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Well stocked tables throughout the store offer fresh local produce and many other tasty items. Local and Virginia products are the main feature at this great store.
A shelf offering a variety of neatly- stocked produce keeps loyal customers coming back for more.
A large selection of Virginia wines and locally brewed beer is always available at Westside Produce and Provisions.

Westside Produce & Provisions Is A Top Destination For Awesome Locally Grown Produce And Much More

By Jack Armistead

Downtowner Editor

One of my favorite specialty stores in Hampton Roads is Westside Produce
and Provisions that is conveniently located at 5015 N. Colley Avenue in Norfolk.

A great assortment of locally grown produce and specialty meats (including country sausage and beef) produced in Virginia is one of the highlights of the store. The store is operated by James and Gordon Holley who grew up in Riverview and have lived in most all of the neighborhoods that surround the business. James Holley’s background includes experience in Foodservice and Retail food sales. Gordon has expertise in Foodservice Marketing and as a Procurement executive.

Gordon, who handles the day-to-day business functions and operations at Westside Produce, along with procurement, stocking and seeking out the best food for the shelves, is an expert at displaying the goods. James handles logistics, and getting all the fresh goodies to the store. You won’t see big tractor trailers delivering from cross country here.

Gordon had a natural inspiration for creating the store. The local foodservice distributor that he worked with sold to a national concern in 2010. After working for a family business for over 30 years, corporate America was not exactly what he was looking for. Unfortunately, 2010 was not a great time to be in need of a job. Gordon began volunteering for Buy Fresh, Buy Local Hampton Roads, a non-profit whose mission is to connect Farms and People. He realized that aside from the Farmer’s Markets on the weekends there was really no place, in town, that you could buy locally grown and produced foods on a regular basis.

The original plan was to do a seasonal produce stand in a couple of locations in Norfolk. After touring a friend’s property on Colley Avenue, it was decided to expand the vision. Instead of marketing just fresh produce, a variety of local food producers were contacted, and Westside Produce and Provisions was born.

Westside offers fresh produce and a variety of packaged foods from over 20 growers and producers in the Hampton Roads area, and at least that many more from the Commonwealth of Virginia and eastern North Carolina. The local produce is seasonal (you won’t find strawberries and melons there in December). You will find the best selection of fruits and veggies available in season, often times picked the day before they are offered. Fresh produce is the largest category by far, and Vine Ripened Tomatoes in all shapes and sizes are the largest single item.

You can also find honey from Suffolk, pickles from Swoope, Va., maple syrup from Highland County, grits from Nelson County, peanuts from Capron, salsas and sauces from Virginia Beach, peanut butter from Norfolk, herbs from Sperryville, chocolates from Chesapeake and Charlottesville, grass fed beef from Windsor and Suffolk, country ham, bacon and sausage from Surry, chicken from Suffolk and Swoope, crackers from Chantilly, cheese from Fairfield and Blackstone, pasta from Charlottesville, chips from Mt. Jackson, free range and pastured eggs from Chesapeake and Suffolk, BBQ from Edenton, N.C., baked goods from Norfolk and Virginia Beach, locally roasted coffees from Hampton, the Eastern Shore, and Virginia Beach, cheese spreads from Virginia Beach, and last but not least, over 50 premium wines, hard ciders, and meads from the best vineyards and cideries in the Commonwealth.

The brothers’ philosophy is that one of the most important things you can spend your money on is good real food - the kind your grandmother would recognize. When you combine that with buying from local farmers and producers, it’s a win-win for everybody. The consumer reaps the health benefits and the local farmers remain sustainable. According to the Virginia Food System Council, if each household in Virginia spent at least $10.00 per week on locally grown agriculture products, it could bring $1.65 billion back into the Virginia economy each year.

To ask what’s available today at Westside Produce and Provisions, give them a call at (757) 962-1961. Tell them The Downtowner sent you.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.

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