Alden Carter's time at Grelen started when she was just two days old. Before it was Grelen, the land where the nursery and cafe is today, used to be a family dairy farm. She lived there until she was two, and then moved to a new property not too far away. Her family remained in contact with the Greggs, and they visited the nursery for berry picking and hikes and countless of other activities that Grelen offers. In 2013, when Grelen Market opened, she visited for lunch, ice cream, and concerts on Thursdays. In 2016, Alden decided it was time to get a job, and since she already knew so much about Grelen, she couldn't have picked better. She works part time as a waitress, as she has a busy schedule that includes running cross country and track year round for her high school, and schoolwork. She enjoys traveling, and has been to eight countries, mainly Spanish-Speaking. She plans to pursue a career that includes using her Spanish fluency as a foreign service officer. Her favorite thing about Grelen is the people and the beautiful Somerset views.
Farley Farrar was born and raised in Blackstone, Virginia. With a fine arts degree earned at VA Intermont College, Farley worked
as a potter at Middleton Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. She then returned to Virginia, where she married and raised 4 children.
A lifelong gardener, Farley resumed her work life at a nursery in Northern Virginia, eventually becoming the manager. She now happily
serves as Plant Manager for the Market at Grelen, where she oversees the greenhouse, classes and plant material and displays.