Thursday, July 5, 2012

4MRMarket Report: "It's Electric" Edition -- Update

Come one, come all, to an electrifying performance this Sunday from 11am-Noon this Sunday at 4MRMarket!  

Wytold Lebing, an acclaimed electric cellist, and a Strathmore Artist in Residence, has volunteered to play the market this weekend, so come on out and experience a very eclectic and electric sound for a song.  Donations will be accepted, but the performance is totally free! Find a music loving neighbor who has never stopped by our little neighborhood market that could and bring them along. 

4MRMarket Pizza:
sauteed C&T onions, Tom's Amish goat cheese
and Uncle Frank's Grilling Sauce.
Also, we welcome back the pasture raised beef stylings of our own Stifler Farm. They're still in massive clean-up and rebuild mode from the "derecho" storm, but will be here this Sunday. Come get your fix of delectably grillable meaty morsels this Sunday. We know all of our omnivores missed them last weekend!  UPDATE 1:  The Stiflers are offering 10% off this week on short ribs, so get your fix and save a little cash.

Did you see the 4MRMarket Meal on our facebook page last week? Check out this market-based creation and cook along if you're so inspired (recipe included).

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.
  • UPDATE 2: Welcome Back Mujeres Artesanas de Alexandria (MAdA) - High quality hand-made crafts from several local low-income residents.
  • Ephesian Beauty (Manassas, VA) - Pure, natural homemade skin care and beauty supplies.
  • Swee Lo Sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by Balinese artisans designed by Swee Lo.

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