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Historic Downtown Manassas – Farmer’s Market
9201 Center Street, Manassas
The Manassas Farmer’s Market is my wife’s favorite so far. We only are able to compare it with the Fairfax Community Farmer’s Market and with Willowsford Farm Stand, but she says the prices here are the best she’s seen. I figured it might be since we were heading to Manassas, and staying away from the masses, where prices are affordable for all classes. Hey, that rhymes!
The market is open on Thursday and Saturday from 7:30am – 1pm. Parking was pretty full when we got there around 10am, but there were enough cars coming and going to find a spot fairly quickly. There were a large variety of vendors, but I like to highlight our experiences with a few of them:
The first thing my kids smelled was the Kettle corn that was strategically located at the entrance to the market. Before I could take my first photo, my kids were already drooling over the warm bags of fresh kettle corn. Chloe, my oldest daughter, had no problems paying for a $4 bag with her own money and I thought it was a good idea to keep their mouths busy while we explored. I knew, however, it wouldn’t be too long before the words, “I’m thirsty” came out of their mouths.
One of the unique vendors we visited was the Hummingbird Bakery. This bakery, owned by Sara Piddington, had a great set-up with lots of free samples of all the different types of bread she baked. She would give Baskin Robbins a run for their money with the variety that she had, and the samples were generously laid out in little containers in front of each type of bread. I liked the chocolate chip bread and my kid’s really liked the Blackberry and Raspberry bread. For just $1, you can get a slice of bread to munch on, or for $3.50 you can take half a loaf. You can even custom order from over a dozen bread flavors and add additions to your bread and have it ready to be picked up at the farmer’s market. Just call Sara at 240-210-1838 or email her at email@example.com.
After a few bread samples and half the kettle corn bag gone, sure enough I heard the words, “I’m thirsty.” I tried to hold my three thirsty monsters off with a bottle of water, but when they saw Queen Victoria’s Island Punch it was game over. We purchased a 20 oz pineapple, lemon, apple juice and it quenched our thirsts. It even came in a reusable plastic bottle which was nice.
On Thursdays, the Manassas farmer’s market is actually held at the outdoor pavilion adjacent to where we were. This pavilion is used for a variety of events, including an outdoor ice-skating rink in the winter! Today, it was being used to host a fundraising event for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). This is a great organization that helps children who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned. It looked like a nice dinner event, complete with entertainment and a silent auction where you could bid on anything from restaurant gift cards to a whole-house generator! If you’re interested in supporting this group or finding out more information, you can contact the board chairman, Josie Geiger, at 703-835-5922 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My wife spent about $35, but we came home with an entire box of tomatoes, some squash, asian pears, fresh eggs and a bunch of carrots. Afterwards, we strolled the charming historic city of Manassas. The great thing about this farmer’s market is the myriad of stores you can visit downtown. It’s a farmer’s market and daytrip all wrapped up in one visit! We went to The Opera House Gourmet and had fun trying free samples, putting on hats and just talking to the locals who worked there. Drop by this store on your next visit!
We’re definitely coming back to Manasss, as it reminded us a lot of our old hometown in Georgetown, Texas. The market is open from 7:30am – 1pm. Here are two events that are coming up next this month:
Sep 21, Saturday – Old Town Manassas Sidewalk Sale – Most Merchandise is 50% off! – 10am – 5pm
Sep 28, Saturday – Bands, Brews and Barbecue – Just like the name implies…you know I won’t miss a good bbq! – 12pm – 7pm; 9101 Prince William St
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- Address: 9201 Center Street
- City: Manassas
- Zip: 20110
- Country: United States