Friday, May 20, 2022

Cullipher Farm’s second Virginia Beach Location opens this weekend

Left to right, Mike and Louis Cullipher, co-owners of the farm (Courtesy of cullipherfarm.com)
Mike (left) and Louis Cullipher, co-owners of the farm. (Courtesy of cullipherfarm.com)

VIRGINIA BEACH – Locals will soon be able to pick their own tomatoes and peppers along with other produce.

Cullipher Farm will celebrate the grand opening of its second Virginia Beach location on Friday and Saturday. The new farm at 1065 First Colonial Road will offer a variety of products not available at its Princess Anne location, including potato salad, cole slaw, seafood, Virginia-grown peanuts and more.

Co-owner Mike Cullipher said the weather is looking good for the days leading up to the opening.

“I’m a little nervous,” he said in a phone interview. “Any time you do something new, you are a little bit apprehensive and are hoping everything goes like you planned. I’d say it’s a happy nervous.”

The Cullipher family has been farming in northeastern North Carolina and Hampton Roads for almost 200 years, according to a release. Their operation grows more than 250 varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Strawberry and pumpkin are the busiest seasons for the farm, with between 800 and 900 customers a day on those weekends, according to Cullipher.

The family plans to grow its play space for children and add a seating area for adults at the new location. Plans for an ice cream shop are also in the works, if the City Council approves it, Cullipher said.

“We want to create a community gathering spot,” he said.

Customers will also be able to cut their own flowers and herbs at the new location. The Grand Opening will include a seedling giveaway to the first 50 customers.

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