As you visit Virginia Beach’s public libraries this summer you’ll find the usual: books, e-books, CDs and plenty of free events as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. But at two locations, Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library and Kempsville Area Library, you’ll also be able to pick up fresh produce. Once a week, local farmers will set up stands at the libraries, offering fresh, locally-grown fruit and vegetables for purchase.
Vaughan Family Produce will be at Kempsville Area Library, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning June 4. Flanagan Farms will be at Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning June. 6.
Virginia Beach Public Library and Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture have partnered to provide citizens with another convenient access point to purchase local farm products. Produce will vary by location and by what’s in season, including summer favorites like greens, lettuce, melon, tomatoes, sweet corn and strawberries to name a few. Specialty items like jam and salsa will also be available.
About Virginia Beach Public Library
A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, eight area libraries, a law library and a bookmobile. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early childhood literacy classes and local history archives. In addition to books in a variety of formats (print, audio and downloadable), the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, as well as movies, music, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.
About Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture
Through preservation strategies, education, departmental and community efforts, the Agriculture Department strives to preserve Virginia Beach’s rural heritage and agrarian culture. The department collaborates with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service to provide citizens with lifelong learning opportunities related to nutrition, food safety, financial management, family life, and environmental horticulture. The City’s year-round Farmers Market hosts 14 full-time tenants, providing a venue to shop local agriculture products and participate in agricultural education events, tours, and family-friendly entertainment. Visit www.vbgov.com/agriculture for more information.