After building a successful family farm supplying sustainably produced local meat and produce to Charlottesville area restaurants and customers for five years, Timbercreek Farm took the plunge in 2015 and opened Timbercreek Market on Preston Avenue. The shop includes a full butcher counter with Timbercreek’s popular pasture-raised meats, full-service cheese and seafood counters, a selection of chef-prepared sides, a rotating menu of lunchtime sandwiches, dinner by reservation Thursday through Saturday, plus wines and local beer—everything you need to cook for two or twenty. The enthusiasm that Sara and Zach Miller have as farmers has immediately translated into the success of their retail endeavor.
“Timbercreek Market has been way busier than we ever hoped,” says Sara. “We projected the café to really take the lead, but the butcher counter has done almost triple of what we expected,” she says, adding that the café, which offers brunch and lunch along with take-home entrées, also has exceeded expectations. “The community’s support has been overwhelming,” she says. “We are still getting comments like, ‘Finally, Charlottesville has what we have always needed!’ Which just makes me grin from ear to ear.”
The butcher counter owes its success to customers such as Simon Davidson, the voice behind The Charlottesville 29, a blog that curates the best eateries in Charlottesville. “I can always count on Simon to be brutally honest with constructive feedback,” Sara says. “Simon frequents the market often and most of the time, he has one or two of his kids with him, whom I adore.”
“Simon is truly passionate about food, and he shares that love with his kids, which has always been part of my vision for Timbercreek Market,” she says.