10 a.m.

 

 

May 192015
 

produce auction collage

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.

Kentucky is oriented such that it is wider East to West than North to South.  This means that most of the state is similar in growing zones, 6a – 7a.  Not only does this affect their winter temperatures, but also their summer ones.  While the state gets both hot and cold, it is normally not really an extreme either way.  The result is a nice growing season, with a bit of a break in between growing seasons.

Produce auctions across Kentucky are pretty evenly distributed from East to West, with 5 different auctions being found while searching online.

1. Fairview Produce Auction is located at 10292 US 68 East, Pembroke, KY 42266. Along 68-80; 1/2 mile west of Jeff Davis monument park. 10 miles east of Hopkinsville, 70 miles North of Nashville, 60 miles west of Bowling Green” according to this Kentucky Department of Agriculture website.

Here is another short YouTube video from 2007 of the Fairview Produce Auction.

2. Lincoln County Produce Auction, located outside Crab Orchard, KY at 2896 Ky Highway 39 N  Crab OrchardKentucky 40419.  Their phone number is (606) 355-0030.  They are currently on their summer auction schedule – Mondays at 1 pm, and Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am.

Here is an article from the 2004 opening

3. Casey County Produce Auction – The Casey County Produce Auction is located between Bowling Green and Lexington, KY, in the south central part of the state.

From their website, “Auctions occur every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from April to October at 525 South Fork Creek Road. A market information line is available at (606)787-0570.”  They also have a schedule available for download that will list all the auctions.

4. Hart County Produce Auction – located at 6880 Cub Run Hwy, Munfordville, KY 42765.

While not exclusively about the produce auction,  here is a 2010 blog post from Amish America that gives you a good feel for the Hart County Produce Auction.

5. Bath County Produce Auction – is located between Mount Sterling and Morehead, near I-64, at 2914 East Highway 60, Owingsville, KY 40360.  To find when the next auction is, take a look at the auction schedule.  There is also an attached map.  It seems that all auctions are in the evenings, at 6 pm.

May 012015
 

produce auction collage

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.

Cedar Valley Produce Auction – according to their brochure, the first auction this year is April 17th.  Auctions are held on Mondays at 4 PM, and Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 AM.  Cedar Valley Produce Auction is located at 18072 Addison Ave, Elma, IA 50628.  This is in the northern part of the state, near Minnesota.

From their website:

“In 2001 a group of farmers built the Cedar Valley Produce Auction by the town of Elma in northeast Iowa, and in the following years it has grown and now sells over $3 million annually! Selling flowers in the spring and then produce in the summer. All produce and flowers are grown locally and sold at the auction. … The auction also supplies local produce it wholesale prices. In the spring the Auction sells flowers in flats, and hanging baskets and mid summer changes over to sell fresh produce.”

 Sara, at Learning The Frugal Life, shares her experience going to a local produce auction in Iowa for the first time.  I love hearing other’s experiences and how other auctions are run.

Southern Iowa Produce Auctionis located in the southeast  portion of the state at 19141 Ice Avenue, Bloomfield, IA. Their first auction for the 2015 Season was Friday, April 10, followed by a second auction on April 17.  After the first two auction, they moved to twice weekly auctions through mid-July, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 AM.  For a market report or schedule information, call 712-432-8593.

Curving Back has a great post with lots of pictures if you are wanting to see a photo representation of this auction.

Lamoni Produce Auction/Farmsong Produce Auction, located at 16340 Farm Song Road, has produce auctions every Tuesday and Friday at 10 am.  In July they change to having three auctions – Monday at 4 PM and the Wednesday and Friday auctions at 10 AM.  In September they change  back to twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Located in south central  Iowa, they are right on the boarder with Missouri and would be a convenient stop for those living in either state.

Produce Auctions In Ohio – A sampling of 10 various auctions found across the state

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Apr 252015
 

produce auction collage

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.

Ohio produce growers and those in search of produce, have several choices of produce auctions to attend.  Rural Action has a map of 9 different produce auctions across Ohio.  There is a new auction (Scioto Valley Produce Auction) that is not on Rural Action’s map, bringing the total to 10 different produce auctions. While the majority are found in the northeast part of the state, there are several found in the southern part as well as on auction in the northwest part of the state.


Chesterhill Produce Auction, in Morgan County is located at 8380 Wagoner Rd, Chesterhill, Ohio, is a example of having the right people in the right place at the right time to fill a need of a community.  The video here explains how and why this auction was started.  They also highlight the benefits to the community and the farmers. Starting in May, on Mondays and Thursdays at 4 p.m, the auction will continue into October.

On a side note, I was really thrilled to see the effort and results put into this auction by those who first thought of idea and those who have joined to make it a success.  It would have been easy to give up and throw in the towel any  number of times along the way.  Instead, perseverance has paid off and now there is a thriving auction in place that benefits all involved.

Here are two more links about the auction in Chesterville :

Chesterhill Produce Auction: A Rural Appalachia Case Study

Chesterhill Produce Auction from Rural Action

 

Bainbridge Produce Auction in Ross County is located 5 miles south of Bainbridge, Ohio 45612 on St. Route 41.  This is in the southwest portion of Ohio, about 1.5 hours east of Cincinnati.  Auctions are held 3 times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  For further information call 740-634-3451.

 


Owl Creek Produce Auction, in Marrow County, is located at 20999 Waterford Rd. (St. Rt. 22) Fredricktown, Ohio 43019.  The 2015 Season began in early April.  In May the auctions move to taking place on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Fridays at 9 a.m.  From June through the beginning of October auctions take place 3 times a week.  Check out their website for times.

Ohio’s Country Journal wrote an article in 2014 highlighting the Owl Creek Produce Auction.

Scioto Valley Produce Auction in Hardin County if a fairly new auction, locate a few miles east of Kenton Ohio.  This auction is fairly new, having started in 2011. The auction is located at 18031 State Route 309, Kenton, Ohio 43326.  

The first auction of the 2015 Season was April 17th.  Check their Facebook page for more information on upcoming auction dates and times.

Here is another video featuring the Scioto Valley Produce Auction.

 

Captina Produce Auction is located at  39050 W. Captina Highway, Barnesville, Ohio in Belmont County.  Auctions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.  Here is an article from written by the Barnesville-Enterprise that tells a bit more about this auction and what you might find.

 

Mt. Hope Produce Auction in Holmes County is located at 7701 St. Rt. 241 Millersburg, Ohio 44654

From their website: “The Farmer’s Produce Auction was started in 1995 as a wholesale market for local farmers to grow and sell their produce in bulk to buyers throughout the state. The Produce Auction was the first of its kind started in Ohio and is currently one of the largest in the state.”

Looking at their auction schedule, I would have to agree.  They currently are running produce auctions twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), though say they will be “running Monday @ 11:00 AM, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays at 10:00 AM.”  

Here are some further articles, experiences and photos from the Mt. Hope Produce Auction:

Homerville Produce Auction is found in Medina County.  Their address is 9430 Spencer Rd. Homerville, Ohio 44235

To see when their next auction is, check out their Facebook page.

 

Middlefield Produce Auction/Geauge Growers Produce Auction, in Geauge County, is a very action packed  place to be.  Found at 14575 Madison Rd. (St.Rt. 528) Middlefield, Ohio 44062, this auction can have up to 3 different auction rings going at the same time by the high of summer.  Even through the winter they are selling items, though no produce.

The first auction for the 2015 Season was April 6th. Through the month of April Monday auctions are held 5 p.m.  Begining May 1st, 10 a.m. Friday auctions will also be held.  In June, the 10 a.m. Wednesday auctions will be added.

Here is an article from Cleveland.com concerning the Middlefield Produce Auction – Monday Is Auction Day In Middlefield.

Blooming Grove Auction, located at 1091 Free Rd. Shiloh, Ohio 44878 is in Richland County.  To find time of auctions, check here.  A phone number can also be found at the same link, if you are wanting to double check whether an auction is take place at a certain time.

Apr 182015
 

produce auction collage

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.

South Carolina seems to have only one produce auction, and newer one at that.  If you ever get out to that part of the country, stop by for a visit and help support this new venture.

The Jasper County Farmers’ Market in Ridgeland has a wholesale auction market on Thursday mornings, in addition to their retain sales on Fridays.  The address is: 9935 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, Ridgeland, SC.

You can find more information on Jasper County’s website.  From their website:

“For more information about this wholesale produce auction, contact either of the two auction co-managers below.”
Randy James, Ph.D. Joe McDomick
Auction Co-Manager Auction Co-Manager
(843) 671-6710 (843) 986-6157
randallejames@gmail.com jmcdomickjr@yahoo.com

(picture is from Jasper County’s Chamber of Commerce website.)

Apr 162015
 

produce auction collage

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 
Phone: 757.385.4388
Day/Times  
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.

 

COURTLAND, VIRGINIA

Southeast Virginia Farmers Market/Courtland Farmers’ Market
 24540 Agripark Drive
Courtland, VA 23837
Phone:  757.653.0728
Day/Time
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.