Timbercreek Market

Real Food Loyalty
Address: 722 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, VA  22903
Hours:

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Phone: (434) 202-8052
Website: timbercreekmarket.com
Rating: Best
Categories: Lunch, Dinner, Groceries, Butcher

FOODWAZE REVIEW

Quite a few regenerative farms these days are operating their own farm store, typically on a small scale right on their property. Timbercreek Farm has taken the concept to the next level, however, with this fantastic store in downtown Charlottesville, about seven miles from their farm in western Albemarle County.

The farm and the store are owned by husband-and-wife team Zach and Sara Miller. You can click on the Featured Farms tab to learn more about their farm, where they raise a variety of livestock using regenerative, pasture-based practices. 

Their all-around efforts earn this market a BEST rating. It’s just an awesome all-around experience, with several dimensions to it. Primarily it’s a showcase for their pasture-raised meats, with a full nose-to-tail butcher shop. They also sell a variety of other products from local producers, including produce, eggs, grains, honey, and bread.

Their cafe is open for lunch, and at night several days a week, they convert the store into a restaurant for dinner.

THE FOOD

Healthful Vibe: This is definitely a top choice in this city for health-minded consumers committed to or wanting to learn more about a regenetarian diet. Eating healthy meat is the foundation and Timbercreek delivers on a grand scale with flair and ambience that’s hard to beat.

Inventory/Menu: On the market side of things, the inventory is dominated by Timbercreek’s pasture-raised meats. As noted, they are also sell a variety of other local products from eco-minded producers. The menus for lunch and dinner are seasonal and restrained… exactly what you’d expect from people who are not only selling the food, but producing it. 

Produce: The produce section is fairly modest in size. What they do offer is grown organically at Timbercreek or at other partner farms in the area using ecologically practices. This is also the case for the greens and vegetables used on their menu.

Meat: Once again, meat is the main event in the market and on the menu. They do whole animal butchering and offer the following from their farm: 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured chicken and pork, as well as duck and rabbit. They do sell some grain finished beef from another regional farm so please be sure to ask. 

Eggs: True pastured eggs directly from their farm.

Fish: Not offered.

Grains: They sell milled local grains from Woodson’s Mill. You can read about them under the Featured Farms tab. Even though they are not a farm, they are helping local farms that are growing healthier grains. Bread used on their menu is baked local, mostly at Albemarle Baking Company, listed on Foodwaze in Charlottesville.

Dairy: They have a large cheese section mixing local, national, and international choices, including raw. They also sell some milk from regional farms using pastured practices. 

Dietary Info: This is a place that’s definitely more geared to people who are following a paleo or regenetarian diet. But they do also offer vegetarian options. Gluten-free options are also well-designated.

Other Health Factors: The business rates highly for these qualities:

- Soups made in-house with stock from their meat.

- Local organic kombucha. Coffee from a local roaster who we believe to be sourcing from ecological growers.

- A clean and vibrant atmosphere and no major ongoing issues in their health inspection.s

ADVOCACY

As you can read under the description of their farm, the Millers have been leaders in pasture-based regenerative agriculture in the Charlottesville area for several years now. Their products are typcially free of herbicides, pesticides, biosolids, hormones, and antibiotics. Their farm store is a huge endeavor and hopefully a model for the future of our food system.

In addition to their own store, Timbercreek works with many restaurants around the region. So be sure to click on their Farm listing and check out which places we list on Foodwaze.

LAY OF THE LAND

Timbercreek Market, which opened in Summer 2015, is located in a historic building that most locals know as a former Coca-Cola bottling facility. The complex is a healthy haven, with a bike store adjacent, and The Juice Laundry, also listed on Foodwaze, tucked in the corner. There’s a parking lot with a decent number of spaces but it gets pretty busy. They do have a Level 2 electric car charging station.

The cafe is seamlessly integrated into the market. There is a fair amount on indoor seating. But on a nice day, outdoors is the place to be. It is plentiful and pleasant.

Dinner is three nights a week, Thursday to Saturday and reservations are accepted.

OUR RESEARCH

This listing was compiled using the following processes:

• Many visits to the market and discussions with staff and management. Foodwaze has spent a lot of time at Timbercreek Market since it opened.

• Several visits to Timbercreek Farm, verifying its practices.

• Visiting and verifying the practices at several of the other producers they source from.

• Conducting other research about the business and farm to verify its practices.

Farm Supplies
Schuyler Greens Fruits, Vegetables or Herbs
Timbercreek Farm Rabbit, Lamb, Duck, Pork, Sausage, Fruits, Vegetables or Herbs, Eggs, Chicken, Beef, Bacon
Woodson's Mill Grains
Timbercreek Market specializes in preparing food for the following dietary needs:
  • Paleo
Other information about Timbercreek Market:
  • Mid-cost meal: $11-$25
  • Outdoor Seating
  • On-site parking
  • Accepts Reservations
  • Take-Out
  • Catering
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Free WiFi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Family Friendly
  • Business Meeting Friendly