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Messick’s Farm Market in Bealeton slated for Saturday grand opening

Monday, May. 19 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Photo from Messicks Farm Market Facebook page
The grand opening of Messick’s Farm Market will be held on Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 6025 Catlett Road in Bealeton.

The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association, the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. Activities include hayrides, balloon art, door prizes throughout the day and tours of the Amish-style post and beam facility.

Pick-your-own or fresh pre-picked strawberries will be available for purchase along with fresh asparagus, several types of lettuce, onions, spinach and herbs. Local suppliers of cheese, honey, pork and beef, eggs, milk, soap and crafts will be on hand to provide samples and answer questions.

“We are thrilled to bring locally grown, freshly picked fruit and vegetables to Fauquier and the surrounding counties,” said Jimmy Messick, a fourth generation Midland farmer. “We are excited about the community joining us in celebrating our grand opening.”

Jimmy and Ronnie Messick broke ground last year on the 7,000 square-foot farm market putting in more than $150,000 of personal investment.

Jimmy hopes to employ up to 20 people at full capacity.

The market was supposed to open last year. Jimmy said the biggest reason for the delay was bureaucracy, both with the county and the state in getting the business approved.

Their biggest expenses were with site-plan development and engineering costs, he said.

The idea for the farm market came to the Messicks because they wanted to change how they were doing business due to the decline of the dairy market in the last decade, and the need to reach a younger crowd.

The Bealeton produce store will serve as a platform for any farmer in the Chesapeake Bay watershed who wants to sell products directly to consumers, according to the Messicks.

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