Sunday, October 23, 2011

4MRMarket Report: "Come Enjoy the Weather" Edition

Help 4MR Park realize its revitalization!
This Sunday's 4MRMarket (from 8am to 1pm) should be a sunny, perfect early fall day, ranging from the low 60s to the mid-70s. What better way to spend a day like that than to get out. Come enjoy fresh produce, coffee and tea, baked goods, and great artisan crafts. There are only 4 markets left including tomorrow, so get your fresh food fix for the fall!

Just like every week, you can enjoy a tasty pastry in the 4MRMarket Lounge, and once again, Travis is cooking up a surprise for lucky market goers to sample!

See the "DONATE" note, below about helping get 4MR Park renovations even further along!  This fall, the City will start converting the vacant lots into a beautiful park plaza.  There are limited funds to do this project, so donations would be very helpful!

Here are other ways to help keep this community enterprise alive:

The supercool 4MRMarket t-shirt
BUY. Proceeds of our 4MRMarket T-shirts go to support the expansion and revitalization of 4MR Park. They cost $12 and come in 4 colors. See us model a few at next week's market or pre-pay online via Pay-Pal (send money to

DONATE. Help 4MRMarket help 4MR Park. Tax-deductible donations can be made to support us in our efforts to revitalize Four Mile Run Park. Donate to the City's Living Landscape Fund. More information here.

HELP. If you'd like to volunteer with the 4MRMarket, go to: to sign up or look for the "volunteer" tab on our website. You'll be able to volunteer to help process SNAP/EBT sales, help us keep our books, help set up or tear down for the market, or help us find musicians to play the market. You can also find a Market Manager to ask to help, or email us at for more info.

READ. Keep up to date on all the goings on by following 4MRMarket on Facebook or Twitter or via our website  and blog.

SPREAD THE WORD.  Please tell folks about us. And tell folks about some of the great things we're doing. For instance, all SNAP/EBT participants can take advantage of the Inova-sponsored "Double Dollar" program that doubles the first $10 SNAP participants spend at the market. 4MRMarket is the first farmers’ market in Northern Virginia (and still the only) to accept SNAP. 

Here is who you'll find at 4MRMarket this week:
  • Pleitez Produce (Northern Neck) - A full range of locally grown produce, herbs, and more. 
  • Bread and Chocolate (Arlandria) - A range of baked goods.
  • C and T Produce (White Oak, VA) - A huge selection of locally grown produce. 
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - Brewed coffee, tea, and a few extra goodies. 
  • Simply Healthy Water (Vienna, VA) - Try Dennis and Eileen's homeostatic filtered water and see if it's something you want to be able to enjoy every day.
  • Indigo's Friends - Come see Imani Russel's upcycled line of clothing and jewelry.  Reduce, Reuse, and Upcycle, indeed!
  • Mujeres Artesanas de Alexandria (MAdA) - Hand-made crafts.
  • Uncommon Knits (WV) - Handwoven linens made with 100% cotton and hand-stitched hems for your kitchen, dining room and bath.
  • The Stifler Farm (What's For Dinner Now) (Shenandoah) are back from vacation selling grass-fed beef and pasture raised pork. And sausages!
Crafts available on a rotating basis.

Plan ahead and contact any of these great folks online if you'd like to shop virtually during the week.

VeloCity bike co-op should be on-site doing teaching bike maintenance and repair, depending on volunteer availability today.

VeloCitizen Kris bringing the mobile
bike repair shop to 4MRMarket

The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market (Alexandria, Virginia 22305) brings fresh, nutritious food to people of all income levels, provide an opportunity for local artisans and producers of goods to bring their wares to market, strive to reflect the diversity of the community, and improve the quality of life for Arlandria residents and visitors. It is part of an overall vision to expand and improve Four Mile Run park and the surrounding neighborhood.

4MRMarket is open every Sunday from 8am until 1pm from May through October in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. 
Buy Fresh Buy Local 4MRMarket products.

For more info see:
On Facebook:
Contact us at:
Or call the 4MRMarket hotline: (804) 4mi-Run1

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