Meet the Farmers at the Reston Farmers Market
Excerpt from article in Reston Connection 4/25/18
It's a little after 1:45 a.m., on Saturday morning. Dawn won’t break for almost six hours, but one of the vendors for the Reston Farmers Market, Valentine Miller (shown at left) of Valentine’s Bakery & Meats in Orange, Va., is up and ready to go. He has to get his coolers and bins of fresh top-quality natural meats and homemade baked goods from the family home business onto his truck. The meats are all natural with no growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics. The family's fresh homemade baked turnovers, pies, sweet bread and coffee cakes take special care, as Miller's wife, Carletta baked them on Friday. Three and 1/2 hours later and seventy-seven miles later, Miller pulls his truck into the Fairfax County Farmers Market at Lake Anne Village, 11401 North Shore Drive, Reston. Miller will be here every Saturday, April through December operating his stall at Reston Farmers Market.

Valentine Miller shows off his grass fed free-range brown and colored chicken eggs.

Read history of Reston Farmers Market
in April 2015 issue of Reston Magazine

Where does your food come from?
(A story from the Reston Farmers Market)

          One regular at the Reston Farmers Market decided to show one family the wonderful fresh foods available at the Reston Farmers Market and how to enjoy them.  Lesley Aschenbach, who works at Aldrin Elementary School in Reston, decided a few months ago to offer to take a student and his/her family to shop at the Market and to prepare a dinner for them using the fresh food purchased there. 

          And, what a marvelous feast she made with: grass fed flank steak, greens, white sweet corn, homemade sauce for a marinade, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, basil, fresh baked bread, butter, peaches and blueberries.  Just imagine what a real cook like Lesley did with these ingredients—all local and very fresh.

          According to Lesley, the meal was a big hit with the student and the entire family.  It seems like we are likely to see the family regularly at the Reston Farmers Market.  Lesley told me that it was such a great experience for her that she plans to announce that she will do it again next year for another student’s family.

by John Lovaas, Co-Market Master

Reston Farmers Market — Gem at Lake Anne - 8/27/18

Five Reasons to Buy Local

1. ENVIRONMENT: Small-scale regional farming preserves green space and protects diverse wildlife populations.  Buy local also cuts global warming emissions produced by trucking food thousands of miles.

2. TASTE: Local produce is fresher and therefore tastes better. 

3. HEALTH: Food grown close to where it’s consumed has better nutritional value because it is fresh and has experienced less deterioration during transport.

4. MONEY: Buying local produce and meats keeps nearby farmers in business and puts your earnings back in the local economy. Additionally, the green space preserved by supporting regional agriculture keeps property taxes in check.

5. COMMUNITY: Farmers’ Markets are great places to meet your neighbors.

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