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Know your Grower: Miller Farms

To kick off the farmers market season, we’ll be profiling area growers large and small. If you’d like to be featured here, e-mail me at ebattle@freelancestar.com.

Miller Farms photos by Donna Hopkins

Farm: Miller Farms Market, interview with Ben Miller

Location: 12101 Orange Plank Rd,   Locust Grove, Va.  22508-3011

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Briefly describe what you grow: Pick your own strawberries, Pick your own blackberries, and Pick your own pumpkins.  We  grow: beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, lima beans, mesclun mix, onions, peppers, rhubarb, string beans, summer squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, and winter squash.

We also grow gladiolus, sunflowers, and zinnias as cut flowers.

We grow all of our vegetables and cut flowers here on our farm.

How long have you been in this business? We started as a dairy farm in 1946.  In December of 2003 we sold the dairy cows and started Miller Farms Market.  This is our 8th year.

What do you enjoy about doing this? We enjoy sharing the farmer’s perspective in a personal and positive way.  Interacting with our customers and helping them make a connection with the food they eat.

What is the hardest part about this business? The most challenging aspect of my job is to educate our customers on the value of supporting local agriculture, especially with regard to the health benefits of eating fresh, natural, seasonal produce.  We also make every effort to present factual information to our customers when controversial issues in agriculture arise.

Where can we find your products? We sell our products on-site here at our farm.  We also sell to a couple of restaurants:  Kybecca in downtown Fredericksburg, Robinsons Tavern in Locust Grove, and at Skyland Resort on the Skyline Drive.

What is one fact you wish more people knew about our local food economy or about agriculture in this area? If each household in the region spends $10 a week on local food, the regional economy gains $57million per year as quoted by the Fredericksburg Buy Fresh Buy Local organization.

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