Find the Freshness: Shopping for Seafood and Produce in the River Realm
We’re more than sunsets and seafood dinners here in the River Realm–though we’re pretty big fans of those things. Around the bends and banks of our rivers and bays here, local farmers bring out the best of the fields and farms. Alongside fresh seafood finds, they present local produce, meats and other goods at farmer’s markets and stands in the area. From fresh locally sourced pickles to summer vegetables, you can find it all here during a day trip or weekend adventure. Keep it for your cottage at the river or bring it back home to the city.
J & W Seafood
16552 General Puller Highway, Deltaville, VA
This family business has been around for more than 30 years! The market is always open to provide everything you need to create a meal or a picnic including homemade hummus, twice baked potatoes, calamari salad, avocado salsa, crab cakes, Rivah Dip, wine, beer, crackers, and cooked or raw seafood. The full-service tackle shop can also help you bring home your own catch. `
Dug In Farms
155 Fleet’s Bay Road, White Stone, VA
Dug In Farms sells items from local farmers and makers at its farm stand just off Route 3. There is always something fresh and creative. The stand is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In honor of 50 Years of Love, pick up Doug’s Pickled Summer of Love package with three signature items to bring home: Kickles (Hot Pickles), Baby Beets and Dilly Beans.
280 Gloucester Road, Saluda, VA
Visit this small, family owned market in Saluda, right off Rt. 17. Norman’s Produce offers locally sourced veggies, fruits, flowers and bedding plants. Inside the shop you will find, home-baked breads, goat cheese, Amish butter, jellies and salsa, soft shell crabs and oysters (when in season) and scrumptious pies. Seasonal items feature flowering hanging plants, Christmas trees, wreaths, pumpkins,and mums will get you in the spirit for every holiday.
15873 General Puller Highway, Deltaville, VA
Merryvale is a third generation farm who’s farm stand is open Spring through the Fall. Produce is grown on site to include perfectly sun-ripened tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe, corn, peppers, squash, cucumbers, green beans and watermelon just to name a few! Dig in to some fresh (never frozen) scallops, fish and crab from the local watermen that are stocked at the market, too!
Old Farm Truck
453 Rappahannock Dr, White Stone, VA 22578
Visit the White Stone farm stand for fresh, delicious, and healthy food. Old Farm Truck always offers up locally sourced food and good conversation. After nine seasons of operation, this where the locals go to get more than 150 different varieties of fruits and vegetables from more than a dozen farms.
Kellum Farms Produce & Seafood
3443 Irvington Rd, Irvington, VA 22480
The Kellum family is well known in the area for its oyster business, which spans generations and fuels stores around the country with River Realm oysters. The family also brings its seafood to you at its storefront, Kellum Farms Produce & Seafood. They also carry milk, ice cream, barbeque, handmade gifts, season produce, handmade gifts and Amish goods.
Miss Mary Seafood
58 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone, VA
River Realm locals Captain Tony Ferguson and Lisa Carol Rose come from a long line of Virginia watermen and women who have been working the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for centuries. They’re very picky about where they source their seafood! You won’t have to worry about where it was caught, picked, packed, or processed.
River Realm Farmers Markets *Due to COVID 19, please check each market’s page for actual hours*
Kilmarnock Farmers Market
150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA
The Kilmarnock Farmers Market takes over Town Center Park the 4th Saturday of each month, starting in May and running until October. This is a traditional farm-to-table and bay-to-table market. A variety of local vendors sell high quality of meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and other locally sourced grafts and art.
Irvington Farmers Market
Irvington Commons, 98 King Carter Drive, Irvington, VA
The Irvington Farmers Market has received the stamp of approval of locals and travel experts alike, including the honor of being named the Best Farmers Market on Virginia’s East Coast by Virginia Living Magazine. Vendors feature whole vegetables and fruits as well as an array of prepared foods like fresh homemade bread, artisanal cheeses, local honey, meat, and seafood. We also have vendors from across the region who offer handmade shopping for decor or gifts, you’ll also discover crafts, jewelry, clothing, furniture, glassware, baskets, soaps, artwork, and flowers. Food trucks also join in, so you can enjoy a creative meal while you shop every first Saturday of the month from May through November.
Holly Point Framer’s Market
287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville, VA
Held at the Deltaville Maritime Museum every fourth Saturday May through September, the 30 acre Holly Point Nature Park is a perfect place to stroll in search of local produce, honey, artisan cheeses, fresh baked breads, flowers and plants, art, handmade clothing, jewelry, soaps and more! The park has walking trails, a pier, free creek cruises, kayak launch and a children’s garden. Learn all about the local heritage of boat building at the museum. Bilz Bistro offers good eats and drinks at the tea house and a shaded picnic area. Don’t miss a rocking good time each evening from 5-7:00pm with the outdoor concert series “Groovin’ in the Park.”
Urbanna Farmer’s Market
425 Bonner St, Urbanna, VA
Located in Taber Park, the Urbanna Farmer’s Market is close to the source! Every second Saturday May through September, the farmers market opens rain or shine. Local craftsman, seafood purveyors, farmers, artisans and more bring a bit of River Realm flavor to one of our favorite small towns. Come hungry and ready to shop.
Looking for more Local Food to Bring Home?
The River Realm is packed with markets, stores and restaurants in every corner and they all feature local goods and friendly faces. Visit our Business Directory to get a full list of places to discover where to shop and eat here. Our blog is also full of new ideas and lists to get inspired for your next day trip and locally sourced meal.
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