Lake Anne Fall Farmers Market Open 11/19 to 12/17
Lake Anne Village Center hosts two farmers markets for the benefit of residents of Reston and neighboring communities. The Reston Farmers Market (restonfarmersmarket.com), a Best of Virginia award winner, sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority is open Saturdays for the 2016 season from early May 7 through November 12. The Market opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 12 noon. After the Reston Farmers market ends, the Lake Anne Reston Condominium Association (LARCA) will sponsor the Lake Anne Fall Farmers market which will run Saturdays until December 17. Note that its hours are 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

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 ingredientsóall 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 studentís family.

by John Lovaas, Co-Market Master

Great article in Reston Connection-05/7/14 (with photos)

Virginia Living Magazine
Best of Virginia 2013 Issue, named the Reston Farmers Market as the Best Farmers Market in Northern Virginia. "On Saturdays, May through November, Lake Anne Plaza becomes a bustle of people, produce and bluegrass music at the Reston Farmers Market. Market Masters John and Fran Lovaas work tirelessly each season to present a vast variety of vendors for the community to enjoy as they stroll through the market..."

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 itís 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: Farmersí Markets are great places to meet your neighbors.

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Market Open May 7 to November 12 - 8am to 12 noon
Sorry, no dogs are allowed at Reston Farmers Market
(Closed Sept. 24 for Multicultural Festival)

In Rehoboth Beach, DE, 
visit Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market http://rbfarmersmarket.com 

Market Masters:
John and Fran Lovaas - 703-429-1117; info@restonfarmersmarket.com 
Sue Merk sbmerk@verizon.net

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