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May 29, 2014

Bealeton farm market opening draws 1,000-plus

Photos/Cassandra Brown
Buckets of fresh asparagus.
Strawberries at their peak.
The kids really enjoy picking strawberries in the fields. I’m excited about the fresh vegetables.
— Jessica Bryant of Bealeton
Messick’s Farm Market
• Owners: Jimmy and Ronnie Messick

• Where: 6025 Catlett Road, Bealeton

• Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday

• Phone: 540-439-8900

• Website: http://www.messicksfarmmarket.com
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Staff Journalist
Almost three years in the making, the Messick’s Farm Market building opened to a huge crowd Saturday.

More than 1,000 patrons flooded the market, buying fresh fruit and vegetables — sweet corn, tomatoes, asparagus, potatoes, peppers, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, eggplant, squash, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and more — grown on 20 acres of the family’s adjacent property along Route 28.

“We are really excited,” said Jessica Bryant of Bealeton, who plans to visit the market weekly. “The kids really enjoy picking strawberries in the fields. I’m excited about the fresh vegetables.”

Representing an investment of more than $1 million, the market also offers meats, cheeses, baked goods, cereals and more.

Golden Rule Builders of Catlett served as general contractor for the 7,000-square-foot building, which resembles a barn, just northeast of Bealeton.

“This seems like the perfect location for the market,” Gainesville resident Jim Ryans said. “We are going to make this part of our weekly visit. The fresh strawberries look great. We like to support our local farmers.”

An Amish company from Lancaster, Pa., constructed the post-and-beam frame, finished with a metal roof, interior pine paneling and stone accents.

The market offers “everything you can grow in your garden at home” and more according to Ellen Messick, whose husband Jimmy owns the business with his brother Ronnie.

“We want this to be a healthy gathering place to pick up your fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lots of other local products — honey, meats, cheese and eggs,” Ellen Messick said.

Lorie Andes, owner of The Farmer’s Wife in Remington, will sell breads, pies, pastries, rolls and other goods at the market.

Most of products come from Fauquier County.

Meat comes from Ayrshire Farm near Upperville in Loudoun County and apples from Winchester.

“Our aim is to provide an outlet for local producers and a source for shoppers to find local products,” Mrs. Messick said.

During the ribbon cutting, county Supervisors Chester Stribling and Lee Sherbeyn talked about the importance of famer’s markets to the community.

A new market manager, Brian Seiwell, joins the staff of 20 part-time and full-time employees.
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jbryant · May 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm
this is a wonderful article. there is a picture posted above of myself and my daughters. one of my daughters is listed as a "friend" I just wanted to point out they are both indeed my lovely girls.
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