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Reston Farmers Market

Reid's Orchard offered samples of local berries. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

Today the Shapiro family was in Reston for a free childrens puppet show, DinoRocks at the Lake Fairfax Amphitheater. Along the way we came across the Reston Farmer’s Market. As soon as the show was over we rushed over there hoping it would be open past 11 a.m. — and we were in luck. Even though it was very hot, the market was very busy. Folks were browsing and sampling at various vendors who brought their goods from area farms all over the tri-state area. There was a great assortment of vendors offering goods such as meat, baked goods, ice cream, produce, dairy, flowers, and even ice cream.

Reid’s Orchard from Buchanan Valley, PA, had a variety of fruits and vegetables and flowers. My favorite part about going to the Farmer’s Market is being able to taste the fresh produce. Reid’s offered some blueberries, both sour and sweet cherries and gooseberries.  Since we enjoyed their sample so much, we bought some ripe juicy and delicious sweet cherries. My son,

Reid's Sweet Cherries. Sold!

Alex who is 6 tried a sour cherry for the first time. I was surprised when he said that he liked it. I tried a gooseberry for the first time. It tasted like a tart grape. The market is an opportunity for me to shop but I’m also trying to make it educational by teaching my children that the food that we eat comes from the ground (or animals that eat food that comes from the ground). It’s amazing how everything is in some way traced back to the Earth’s goodness.

Glascock’s Produce from spa town, Berkeley Springs, WV offered mostly herbs and plants and jarred goods such as, apple and peach butter. J & W Valley View Farm from Montross, VA had a variety of fruits and vegetables available including melon, potatoes, corn, and squash. Blue Ridge Dairy Co. from Northern Virginia who uses fresh Jersey cows’ milk from a family farm in Carroll County,  Maryland, and Fertile Plains and Custom Pork from Martinsburg, WV is “a fourth generation working farm where many of their ingredients are homegrown. All chickens and hogs are raised right there,” according to AssociatedContent.com. They apparently don’t have a website. I bought a huge thing of garlic, also from somewhere. God knows what I am going to do with it all.

Sinplicity Ice Creams & Sorbets.

I barely escaped Sinplicity Ice Creams & Sorbets. I would have been easily persuaded, considering how hot it was today. Their website says that they have a location in Falls Church — that’s not far from my home 😉 Also, I noticed a print out that they had advertising that Washingtonian magazine had listed them as a “Best bite”. The Washingtonian is all the convincing I need. I live and die by the magazine — and have done so since high school (sad but true).

Wisteria Gardens Samples.

Wisteria Gardens had a variety of greens such as arugula and offered many samples of their products, such as salsa, hummus dips, and spreads. And of course, the kid’s favorite,  Colonial Kettle Corn, founded in 1999 but offers, “a two hundred year-old traditional popcorn cooked in a specially designed kettle” offered samples of their sweet and salty treat. We couldn’t leave until Alex got what he wanted. That’s fine … just proves that the Farmer’s market has a little something for everyone.

It was fun and now I’m motivated to go to the one closest to home — the Kingstowne Farmer’s Market. There are completely different vendors, according to the vendors list, so we’ll see.

In March 2009, we opened the doors to our winery tasting room and began doing business as Reid’s Orchard & Winery.

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