Field Trips & Educational Programs

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If ​​you're interested in learning about Virginia Beach agriculture and its history, sign up for one of our “Live the Life” Tours, "Taste of the Market" and "Farm to Table." For younger children​, the market offers a "Fun on the Farm" tours. Each tour is unique, inviting, educational, and fun for everyone!

Bus parking is available and picnic tables are scattered throughout the grounds. 

Restrooms, ATM, water fountain, and a telephone are also available for public use.

 Fun on the Farm Field Trip

Chickens in a coopYour students will enjoy visiting with vendors and participating in hands-on activities including:
  • Milking “Beachy” the model Holstein cow
  • Making butter​
  • Pumping water and washing clothes using a washboard
  • Grinding corn
  • Vsiting the market gardens 
“Fun on the Farm” is recommended for students from Preschool through 5th grade. Many of Virginia’s SOLs concerning agriculture are covered during the field trip. Topics include: insects, vermiculture, plants and farm animals, with an emphasis on life cycles, habitat and reduce, reuse, recycle.

Cost: $7 per child; there is no cost for parents or teachers.

For a "Sneak Peek" of our Fun on the Farm field trip at the Rural Heritage Center, Click here.​

 Farm to Table

When talking food cuisine at the beach no conversation is complete without a mention of our locally grown fruits and vegetables. An area rich in history, we can boast of Lynnhaven oysters being served on the Titanic or once having more than 1500 acres of strawberries in production. Come join us with FARM TO TABLE as we speak with local farmers and savor some fresh produce. Gain insight to the importance of supporting local agriculture while protecting our farmland and forests. Finally, hear stories of when our area had more pigs than people, as Virginia Beach was once the largest hog producer East of the Mississippi.

  • Tour Price: $25 per person
  • Tour Length: 4 hours
  • Participants: minimum 10, maximum 50
  • Availability: year-round, Monday - Saturday
  • (757) 385-4388

Call the market office ​​for options and to customize tour.

 Taste of the Market

SquashWhether you're looking for fresh-from-the-farm produce, locally made specialty foods and baked goods, seafood, or a great butcher, Virginia Beach Farmers Market is a family-friendly destination. TASTE OF THE MARKET is a down-to-earth tour that features a sampling from Season's Best Bakery, The Country Butcher, Gilly's Creamery and our produce vendors. Escape from the Boardwalk and take a taste of Virginia's Finest; finish your visit off with some leisurely shopping.

  • Tour Price: $20 per person
  • Tour Length: 2 hours
  • Participants: minimum 10, maximum 50
  • Availability: year-round, Monday - Friday​
  • Call (757) 385-4388​