On our vacation last week, one of the essential activities I had planned was a drive down to the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction in Dayton, VA. I learned about the place when I worked with David during my "agribusiness internship" back in 2011; we went back last summer as well. This time I wanted to see the early season crops...but Mary suspects that we went because I wanted some pie.
They have a little snack bar out in the back where you can buy sandwiches and sodas - and pie. There is a board where they list the varieties of the day. It's funny how on the day we went, everything was a two word flavor. For the record, we both chose one of my favorites - oatmeal pecan.
As far as the produce available, there was more than I expected, including early lots of tomatoes. David said that some of the farmers use hoop houses, so they get an extended growing season that is 6 weeks earlier and 6 weeks later.
While most of what was available was flowers (there are always plenty of these), there were some flats of herbs grown from seed, and a few other varieties. I made a little video of the call on some auctions - it's embedded below (you can see another action video on the Hawksbill Cabin YouTube channel!).
The auction's web page is here: http://svproduceauction.com/