Smithfield Farmers Market presents Meet the Vendor

April 06, 2023


Meet the Vendor is a brand new blog series that will feature a Smithfied Farmers Market vendor throughout the 2023 Season. Join us as the market celebrates "the Year of the Farmer" and get to know these hard working, small business owners dedicated to bringing fresh local produce and specialty foods to the Smithfield and Isle of Wight community.





Hunger Shop, May2023 


Hunger Shop was a brand new vendor at the Smithfield Farmers Market last year and will be returning again this season!

Meet the Team:

Owners, Andres Sandoval & David Francis and the Director of Operations, Katie Sandoval. The team says, "Hunger provides sauces, rubs, and merchandise inspired by the love of food, cooking, and being a smart ass."


Hunger was created in 2013 with the purpose to do something that the partners were passionate about, and to work for themselves.


Andres and David create all of the flavor profiles of the seasonings, sauces, and rubs in house, then everything is bottled either at Ashburn Sauce Company in Virginia Beach or Mayflower Commissary, also in Virginia Beach.
"The creation process goes from concept to ingredients to basic ratios to tested methods and then final adjustments."According to the team, creating their perfect blends can happen on the first try or of course, can take several tries. "We want everyone to know how flavor centric we are. Our only ulterior motive is to infuse people's lives with flavor." Hunger Shop has a seasoning, sauce or rub for everyone's palate. The most popular product is their Table Red Hot Sauce.

Hunger is always thinking outside the box and creating new things. Make sure to follow their social medias pages for new & exciting things including the opening of their own shop in the future!

Although they frequent markets all around the Hampton Roads area, they are also partnered with 2 restaurants: Quirks and Charly's Airport Restuarant.
"We are really proud to service the greater Hampton Roads area. We are from here, southside and the peninsula. We are proud to be Virginians and make Virginian products. Our variety of products are inspired by international, local, and everyday items. And as always, Have Fun with Food!" - The Hunger Shop Team

You can follow them on FaceBook @hungershop, Instagram @hungershopva, and on their website:







G & S Apiary and Breezy Hill Meadworks, April 2023 


Meet sister companies, G & S Apiary and Breezy Hill Meadworks (formerly Serendipity Meadworks)! They have been coming to the market since 2010 with their mead and honey. You can usually find them in the corner of the parking lot next to Cedar Street!

Meet the Team:

The team consists of Adam Hofman, Duane Eby, Ed & Jane Schweiger, Gary Godsinski, Jessie Pangrac, Lisa & Robert Bright, and Samuel Sayampanathan.

Adam helps out with everything in the business including production, sales, etc. Duane helps with production and farmers markets. Ed is the company manager and master mead maker. Jane is the creative artist making soaps, candles, etc. Jessie is involved with the marketing and creating on-site attractions. Lisa is also in marketing, taking care of the hives, and helping around the business. Robert takes care of the farmers markets. Samuel is in charge of social media. and Gary is the primary beekeeper of around 80 hives.


The company began in 1978 when Ed his first homebrew shop in his home in Kentucky after legislation was passed that legalized the production of homebrew and home wine making in all of the United States, except Alabama and Mississippi in 1976.

After graduating from college, Ed moved to Newport News and created the first batch of mead that was inspired by a fellow home brewing enthusiast (who also was an avid Beowulf and J.R.R. Tolkien fan) in July of 1989.

In 1995 Ed bought the farm where everything is made today, but it wasn't until 2004 that himself and Jane built the farm. When building the farm, a dead tree was cut down and when it fell the sky above them filled with all of the bees that lived inside the tree. The following January, Ed got a beekeeping suit and hive and gave beekeeping a whirl.

From there the business was booming enough to build a 3600 sq foot honey house.


The companies offer an array of products created from their homegrown honey. They offer about 13 different kinds of mead which you can taste at the Smithfield Farmers Market and at their tasting room at their farm located at 15981 Breezy Hill Lane in Smithfield. Their mead can also be purchased online on their website,

They also have products made from the wax collected from the hives including candles and soaps as well as bottles of honey and honey sticks. Jane also creates honey and bee inspired stained glass pieces and other unique items.

Check them out on Facebook at Breezy Hill Meadworks and at G & S Apiary, Inc.

Breezy Hill Meadworks is located at 15981 Breezy Hill Lane in Smithfied. 






The Pink Box, June 2023 


Due to her love for desserts and as a way to become her own boss, Gwendolyn Freeman’s dream was fulfilled when she opened The Pink Box, a family-owned cupcake and dessert bakery. This was also her way to spend more time with her children and leave a legacy for them.

The Pink Box opened their doors on Valentines Day of 2020 – just in time for the COVID pandemic but they persevered and made it through! The Pink Box Shop is located in Suffolk and the Freeman’s participate in events all around Coastal Virginia.

Whether you have a special order or are just passing by their shop, this family has the dessert for you – they offer over 100 cupcake flavors! And everything is homemade and with the freshest ingredients.

Their bestsellers are their gigantic cinnamon rolls, banana pudding, and their fresh lemonade.

The Pink Box also offers gift cards, new handmade apparel, and you can find them on Door Dash.

This will be Gwendolyn’s second year at the Smithfield Farmers Market, and you can find them each week against the fence line…just follow your sweet tooth. Kids and adults can go nuts at this booth so be sure to go early in case they sell out!

Be sure to check out the Pink Box’s website,, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ThePinkBox, or visit them at their shop at 5860 Harbour View Blvd. in Suffolk.