These are turbulent and perilous times for food safety, and it seems we have to worry about food actually being food. But there is one place where you can shop for food where you do not have to worry about toxins, bacteria, viruses, GMO foods, wax coatings, or anything added to your meat that isn’t really edible. It’s at the farmers market, of course!
This Wednesday, Smart Markets Reston will be the first to open this season in your community. Thanks to the great warm weather we have been having, and in spite of little rain thus far, the market will look like more like mid-May than mid-April. Your favorite produce farmers will have early greens and root vegetables, spring onions, a wide variety of leaf lettuces that are really tasty at this time of year, and asparagus and strawberries! And more that I admit I forgot about after I heard and read asparagus and strawberries!
The market will open for the season Wednesday, April 18 at the corner of Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive, and we have National Realty Company and the Reston Business Center to thank for the privilege of serving you from such a great location.
The market opens at 3:30 p.m. — and not before — and stays open until 7 p.m. through just about any weather except those high-wind thunderstorms that sometimes whip through on summer afternoons. We have been known to wait some of them out and reopen wetter and none the wiser if we know they are moving fast, but always check the website, our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for updates on stormy days.
We have many of your old favorite vendors back and also 14 new vendors! This market is as popular among the vendors as it is with the shoppers. And look for the latest in market chic and cuisine — soon to arrive will be the Goodness to Go food truck serving Betty Inestroza’s (of Betty’s Chips and Salsa fame) great cooking, much of it highlighting Doug Linton’s Angelic Beef. Doug designed and supervised the construction of the shiny, stainless-steel kitchen-on-wheels, and Betty has developed the recipes for both take-home and eat-on-site specialties. We may even get Doug in the kitchen! Doug and Betty will give us time to get settled into our new layout and to embrace our new vendors before arriving, but we will let you know when they plan to come for the first time.
Annie Sidley will be back with her amazing cooking demos with market fare, and of course we will also entertain you occasionally with music and maybe even dance.
I do hope to see you at the market, and please look for Diane Blust, our manager on site, for any assistance you need.
See you at the market!