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Smart Market Opens Today at Reston Station

by Karen Goff — May 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm 1,482 16 Comments

new plazaSmart Markets Reston market opens today in its new location at Reston Station.

The farmers market was formerly held in the office complex parking lot at Sunrise Valley and Reston Parkway (and prior to that, across Reston Parkway in another office park).

The market, which is open 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, hopes to serve both Metro commuters and shoppers arriving by car (or bike or foot) at the plaza adjacent to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro.

Here is what you need to know if you go:

If you park in the ParkX garage at Reston Station Boulevard and Wiehle Avenue, parking will be $1 (and not $4.85 like it is for daily commuters).

If you park in ParkX, take the elevator or escalator up to the plaza. If walking, you can access the plaza via the stair on Reston Station Blvd.

Smart Markets founder Jean Janssen says the market is working on getting free parking.

Maggie Parker, spokeswoman for plaza owner Comstock, says Comstock is looking for collapsible carts that shoppers can take to their cars. Stay tuned for that upcoming addition.

New vendors include:

Holly Brook Farm (meat; Trickling Springs Dairy; non-GMO chicken and duck eggs).

Fossil Rock (stock, soups, Liz Soaps recipes, honey from Virginia, flours and grains from Wade’s Mill; and Pennsylvania Dutch jams and jellies, traditional and creative varieties).

Casero Creations (baked goods, including gluten and sugar-free)

Candy Drawer Confectionary (candy and baked goods)

Phil’s Dills (pickles)

Fresh Foodie (prepared foods such as salads, smoothies and snacks)

Other favorites returning include Lobster Man-ia; Honey Brook Farm (meat, produce, baked goods);  Tyson Farms (produce); Shenandoah Seasonal (produce); Fabbioli wines (every other week); and Uncle Fred’s BBQ truck.

Reston Station Plaza/file photo

  • WhoIsJohnGalt

    Bad location + the requirement to pay to park. Pass

    • Ricky Spanish

      Maybe you should ride your stolen elementary school bike

    • RestonResident

      Good. Don’t come.

      • PotatoSalad

        That’s not the best way to encourage new customers

    • Barbara Goddard

      It’s a whole dollar!!!

  • Rena Corey

    There might also be open spots in the free lot on Sunset Hills by that hour!

  • Ricky Spanish

    That Phil makes some good Pickles… #ThingsThatMakeYouGoMmmmm

  • east297

    Whats a dollar for parking when you are willing to pay for overpriced veggies?

    • Shenandoah Seasonal

      As a farmer selling organically grown produce I would argue my produce is comparable- consider a 1/2 pound bag of spring salad or spinach for $5….plus I harvest the day before market at a small farm 35 miles away. I encourage you to visit my stand, Shenandoah Seasonal. Taste the difference and have a conversation with the person who grew your food and the hard work, dedication and love that was put into growing it. See you at the market! Ali Haney

  • Vina Hutchinson

    Really felt sorry for the Bacon & Ed’s guy who has been there all along. One of the vendors had parked their truck right in front of his concession trailer, so that there was no access to it at all for customers. Quite frankly, I’m not sure that the Bacon & Ed’s people could even access it. Wonder how much business B&E’s going to lose tonight? … Commuters should be aware these people are pitching their booths right in the pathway to the escalators/elevators.

  • Vina Hutchinson

    So if I shop at the market, can I get my $4.85 parking fee waived? 😉

  • Alex

    Just not a big fan of this concept. I’m a daily commuter, and I really don’t like walking through an open market on my way to work in the morning. I guess it’s charming on some level, but on another, GET OUT OF MY WAY I’M TRYING TO CATCH A TRAIN.

    • Suellen Stover

      It is there from 3-7 — not on your way to work!

  • Lia McChesney

    I am thrilled that this farmers market will be at wiehle Reston every weds! This saves me some weekend time at farmers markets, takes just a few more minutes on my daily WA commute, costs me not a dime more than the exorbitant parking fee I already pay daily ( I’m already there, folks), and makes my urban commute feel just a bit more suburban. I would never go to the WA farmers market near my office and have to slog the produce home through the crowded trains, but I will happily buy it on my way to my car at the end of my train ride. 🙂

    • Suellen Stover

      I’m right there with you. I’m just blocks from the DC market, but schlepping it home is not an option. This is perfect, and I’m so excited about coming home and being able to pick up some nice items without making an extra stop at the grocery store. Plus, everything is fresh and delicious, and we are supporting local farmers.

  • Karen Alyssa

    I was hoping it would be in the Reston Town Center.

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