Tarheel Too in Seagate North Shopping Center, Kill Devil Hills.

It’s been seven and a half hours on the road from Philadelphia, but at long last the car tires exit the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge, the family cheers wildly and . . . vacation has officially begun!

Of course there are a couple of things that have to be done before the everyone runs to the beach and jumps in the ocean.

Check-in is first. With the keyless entry that Brindley Beach Vacations offers on many of our homes it’s a little easier, but for most people the most important thing to do is to get to where they’re staying, unload the car and decide what to do next.

Certain staples call for a trip to the supermarket, but a more pleasant way to finish or begin the shopping experience might be a visit one to one our local produce stands. There are quite a number of them, both on the road through Currituck County and on the Outer Banks, but rather than make an endless list, we’ll just call out three that have been around for a while and have built up a loyal following over the years.

Tarheel Too, Seagate North Shopping Center, Kill Devil Hills

For almost 30 years, Ed Goninan has been manning the produce stand that seems to be plopped on top of the asphalt on the south end of Seagate North.

Ed often has he best prices around, and when he can get it, he carries local produce.

Cash only, though, so don’t pull out the credit card because he doesn’t take them.

Green Acres Farm Market, Soundside Duck Road, Duck

Owned by the Newborn family, one of the oldest farming families in Currituck County, when it’s being picked at their farm, it in the bins at Green Acres.

Dockside in Duck, the store next to it is also run by the Newberns. A couple of the family members are commercial fishermen, so the catch of the day is actually the catch of the day.

Seaside Farm Market, Timbuck II, Corolla

Probably the most full service of all the Outer Banks produce stands, includes fresh baked goods—the pies are wonderful—seafood and of course, produce.

Run by the Grandy family, whose family farm is just north of the Newbern’s property, they do stock their shelves with some of their own produce. They don’t grow peaches, but for some reason the peaches they stock are always the best around.