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.
Miller shows off his grass fed free-range brown and colored chicken
Read history of Reston Farmers Market
in April 2015 issue of Reston
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
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
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