Saturday, May 25, 2013

4MRMarket Report: "The Weather's Fine!" Edition

Ask for the Farm, Fresh, Pledge punch card.
Collect 14 punches for a chance to win!
Buy Fresh, Buy Local and Win at 4MRMarket!!  

Just ask for the “Farm, Fresh, Pledge” punch card at 4MRMarket starting this Sunday 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).

Sundays so far this year have been a mixed bag weather-wise. Some are too cold, some too windy or rainy, but this weekend should be juuuuuuust right. It should be low 70s, sunny, and dry.

All the better to sit in the 4MRMarket Lounge and take in this week's free musical performance! What better way to enjoy the start of your Sunday!

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Watch "The Post" perform Glass and Scratches and
other tunes on 4MRMarket Stage from 11am-noon
From 11am to noon, you'll find "The Post" groovin' on the 4MRMarket Stage.  The soulful, poetic folk rock played by Chelsea Bryan and Kate Jarosik of "The Post" is equal parts nostalgia and a push against the mechanical, fast nature of city living.

"The Post's" harmony-heavy ballads, blues chord progressions and rock-out, folk-amped-up attitude are courtesy of Bryan on lead vocals and keyboard and multi instrumentalist and vocalist Jarosik on guitar, melodica, mandolin or bass.

While you enjoy the performance, be sure to grab a snack and a cup of coffee from St. Elmo's Coffee Pub. Then, after you get your fill of musical accompaniment to your morning cup o' Joe, fill up your reusable bags with the ever expanding offerings from C&T Produce, plus a great selection of meat, cheese, teas, handmade soaps, health and beauty products, and more.

AND...Check back on June 2nd for the Arlandria Community Open House during 4MRMarket:
City staff will be on hand to provide updates on pedestrian and bicyclists improvements, area private development projects, economic development activities, the Four Mile Run Expansion Project, and the Four Mile Restoration Demonstration Project.

Here is our list of vendors 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.
  • 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!
  • 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

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