Charles Flemer was practically born farming. He’s been working on his family farm for over 40 years, and the farm has been in his family for 4 generations. The Walnut Hill Farm is a 300 acre parcel in Colonial Beach, VA, with 65 acres devoted to produce. Charles and his crew deserve a ton of credit for what they do. They do much of their work using traditional methods, ie with their own two hands. They don’t use Facebook; they don’t take breaks; they’re old school farmers who get the job done.
Walnut Hill has been vending with GrowRVA since the first year of the South of the James Market, and they set up at several other markets around Richmond. Few people realize just how much work a small number of people do to bring such an abundance of Virginia-grown produce to the markets every week. Walnut Hill also makes preserves of many of their items, which they sell at the winter market, bringing a welcome taste of summer to customers during the colder months.
1. What is the name of your business, and what do you sell?
Walnut Hill Farm – VA-grown Produce.
2. What’s your most popular item, and why do you think it’s such a hit?
Canteloupe, watermelons, corn, tomatoes, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, pecans, figs. Because of the flavor!
3. How long have you been in business? What is something that would
surprise people about what you do?
40 years. My farm has been in my family for over 125 years.
4. What other market vendors do you trade with or buy from?
Mrs. Yoder’s Doughnuts
5. Describe your typical market Saturday:
Busy and fun. We also set up at the Midlothian Mines Market, so we are out all day.