So it’s been a couple of years since I posted about the Southside Produce Auction. When I last wrote about this outfit, they were just getting started. Now, they‘ve got a fantastic facility with lots of parking. It’s located just north of Cullen, Virginia on Route 47. Cars and trucks enter off of Vincent Store Road. Horse and buggies enter off Route 47 (Thomas Jefferson Highway). This is Amish country and the Auction is run by the Amish. (That sort of explains why you have come to my website and not theirs. They don’t have a web-site.)
They are open on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Auction begins at 10 am, but the auction floor opens up around 8 am for sellers to unload and fill out their consignment sheets.
There is no cost to become a seller or a buyer, just fill out a form in the office and get a number. You will need your tax payer ID number for the form. Your auction number is good for buying and selling. As a seller, you are provided with a list of rules and guidelines. Basically, quality, quality, quality. Your number is your reputation, so pack your boxes wisely. The Auction takes a 10% cut of everything you sell there. You can purchase packing boxes, cartons, etc in the office – very reasonably priced.
Most everything is produced locally (within 100 miles), but they do accept some out of area produce and it is sold in a separate section as “shipped in.” There is a good selection of produce, plants and eggs, though not as much as normal for this time of year due to the very cold spring. There is also a table of fresh baked goodies, if your tummy starts rumbling. As a buyer, you can purchase a little or a lot. As a seller, if you put it on the floor, you take the price the auctioneer gets for you, good or bad. There are no minimum bids.
So if you find your garden producing a glut and your neighbors simply won’t take anymore zucchini or tomatoes, why not unload your excess at the Southside Produce Auction? You don’t have to be a big producer to sell there. In fact there is a separate small lot table just for this sort of circumstance. A couple dozen eggs, a few quarts of strawberries – you get the picture.
Apriori Farm is not affiliated with the Southside Produce Auction other than I sometimes sell my produce there. If you need more information, please contact – John Y. Esh; 4489 Germantown Road, Charlotte Court House, VA 23923. Or you may contact the Charlotte County Extension Office for more information. Their number is (434) 542-5884. Their hours are 8-5 Monday through Friday.