Saturday, June 2, 2012

4MRMarket Report: "Lovely June Day" Edition

After yesterday's torrential storms, happily, the brand new 4MR Park expansion is still intact and nothing floated away (that we know of).  Come enjoy a beautiful morning tomorrow with sun and temperatures in the low 70s... before the real heat of summer sets in.

What's For Dinner Now beef sage sausage,
 Herban Avenue spring mix and
C&T Produce hot house tomatoes.
We'll keep it short and sweet this week.  Thanks to everyone that keeps coming out and making the market what it is.

If you're reading this but haven't given us a try, or haven't been back in awhile, this would be a great week to come out. 

Peruse the selection of fruit and veg from C&T Produce, kick back in the 4MRMarket Lounge with a coffee from St. Elmo's and a pastry or empanada from Bread and Chocolate

Then grab some fresh, Shenandoah Valley grass fed beef from What's For Dinner Now.  And, check out the selection of crafts, natural beauty supplies, or delicious, artisan naturally fermented pickles from No. 1 Sons.

Remember, Buy Fresh, Buy Local.

Here is who you'll find at 4MRMarket this week:
  • Bread and Chocolate (Arlandria) - A range of baked goods.
  • C and T Produce (White Oak, VA) - A huge selection of locally grown produce from a locally, family-run farm in Stafford, Virginia .
  • 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".
  • Love and Glitter (Ellicott City, MD) - HANDMADE goods from LOCAL artisans.
  • 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. 
  • Ephesian Beauty (Manassas, VA) - NEW VENDOR! - Pure, natural homemade skin care and beauty supplies.
  • Swee Lo Sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by Balinese artisans designed by Swee Lo.
  • Olio Fresh olive oils and aged balsamics.
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. 


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:
On Twitter: @4MRMarket
Contact us at:
Or call the 4MRMarket hotline: (804) 4mi-Run1