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Norfolk -- Grocery shopping?

I need help! We're moving to Norfolk. BF is already there and I'll be visiting regularly and moving there permanently in September/October. We have a place in downtown Norfolk.

I'm having miserable time finding good produce. I've been in a Harris Teeter and a G.W. (Gene Walters) grocery store. Both were horrible! Not super clean and the produce was horrendous! I've searched and there's not a Whole Foods, Wild Oats or anything like that less than an hour away.

Any suggestions for small markets? Co-ops? Farmers' markets? Local farms? Anything? Please?

I tend to prefer locally grown, organic produce, whatever's in season.

So far, the best suggestion I've gotten is for Trader Joe's in Newport News.

I'm moving from Phoenix, so I'm used to lots of shopping options, farmers' markets, fresh produce, etc.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Gayle

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  1. hey there! yeah, unfortunately there is no Whole Foods here. the Heritage-way out in Virginia Beach at the end of Laskin Rd near the oceanfront-usually has pretty decent produce. there is a farmers' market in the five points area of norfolk which i can't speak for first hand. sometimes the Farm Fresh in wards corner (little creek rd just off granby)is good. there is a decent farmers' market way the heck out in the southeast corner of VA Bch at the end of Princess Anne Rd. There is also an Asian market in Virginia Beach with a pretty awesome array of produce. it's located at the intersection of Great Neck Rd and Virginia Beach Blvd. i think a Farm Fresh(local chain)is being built downtown-maybe it will be good. good luck!

    1. Yep, there's a new Farm Fresh being built on the corner of Boush and Tazewell, a block from our house. It's about a year from completion I've been told.

      I'll check out the Asian market for sure. I also hear there's a farmer's market at MacArthur Center downtown. That's worth a shot.

      Thanks!

      1. If you find yourself in Va. Beach there is a Fresh Market at Hilltop. They have a good selection of produce usually. Sorry you didn't like Harris Teeter - most people think their produce is generally good. Maybe it depends on the one you visit. I don't think Trader Joe's is worth the trouble to get to.

        1. Yes, welcome to my daily nightmare. The grocery stores in Norfolk are truly awful. As for produce there is now a farmer's market downtown at the mall for the summer...the problem is that since they only sell VA produce the selection is limited...with NC right across the border i don't know why they won't see their stuff. There is also a great little market in Va Beach on First Colonial Rd near VB General Hospital called Stoney's. Yes it a hike but you might as well go to Fresh Market for meats while you are there.

          1. Oh, I so commisurate! Norfolk is awful for finding FRESH produce. And expensive?? Wow. We're from NY...thought moving to a port town would offer us many choices. Food is EXPENSIVE: poor quality, not fresh and few options.

            Our best bets: New Organic Food Depot opened up on Granby and 19th street. Asian Market and Walmart.

            We also found the North Carolina State Farmer's market near Raleigh to be unbeatable. Virginia Beach's Farmers market is ok...but the NC one is easily 5x's bigger, less expensive and offers absolutely the freshest stuff I've seen here. It's a drive! But if you're heading that way, must stop.