Historic Manassas, Inc.

March 29, 2024

Historic Manassas Farmers Market Achieves Gold Level Certification from Virginia Farmers Market Association

The Historic Manassas Farmers Market is proud to announce that it has been awarded Gold Level certification by the Virginia Farmers Market Association (VAFMA). The Historic Manassas Farmers Market is 1 of only 4 markets that have this level of certification in the entire state of Virginia. This prestigious recognition, under the newly launched Virginia Certified Farmers Market Program, underscores the market's commitment to upholding the highest standards of excellence in serving its community.

The Virginia Certified Farmers Market Program, spearheaded by VAFMA, aims to highlight and celebrate farmers markets across the state that excel in transparent food sourcing and offer enriching experiences for both vendors and consumers. This initiative ensures shoppers can confidently support local agriculture while enjoying a safe and inclusive environment.

"Receiving Gold Level certification is a testament to our ongoing dedication to improvement and excellence," said Jheanel Butler, Events and Vendor Coordinator at Historic Manassas, Inc. and Farmers Market Manager. "We strive to deliver the highest standards of the market experience for our visitors, vendors, and city residents, and this recognition validates our efforts in this regard."

The certification levels—Bronze, Silver, and Gold—are determined by a comprehensive point system evaluating food safety, public safety, innovation, and the continuing education of the farmers market manager. The Historic Manassas Farmers Market solidified its reputation as a market of outstanding quality and standards by satisfying 29 out of 33 validation points, earning the Gold Level certification, the highest standard achievable.

An advisory committee of market managers, state agencies, and university staff developed the Virginia Certified Farmers Market Program standards.

“We are proud that the Farmers Market has been awarded a Gold certification, and that the VAFMA has recognized what we already knew: that our Market has been a star attraction in our City, growing every year in the number, diversity, and quality of vendors. We can’t wait for the 2024 season to start,” said the mayor of the city of Manassas, Michelle Davis-Younger, upon learning of the achievement.

The Historic Manassas Farmers Market's 2024 season is set to start on Thursday, April 11, at the Harris Pavilion (9201 Center St. Manassas, VA), and Saturday, April 13, at the Commuter Lot at 9204 Prince William St. Both markets will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am on Thursday and Saturday to mark the beginning of the season. The market will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The Historic Manassas Farmers Market, recognized as one of Northern Virginia's premier markets, has garnered numerous accolades, including awards for Best Farmers Market and Best Agritourism Attraction from publications such as Virginia Living and InsideNOVA. Historic Manassas, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has worked for over 30 years to revitalize, preserve, and enhance the economic base, ensuring the rich tradition, history, charm, and friendly ambiance of Historic Downtown Manassas. For more information about Historic Manassas, Inc., and details on upcoming communitywide events, please visit. Stay connected to the Historic Manassas Farmers Market on Facebook, Instagram, and via the newsletter.

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