Old Virginia Beach Farmers Market: Local vendors and family fun

Old Beach Farmers Market (OBFM) is an outdoor marketplace just six blocks from the ocean and one block from the Virginia Beach Convention Center in the parking lot of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro. It was founded in 2008 and is run by volunteers as an independent organization.

The local farmers market continues to support local family-owned farms and Virginia native wineries. Old Beach Farmers Market features seasonal produce, savory foods from local chefs, soap and flowers at each vending stand.

The Hemp is a locally owned and operated business in Virginia Beach. They make dog treats for canines to enjoy and spark happiness on a pet owner’s face. Angela Kapetanakis is the owner of The Hemp and absolutely loves her business. She has invested a substantial amount of time into making sure her ingredients are perfect.

As a small and local business, Kapetanakis gets a great deal of her business from the Virginia Beach Flea Market event, which is located next to the Old Virginia Beach Farmers Market. Business owner Kapetanakis wants to grow her business by ensuring all customers are satisfied. “I’ve never had an unsatisfied dog before. Not that they can communicate with us, but their parents have never been dissatisfied,” Kapaetanakis said.

If you would like to support Kapetanakis and try out her products, her bakery is located at 208 East Main St Norfolk, Va. 23510 and be sure to visit her website at www.the-hemp-barkery.business.site.

Capstone Mushroom is a local farm that specializes in selling cleansing mushrooms for self-care. 

Capstone Mushroom has a small farm which grows gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in Virginia Beach. They operate in climate-controlled indoor grow houses,  which enables the quantity for fresh mushrooms year-round.

“I had seen mushroom products on social media before, but seeing them up close was an experience,” junior Brittany White said.

As a form of medical healing, Capstone Mushroom offers medicinal mushroom tinctures for $15.00. For more products and deals go to www.capstonemushrooms.com and be sure to give the local business a visit at 5047 Cleveland St, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462. Capstone Mushroom encourages new customers to try their products for medicine, cleansing, eating and to even put in your coffee or tea.

The vast display of green will certainly catch your attention when you first go to Grace and Gratitude. The vendor stand owns a farm out back with over an acre of land to grow flowers, vegetables, herbs, rosemary, succulents, etc.

“Personally, I love nature so this vendor and their plants were very intriguing to me. Looking at all their plants, I could tell that the owners took very good care of them. I wish I would have bought a couple of their plants thinking back on it. They didn’t just have plants which I loved. They had engraved spoons and forks which had very nice messages on them. Overall, this was an enjoyable stand to look at,” said Tim Garnett II.

As a popular vendor for gardening, people enjoy the spirit and display of Grace and Gratitude. If you are interested in helping a green and charismatic business, call 757-472-6067. Visit www.graceandgratitudefarm.com for more questions about Grace and Gratitude. It is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

by Joshua Heller