Saturday, June 29, 2013

4MRMarket Report: "Load up for Independence Day" Edition

Get ready for the 4th at 
4MRMarket! (Image: wikipedia.org)



Happy almost Independence Day!  This Sunday's 4MRMarket is just 4 days before the 4th of July and all those cookouts and parties you have planned. Make sure to load up on pasture-raised beef and local pork from Stifler Farms and lots of great sweet corn and other grillable veggie goodies from C&T Produce. Top off burgers like a true gourmand with a perfectly crafted cheese of your choice from Tom's Amish Cheeses!

The key ingredients you need for a great, sustainably sourced 4th of July are right in your back yard at this Sunday's 4MRMarket! Some come on down.

On top of the Sunday goodies, you can bop along or feel a bit souldful with local crooner Frenchie LeBlanc on the 4MRMarket Stage!  From about 10-noon, Frenchie will grace our stage for the second time this season with his Swing’n Blues, Rockabilly, HonkyTonk, and Old School Rock n’ Roll mix of music for all ages. Perhaps you caught Frenchy's performance in early May when he livened up the stage with some great tunes. Come back for the encore!

Groove to Frenchi LeBlanc on the
4MRMarket Stage from 10-noon
Please see the 4MRMarket FaceBook event page for more information about the show!

The Buy Fresh, Buy Local and Win campaign continues this weekend at 4MRMarket!! Remember to bring your “Farm. Fresh. Pledge.” punch card if you already have one. Or, if you didn't get started yet, just ask for one at 4MRMarket and earn one punch for each $10 you spend on Virginia Grown products.

Collect all 14 punches for a chance to win a Virginia Grown® / Virginia’s Finest® gift basket valued at $250. (See the official rules for more details).

You can fill up your bags with a great selection of produce, meat, cheese, teas, health and beauty products, and more.

Here is what's at 4MRMarket this week:
  • C &T Produce (White Oak, VA) - A huge selection of locally grown produce from a locally, family-run farm in Stafford, Virginia.
  • The Stifler Farm aka "What's For Dinner Now" - Farm-raised Black Angus beef, humanely raised on lush pasture fields of the Shenandoah Valley, naturally farmed pork...and now... Uncle Frank's Grilling Sauce!!
  • Tom's Amish Cheese Store (Lancaster, PA) - Artisan Cheese and yogurt, farm-fresh eggs, and Pennsylvania honey.
  • Fluffed Up Desserts - (Alexandria) - Gourmet Marshmallow treats and macarons.  Also enjoy a breakfast s'more at this weekend's market.
  • Whole Health Medical (Alexandria) -  Organic teas and body scrubs from one of the largest Message and Acupuncture Therapy businesses in Northern Virginia (approved by the Alexandria Health Department).
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - Brewed coffee, tea, and always a few extra goodies!
  • Charlette Marie Beauty (Centreville, VA) - A naturally effective, eco-friendly, line of handmade bath and body skin care goodies. Her products are made with bio-dynamic, natural botanical active ingredients.

Crafts available on a rotating basis.

See below all the ways to help and participate in the market!

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 the market.  You can pre-pay online via Pay-Pal (send money to 4MRM@arlandria.org).

DONATE. Help 4MRMarket help 4MRPark. 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 to fund tree and other amenities at 4MRExpand More information here.

HELP. If you'd like to volunteer with the 4MRMarket, go to: volunteer.4MRMarket.org 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 4MRMarket@arlandria.org 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 again this year 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. And C&T Produce now accepts SFMNP vouchers!
__________________________________


Buy Fresh Buy Local 4MRMarket products.
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 April 14th until November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. 

For more info see: http://www.4mrmarket.org/
On Twitter: @4MRMarket
Contact us at: 4MRMarket@arlandria.org
Or call the 4MRMarket hotline: (804) 4mi-Run1

Friday, June 28, 2013

Help Inform Revised 4MR Park Plan

Community members have until the end of June to provide input to inform the revised draft of the Four Mile Run Park being prepared over the Summer for consideration by City Council in the Fall. 

The first draft of the long range plan for Four Mile Run Park was released for public review and feedback in May. 

Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities began a multi-year process last year to develop a Citywide Large Park Improvement Plan, the goal of which was to review the existing conditions and future needs for Alexandria’s large, city-owned, multi-use parks. Along with Four Mile Run Park, the other parks studied include: Simpson Stadium ParkChinquapin ParkHenlsey ParkHolmes Run Park, and Ben Brenman/Boothe Parks (click on each to go straight to the draft plans).

Four Mile Run Park Draft Improvement Plan



The full Four Mile Run Park Draft Plan, based the user needs identified during the process is available online, here.

Public input was solicited at a park workshop on the plan inMay at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center.

Here's a summary of what the Parks department heard from the park users (click here to see a full Summary of Community Feedback on Four Mile Run Park):

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Ranking of 4MR Park Priorities
Athletics
  • Develop better pick-up game areas
  • Install covered dugouts and fix the backstops
  • Renovate the courts
  • Re-orient field #3 for better shade and enhance seating area
  • Install netting along Frank Mann field
  • Improve parking for athletic fields 

Natural Resources
  • Preserve and enhance the Park’s natural areas, including the wetlands
  • Remove invasive species
  • Plant trees along the alleyways 

Access
  • Improve the connections between the trail, pathways and Park uses
  • Build a bridge over the channel to connect areas of the Park near Cora Kelly
  • Re-pave the asphalt trail through the Park and connect it to Cora Kelly Recreation Center and School 

Athletics
  • Develop better pick-up game areas
  • Install covered dugouts and fix the backstops
  • Renovate the courts
  • Re-orient field #3 for better shade and enhance seating area
  • Install netting along Frank Mann field
  • Improve parking for athletic fields 

Design and Fixtures 
  • Increase Park security through CPTED
  • Cluster activities at entrances
  • Formalize the overlook at the entrance to the wetlands
  • Install area for fitness equipment behind Cora Kelly Recreation Center
  • Add more park furniture
  • Remove unfenced dog area and provide a fenced dog area
  • Install a community garden
  • Install mile markers
  • Locate the playground in a more visible location
  • Provide natural play spaces such as boulders and climbing features 

4MR Park Existing Conditions

Through the Citywide Large Park Improvement Plan, RPCA intends to determine budgeting priorities and recommendations for both short and long term incremental improvements, ensuring the Parks serve Alexandria’s needs now and into the future. Please contact Dana.Wedeles@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5491 with questions or concerns. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

4MRMarket Report: "The Music is Live!" Edition

 
Load up on veggies this weekend!
Photo by Catherine Kane of Arlandria
Plants may or may not grow better with music, but you can be sure that your veggies will taste even fresher and more delicious when you buy them while listening to some!

4MRMarket is the only farmers market in town where you have a stage filled with local talent week in and week out. We send our thanks to birthday boy Bill Rogers of St. Elmo's and the Birchmere who books all of our musical acts! (If you know Bill, be sure to wish him a happy birthday this week!)

This Sunday you can find a duo of talented musicians on the 4MRMarket Stage in an all in-the-family act known as Bro-Bro. As their name implies, Bro-Bro is a collaboration of brothers who love music and performing. They enjoy all kinds of music and provide an acoustical set perfectly suited for a variety of visitors in an outdoor venue such as the 4MRMarket. They enjoy connecting with audiences of all ages and are particularly gratified when inspiring others who may wish to take up an instrument or sing!

Bro-Bro will be brightening up the
4MRMarket Stage from 10-noon
Bro-Bro will take the stage from about 10 to noon, as has become the norm with our nearly weekly musical acts.

Please the 4MRMarket FaceBook event page for more information about the show!

The Buy Fresh, Buy Local and Win campaign continues this weekend at 4MRMarket!! Remember to bring your “Farm. Fresh. Pledge.” punch card if you already have one. Or, if you didn't get started yet, just ask for one at 4MRMarket and earn one punch for each $10 you spend on Virginia Grown products.

Collect all 14 punches for a chance to win a Virginia Grown® / Virginia’s Finest® gift basket valued at $250. (See the official rules for more details).

You can fill up your bags with a great selection of produce, meat, cheese, teas, health and beauty products, and more.

Here is what's at 4MRMarket this week:
  • C &T Produce (White Oak, VA) - A huge selection of locally grown produce from a locally, family-run farm in Stafford, Virginia.
  • The Stifler Farm aka "What's For Dinner Now" - Farm-raised Black Angus beef, humanely raised on lush pasture fields of the Shenandoah Valley, naturally farmed pork...and now... Uncle Frank's Grilling Sauce!!
  • Tom's Amish Cheese Store (Lancaster, PA) - Artisan Cheese and yogurt, farm-fresh eggs, and Pennsylvania honey.
  • Fluffed Up Desserts - (Alexandria) - Gourmet Marshmallow treats and macarons.  Also enjoy a breakfast s'more at this weekend's market.
  • Whole Health Medical (Alexandria) -  Organic teas and body scrubs from one of the largest Message and Acupuncture Therapy businesses in Northern Virginia (approved by the Alexandria Health Department).
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - Brewed coffee, tea, and always a few extra goodies!
Here is our list of craft and beauty product vendors for this Sunday!
  • Old Town Suds - (Alexandria) This maker of eco-friendly soaps, cleaning supplies, bath bombs, and more! Old Town Suds started because Steffanie was allergic to most commercial soaps on the market; then she became really sick and wondered if her health was being made worse by everyday chemicals. Their decadent soaps & nose-pleasing cleaning products are tough on dirt but easy on humans, pets, and the Earth. Look for Port City Beer soap & Legend (Richmond, VA) Beer soap plus the Cup of Joe soap that looks like a latte!
  • Charlette Marie Beauty (Centreville, VA) - A naturally effective, eco-friendly, line of handmade bath and body skin care goodies. Her products are made with bio-dynamic, natural botanical active ingredients.

Crafts available on a rotating basis.

See below all the ways to help and participate in the market!

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 the market.  You can pre-pay online via Pay-Pal (send money to 4MRM@arlandria.org).

DONATE. Help 4MRMarket help 4MRPark. 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 to fund tree and other amenities at 4MRExpand More information here.

HELP. If you'd like to volunteer with the 4MRMarket, go to: volunteer.4MRMarket.org 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 4MRMarket@arlandria.org 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 again this year 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. And C&T Produce now accepts SFMNP vouchers!
__________________________________
 

Buy Fresh Buy Local 4MRMarket products.
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 April 14th until November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. 

For more info see: http://www.4mrmarket.org/
On Facebook: facebook.com/4MRMarket
On Twitter: @4MRMarket
Contact us at: 4MRMarket@arlandria.org
Or call the 4MRMarket hotline: (804) 4mi-Run1

Po Siam Closing. New Restaurant Coming.

A change of ownership application has been filed with the City of Alexandria for a new restaurant at 3807 Mount Vernon Avenue. Po Siam Thai Restaurant will close at the end of June.

Long-time Arlandria stalwart Po Siam has been sold, but current restaurant owner "Mr. Nicky" (Nirum Vongpukkeaw) will retain ownership of the building that he first acquired in 1995.

The new yet-unnamed restaurant will be operated by Sheela Perera already a fixture on the Avenue. Sheela and her husband Stanley run the Subway franchise nearby.

The Pereras anticipate no physical changes to the restaurant at 3807 other than a new name and menu, but we've heard that the cuisine will no longer be Thai.

Nicky and the Peraras are both active in the recently formed Arlandria-Chirilagua Business Association (see picture below).

We're sad to see Po Siam go. We have fond memories of many meals there and Nicky has always been a good friend, and we wish him well. He's worked hard and deserves a break. And this news is bittersweet as we're more than a little excited to see what the future has in store for the Pereras' new venture.

ACBA members: from left to right:
Albert Sacks (Atlas Insurance Agency), Nirum Vongpukkeaw (Po-Siam Thai Restaurant),
Juan Nelson Zavaleta (Sea Tax Services), Sharon Eddy (State Farm Insurance Agency),
Beariz Ríos (Beatriz International Hair Salon & Beauty Academy)
and Stanley Perera (Subway).
Make sure to stop by and see Po Siam off. This is your last chance at some very fine Thai food (really the best we've ever had). Check out their menu the 4 star review here on Yelp.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bus Shelter Vandalized for the....um, we've lost count

This month's vandalism.
It's become an all-to-familiar story: yet another another recently repaired bus shelter window found vandalized by morning commuters. It happened it May, was fixed and is now broken again.

In a recent memo to City Council, poor design of Alexandria's new standard bus shelters has been faulted in the repeated vandalism of the first of the stops introduced as part of multi-year effort. But some residents have been asking why the vandalism keeps happening. And it's not the only neighborhood bus shelter that has suffered damage.

Yesterday, for the 5th or 6th time (frankly, we've lost count), since it was installed last year, vandals destroyed three of the glass panels that encompass the back of the new bus shelter on Mt Vernon Avenue at West Reed Avenue. The Arlandrian has documented (and reported to authorities) as this damage was repeatedly visited upon the bus stop. The prior incident, however, had thankfully resulted in the arrest of the individual (or indviduals).

Cracked bus shelter panel...last month

This bus shelter was the first of new style of bus stop to be rolled out throughout Alexandria as part of an ambitious project over the next few year. The City had recently installed four new bus shelters as part of Alexandria’s Transportation & Environmental Services Department’s bus shelter replacement project. New bus shelters were installed at Mt Vernon Ave and Reed Ave, Duke Street at West Taylor Run Parkway, 301 N Beauregard Street, and 301 N Ripley Street.  While not all features were installed at this new stop, the new bus shelter designs feature following amenities including a modern design, ADA accessibility, bench seating with backrest, ability to display real time transit information on LED screens, solar or electric illumination and the ability to display bus maps and way-finding information.

But even as the community awaits these new bus shelters with (hopefully) vandal-proof design, another nearby bus shelter has been taken out of action for a different reason. The Del Ray Patch reported back in April on a car crash that completely destroyed the bus shelter on the other side of the street: the bus shelter for the northbound bus at West Glebe Road and Mt Vernon Avenue (Jeep Accelerates, Destroys Bus Shelter). That heavily utilized stop has been without its shelter for the last two months following that incident.

Photo of April bus shelter crash
from the Patch (credit: Drew Hansen)



Over the next three years, the City plans to relace over 40 Metrobus shelters and bus shelter concrete pads which were installed in the 1970s through grants provided by the Federal Highway Administration. Click here to view the City’s new bus shelter design and here for a map of a Metrobus shelter replacement location map.


In a memo to Alexandria City Council Plan director last month, Farrol Hamer described how the repeated vandalism has resulted in the a redesign of the shelters and a delay in replacement plan:


The City standard shelter is currently in the process of being redesigned after various issues with vandalism at the four initial locations. Studio 39 is the design consultant who is working on completing the redesign. Studio 39 has provided 90% drawings to City staff and will provide 95% drawings to City staff in the coming weeks. Studio 39 hopes to complete the redesign project by the middle to end of April 2013. This has delayed the Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the bus shelter installs City wide.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will need to approve the ITB before the City issues it (VDOT has a 90 day review process).The shelters at Mt. Vernon Avenue /Executive Avenue will be one of the first three locations which will be replaced once a vendor is selected through the ITB. If Studio 39 can provide the City with the 100% final design by the end of April 2013 and if the City can send the ITB to VDOT in May 2013, the ITB could be out for bid in September 2013. 

Previous related stories from The Arlandrian:

Cora Kelly's Playground Dream Realized

The long-awaited community-funded Cora Kelly playground finally makes its official debut today just as the final day of school approaches tomorrow.

At 1:30pm today, ACPS officials and Cora Kelly PTA members will inaugurate the new Cora Kelly Elementary School Playground at 3600 Commonwealth Avenue with an official ribbon cutting. Tucked behind the Cora Kelly Rec Center, the general public can access the playground from West Reed Avenue.

Following the Del Ray Patch (Cora Kelly Playground Nears Completion) story a few weeks ago that the new playground wouldn't be available until late June, school officials allowed a "soft-opening" of the playground as final touches were installed. The Arlandrian reported in mid-May about the final phases of construction of the community-led effort to create a new place space at Cora Kelly Elementary and Four Mile Run Park. What was still a construction site last month, soon became a play space just awaiting swings and landscaping.

Work is underway at the long awaited new playground.
It's been several years in the making, filled with delays and disappointments, but today the students and neighbors of Cora Kelly Elementary School will be able to finally officially use that playground that they've only been able to look at through construction fences for over a year.

In a letter to Mike Peter, treasurer of the Hume Springs Citizens Association, Jack Browand, of Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities says the playground at was expected to be finished and ready by the end of May.

The Del Ray Patch gave us the hopeful story of the planned park back in September of 2010 ("Cora Kelly Working for a New Playground"):

The playground at Cora Kelly Elementary School is in need of a major facelift, and the school's PTA is on a mission to provide a playground the school's students deserve. But in order to achieve its goal, the organization is asking for support from the community.
According to Ashley Chappell, treasurer of the Cora Kelly PTA and project director, the current playground is at least 15 years old and was originally designed by a physical education teacher to facilitate drills, not play. 
The metal monkey bars and slides stand in stark contrast to the equipment at most playgrounds around the area—colorful apparatuses that promote fun and discovery and challenge children to push themselves to achieve.

According to the Patch, "the last straw came when the city recently discovered a West Nile Virus-carrying mosquito nearby, making it apparent the playground's drainage issues pose a health threat to the students."

With a goal of $115,000 for its playground project, the Cora Kelly PTA began fund-raising campaign to build a new and better playground.

It received a $60,000 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and raised another $10,000 on its own, seeking the rest from a grant for KaBoom, a non-profit which a mission to create modern playspaces through community participation.

With the KaBoom grant in hand and playground equipment on-hand in the fall of 2011, the Cora Kelly Community started site prep in late December of that year.

But then everything came to a halt.

Built on the a portion of the City's Four Mile Run Park, the initial installation was not up to safety code and the project sat idle waiting for an additional infusion of funds from Alexandria City Public Schools in order to be completed.

Those funds finally became available last Fall and work re-commenced this May.



The play area behind Cora Kelly
has been a construction site for the last 18 months.

Friday, June 14, 2013

4MRMarket Report: "Here's the Beef!" Edition

Fill your reusable bag
with veggies from C&T
This weekend we welcome back the What's for Dinner Now with their tasty Farm-raised Black Angus beef and naturally farmed pork.  They were missed last weekend, as evidenced by numerous people asking about their absence. Don't worry, they were just off for the week for their daughter's wedding, and they'll continue to anchor the 4MRMarket all season long.

Come out this weekend and see what else C&T Produce has in store. Remember, their offerings grow each week this time of year!  So even if a favorite like local sweet corn wasn't available last week, it should be here any day now. You'll find a great selection already, including things like blueberries, greenhouse tomatoes, lettuces, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, green onions, sugar snap peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, and more!

Singer/Songwriter Nila Kay will be brightening up your Sunday morning with on the 4MRMarket Stage with songs like this original song, Sunday Afternoon (click the link if the video below does not load).


Nila will be on stage from about 10 to noon. Even if for some reason, you just don't like buying food from sustainable, local sources, everyone can get down with some free music, am I right?!

Our artists graciously donate their time, so please feel free to donate a little bit to the artists to make it even more worth their while to come out and play for you!

Please see our FaceBook invite page for more information about the show!

Don't forget: Buy Fresh, Buy Local and Win at 4MRMarket!!  Remember your “Farm. Fresh. Pledge.” punch card if you got one last week. Or, if you didn't get started yet, just ask for one at 4MRMarket and earn one punch for each $10 you spend on Virginia Grown products.

Collect all 14 punches for a chance to win a Virginia Grown® / Virginia’s Finest® gift basket valued at $250. (See the official rules for more details).

You can fill up your bags with a great selection of produce, meat, cheese, teas, health and beauty products, and more.

Here is what's at 4MRMarket this week:
  • C &T Produce (White Oak, VA) - A huge selection of locally grown produce from a locally, family-run farm in Stafford, Virginia.
  • The Stifler Farm aka "What's For Dinner Now" - Farm-raised Black Angus beef, humanely raised on lush pasture fields of the Shenandoah Valley, naturally farmed pork...and now... Uncle Frank's Grilling Sauce!!
  • Tom's Amish Cheese Store (Lancaster, PA) - Artisan Cheese and yogurt, farm-fresh eggs, and Pennsylvania honey.
  • Fluffed Up Desserts - (Alexandria) - Gourmet Marshmallow treats and macarons.  Also enjoy a breakfast s'more at this weekend's market.
  • Whole Health Medical (Alexandria) -  Organic teas and body scrubs from one of the largest Message and Acupuncture Therapy businesses in Northern Virginia (approved by the Alexandria Health Department).
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - Brewed coffee, tea, and always a few extra goodies!
  • Kalika Beauty (Centreville, VA) - A naturally effective, eco-friendly, line of handmade bath and body skin care goodies. Her products are made with bio-dynamic, natural botanical active ingredients.

Crafts available on a rotating basis.

See below all the ways to help and participate in the market!

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 the market.  You can pre-pay online via Pay-Pal (send money to 4MRM@arlandria.org).

DONATE. Help 4MRMarket help 4MRPark. 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 to fund tree and other amenities at 4MRExpand More information here.

HELP. If you'd like to volunteer with the 4MRMarket, go to: volunteer.4MRMarket.org 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 4MRMarket@arlandria.org 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 again this year 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. And C&T Produce now accepts SFMNP vouchers!
__________________________________
Buy Fresh Buy Local 4MRMarket products.

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 April 14th until November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. 

For more info see: http://www.4mrmarket.org/
On Facebook: facebook.com/4MRMarket
On Twitter: @4MRMarket
Contact us at: 4MRMarket@arlandria.org
Or call the 4MRMarket hotline: (804) 4mi-Run1