Abingdon: Meet the Locals [the Watsons]
Abingdon: Meet the Locals [the Watsons]
June 30, 2016

June, 2016
by Sarah Laughland

Sarah Laughland is a lifestyle & portrait photographer serving the DMV & Southwest Virginia. She’s a performer & creator who adores connecting with people through the art of visuals. She lives for supporting local, strong lattes, and good light. <3

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I eat a lot of eggs. Omelets, hard-boiled, scrambled. I hated them as a child and now I can’t get enough. Figures. I’m particular about my eggs, too, and knowing where they come from is important to me. And where do my eggs come from, you ask? From Venus and Louis Watson of Watson Greenhouse and Produce. There’s something light-hearted about these folks that makes me feel at home every time I walk up . You’ll recognize them because they haul their produce in a retired yellow school bus, and it’s the best thing ever.

With a friend by their side, I asked if I could take a few photographs of the flowers and a few shots of them. I asked their names, because even after all this time I haven’t put names to most of the faces I see around town each week. It’s funny how your world becomes a lot more meaningful once there’s a name and a story attached to it.

We didn’t talk a whole lot about produce (as you’ll see below), but we laughed about taking beauty portraits on that humid day. When I asked the couple about how long they had been married, Louis replied in regards to Venus, “When I first met her, I thought she was from outer space.

Get it?

That was really all I needed to make my morning.

Anyways, some other lovely items you can find at their booth include cabbage, walnuts, greens, flowers and herbs, green onions, potatoes, and a bit more that comes seasonally. Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion!

Enjoy the photos!


“Sarah: How long have you been farming?

Venus: Probably about 20 years of the raising produce.

S: How did you get started?

V: We started by, one year we had more garden stuff than we could put up, so we started selling some and added a little more so we could keep some ourselves. And ever since we’ve been married we’ve lived in Abingdon.

S: I always notice that it’s such a tight-knit community, and I think that’s part of the reason it works so well here. Everybody kind of wants the same things here, they believe in the local and the homegrown and the community. What does that local community mean to you?

V: Well it’s more family oriented and it’s more of a stable community.”


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