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New Owners Have High Hopes for Reston Farm Market, Which Opens Next Week

by Dave Emke September 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm 13 Comments

Bonita Weinstein and her husband, Lowell, took over ownership of the Reston Farm Market (10800 Baron Cameron Ave.) on Aug. 1 and immediately realized they had a lot of work to do.

“When we took on this project, I just thought ‘Yeah, we’ll get in there and we can do it quickly,'” Weinstein said. “We’ve been working on this place for a month now.”

The full renovation project at the business near Leesburg Pike is still in progress, as crews could be seen on the site Thursday morning working to set the new patio and continuing to revamp the barn’s interior. Bonita said they are getting ready for a “soft opening” Tuesday, with a grand-opening celebration scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23.

A website that celebrates the “original” Reston Farm Market gives some information about its history. It opened in 1976 and was under the guidance of its founder, Hall Kern, through 1997. It has been owned by several different people since, Weinstein said, and she and her husband are hopeful they will usher in its return to prominence.

“In recent years, the reviews weren’t so great,” she said. “It was run down, but my husband said, ‘We can make it nice [again].'”

The Weinsteins are owners of Seasonal Celebrations garden centers. They have nine locations in the region, including in the Fox Mill and Sugarland Crossing shopping plazas. Bonita said they have high hopes of bringing the success they’ve had with those stores to the Farm Market.

“When people come here, they’re going to be shocked that it’s totally different,” Weinstein said. “We’ve put a lot of money into revamping this place.”

The renovated market will sell fresh produce from local farmers, pies, dairy products, garden supplies and more. Fall decorating supplies including pumpkins and gourds will be available, as will mums and firewood. Christmas trees will be sold when the season arrives.

Kids’ favorites including train rides, moon bounces and an expanded petting zoo will also be on the premises. Parking for the property has been expanded, Weinstein said, and Hoggmeister BBQ will provide a food truck on the weekends.

“This place is going to be totally different from what it has ever been,” she said. “I think this place is going to be extraordinary, I really do.”

The grand-opening event Sept. 23 will include a DJ, face painting and more. Food trucks will provide items for purchase, including ice cream, Weinstein said.

The Reston Farm Market is scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day beginning Tuesday. Weinstein said it will be open through December, and will reopen in March for the spring season.

For more information, call 703-759-0000.

  • Greg

    Best of luck!

  • Why do you bother?

    What a great thing to look forward to!

  • 40yearsinreston

    The Farm market has gone downhill since direct entrance from Baron Cameron has been blocked
    The only way in is through the subdivision and around the back of the property which is difficult to find since it is not sign posted. Vehicles heading westbound on Baron Cameron after turning from Route 7 have to be determined to make the turn

  • TheKingJAK

    I used to love the Pumpkin Patch!

  • Kristen

    Wishing you much success and look forward to a market I’ll want to visit more than a couple times per year!

  • Reston needs more of this. Wishing you tremendous success. Would be a great spot for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) if you already don’t have that underway.

  • I’m so glad to see this happening. I remember the farmers market back in the 90s being a fun place to go, but it sort of became lackluster after. Looking forward to the revamp and going again!

    • Mike M

      What is it with chicks and vegetable shopping? An innate gathering instinct? Or am I missing something?

      • Thomas Day

        What is it with your need to comment on every single post? Did someone once lead you to believe we care what you might think about …everything? Or am I missing something?

        • Mike M

          Take a closer look, Tom. I don’t comment on every post. I don’t even comment every day. But I am glad I am larger in your mind than in reality. And I don’t care if people care about what I post or not. But many do. Many feel compelled to comment even if nastily. Like you. So, there is that, Tom.

          • Thomas Day

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          • Mike M

            Or I simply have more to say than you ever imagined, and on more fora than this one over many years. Anyone who actually knows me would update your perceptions of insecurity. Using your real name here is just plain stupid.

  • Randall Carter

    Problem is the location stinks. It’s barely in Reston, and that area near Rt 7 is sometimes a hassle. The feel of that little corner just seems to hustle-bustle to feel like a casual farmers market. The atmosphere at a shopping center is usually better (like Lake Anne), but maybe it will work this time.

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