Fresh fruit and vegetable stands are popular attractions at the Dale City Farmer’s Market. (File photo)

An organization committed to providing producer-only farmers markets is expanding in the area.

Smart Markets of Northern Virginia will expand it’s Thursday afternoon market at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton from a season market to one open once per week, all year long.

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Smart Markets, Inc. presents the Workhouse Farmers Market, to be held every Thursday from 3-6 p.m., all year round on the Workhouse Quad! Smart Markets of Northern Virginia is the newest arrival to the farmers market scene in Northern Virginia, providing guaranteed producer-only markets for the region’s discerning shoppers.

Visit the Workhouse Farmers Market every Thursday for locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats and poultry, and local foods from breads and cheeses to salsa and sausage.

-Workhouse Arts Center statement

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Starting this spring, Smart Markets will also open a new farmer’s market in Manassas Park. The market will be held next to City Hall.

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We are actually moving our Centreville market lock, stock and tents to Manassas Park next year. We will be open every Friday beginning in May from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

We were invited by the mayor and convinced by [City Manager] Catherine Moretta that Manassas Park would welcome us with open arms and work with us in numerous ways to involve the community in our own educational and outreach activities.

We look forward to working with the new Community Center staff to incorporate the market into their ongoing efforts to promote healthy lifestyle choices among their population.

We are also going to work together to go after grant monies that will enable us to spread our wings into some of the underserved neighborhoods in Manassas Park with pop-up, corner markets offering only locally-grown fruits and veggies along with nutrition information and cooking instruction.

-Jean Janssen, Smart Markets

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