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Monday, April 14, 2008

Come for the macrobiotic, grass-fed corn, stay for the Macaroni Grill (tm!)

A farmer's market is coming to Reston's fake downtown, fulfilling the longstanding dream of mixing generic, high-end retail with... smelly corn.

Reston Town Square — the park in Reston Town Center nestled between Midtown Towers, the building hosting Greater Reston Arts Center gallery and the new block of commercial buildings at South Market, which hosts Rolls Royce headquarters among other tenants scheduled to start moving in before summer — is the site for the Reston Town Center market.

No starting date has been set for the market, but Barbara Rovin, the Reston Town Center Association executive director, said she hopes the market would open no later than May 1.
Yay! So will this bring on the long awaited battle royale between RTC and Reston's original downtown, the comical-sculpture-festooned Lake Anne Plaza?
She said she does not think the Reston Town Square market would compete with other farmers markets, including the Lake Anne market held on Saturday mornings. "There is no reason why we can’t complement each other," said Rovin.
That's great! But with gas prices what they are, where will we drive the Escalade to pick up our locally grown, carbon-neutral rutabegas?
Bringing in wine vendors to the market is also under discussion.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

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