Friday, July 27, 2012

4MRMarket Report: "Lounge at the Market" Edition

Grab some fresh berries from C&T Produce this weekend

You may have noticed: last week that we had a new, larger 4MRMarket lounge! If you were at the market for our kid-friendly musician (thanks again to Marsha Goodman-Wood), perhaps you enjoyed the shade and a place to relax, eat, and have coffee. With more space, you're more likely to get a seat at the popular 4MRMarket Lounge area this weekend!

Also, in case you missed it last week, if you forget to stop at the ATM, you can swipe your credit or debit card with us and we'll give you tokens in $5 increments to spend at 4MRMarket. Numerous patrons took advantage of the first week of the 4MRMarket ATM, so give it a try this week! Tokens are as good as cash, and vendors give you change.

We welcome back a couple of periodic weekly vendors this week. Handcrafted goods from local Mujeres Artisanes de Alexandria (MAdA) are sure to brighten your day. Also, we welcome back Sweetcentral Babycakes, with her tasty and beautifully presented cupcakes. Be sure not to miss Elda's delicious creations. Lastly, a new vendor this week is Josi Essential Organics, a line of organic skin care and beauty products for men and women.  Be sure to peruse her offerings this  week!

Here is who you'll find at 4MRMarket this week to satisfy your summer cravings:
  • Bread & Chocolate (Arlandria) - A range of baked goods.
  • 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.
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - Brewed coffee, tea, and a few extra goodies.
  • No. 1 Sons (Arlandria) -  Produces wild cultured foods by hand in Alexandria. This brother and sister team live in Arlandria and do not heat treat or use preservatives. They make pickles, sauerkraut, dilly beans, kim chi, beets, hot sauce and more that is "Proudly Cloudy".
  • Tom's Amish Cheese Store (Lancaster, PA) - Artisan Cheese, yogurt and Pennsylvania honey.
  • Sweetcentral Babycakes (Springfield, VA) - Artfully crafted cupcakes in babycake and teenycake sizes from Elda. This is her first market, so please welcome her and give her delicious babycakes a try.
Crafts and Natural Health Supplies:
  • Ephesian Beauty (Manassas, VA) - Pure, natural homemade skin care and beauty supplies.
  • Swee Lo (found at the No. 1 Son's Tent) - Sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by Balinese artisans designed by Swee Lo.
  • Josi Essentials Organics (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.
  • Mujeres Artesanas de Alexandria (MAdA) - High quality hand-made crafts from several local low-income residents.

    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

    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: 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 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. 

    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 May through October in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. 

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

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