There’s a produce stand outside the library. What gives?

The farm stands will be outside of various VBPL locations this summer. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Virginia Beach Library)
The farm stands are outside of VBPL branches this summer. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Virginia Beach Library)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The city’s public library system is currently hosting its annual Farm Stand program where various local farmers provide fresh produce for sale.

The farm stands launched in the summer of 2013 with Flanagan Farm at Central Library and Vaughan Farms at the Kempsville Area Library, said Christine Brantley, Virginia Beach Public Library communications manager.

The two farms continue to participate at those locations and they’ve added other farmers and locations over the years.

A library manager suggested that Virginia Beach Public Libraries partner with the city’s agriculture department to bring farm stands to library locations as a way to promote agriculture, bring fresh local produce to parts of the city where it’s not always easily accessible and support interest in farm-to-table products and environmental literacy in Virginia Beach, Brantley said.

VBPL and the agriculture department worked together to make the farm stand program happen, she said.

“The farm stands were an immediate success and our customers look forward to them every year,” Brantley said. “They add another layer to the sense of community at our libraries,” she said.

See the list below for dates and locations of the farmer stands.

All stands have already begun for the summer season except at Kempsville Area Library which will begin following their reopening Wednesday.

  • Vaughan Farms at Great Neck Area Library; Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Flanagan Farms at MEO Central Library; Tuesday & Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Flip Flop Farmer at Bayside Area Library; Thursday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Vaughan Farms at Kempsville Area Library; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – beginning June 27

For farms interested in signing up to be a part of the program there are limited spaces available — they can contact David Trimmer, Director of Agriculture for the city at DTrimmer@vbgov.com.

To keep up with what’s going on at the library this summer, click here.

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