The Old Beach Farmers Market, located at the corner of Cypress and 19th Street, is just a short walk from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Every Saturday, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the award-winning Croc’s 19th Street Bistro offers up its parking lot for local farmers, fishermen and artisans to sell their goods. This is a wonderful, intimate market that really shows you the heart and soul of Virginia Beach.
The moment you enter, you’ll be charmed by the beautifully laid out displays of fresh seasonal produce, newly baked breads and cakes, handmade jewelry, fresh cut flowers, natural goats milk soaps, Virginia wines, potted herbs for planting, and more! Croc’s offers a little Virginia wine tasting and education, plus delicious dips like baba ganoush, and herbs right from their own garden. Come early though, because all the tastiest, most popular offerings are gone quickly!
I walked away with a trio of beautifully packaged scented soaps, free recipes to pair with my Virginia wine, and a lovely little lavender plant to add to my herb garden. My family and I fully intend to return next week and load myself down with everything we’ll need for an impromptu picnic on the beach!
I had a wonderful time talking with the farmers, artists, and restaurateurs, all so friendly and willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Both Croc’s and the Old Beach Farmers Market are certified “Virginia Green”, committed to protecting and promoting the environment by reducing the environmental impacts of tourism, so it’s an added bonus to know your shopping trip is helping sustain our environment.
620 19th Street (In the parking lot of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro)
Virginia Beach, VA 23451