Friday, February 21, 2014

Getting Ready....Let's GROW!!

4MRMarket is gearing up to prepare for another season coming up in the Spring and we have some exciting news on the horizon!

Meat Delivery Saturday
Look for a drop-off delivery from our favorite sustainable meat purveyors, What's for Dinner Now on February 22nd from 2-4pm. It's not too late to get an order in, contact Joyce and Mitch Stifler at: or by phone at (540) 896-3405.

Or just stop on by to see what they've got on-hand. You won't be disappointed. Give it a try!!

CSA Delivery Wednesdays
Also, starting next Wednesday, February 26th, from 4-7pm and every Wednesdays thereafter, look for our new partner Relay Foods to make CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) deliveries at the 4MRMarket site. 

Relay Foods is "your online market for sustainable foods and everyday groceries." Check them out! 

More Trees
To continue our support of Four Mile Run Park, look for ways that you can help us plant more trees this Spring. Details to follow. (See below about our great partnership with Casey Trees last Spring!)

Food Trucks at 4MRMarket
The 4MRMarket team has been hard at work all through the winter (when we're not busy having babies) to try to bring some awesome prepared food to our Sunday market. We're not there yet, but we hope to get there!!

We're really excited for all that this next season will offer!!  Getting Ready...Let's Grow!!

What it's all about....

We're helping to fix a park, restore a stream and build community!!

Each year 4MRMarket donates all funds raised by our volunteer efforts to the City of Alexandria to be used in Four Mile Run Park. But we give so much more in effort.

The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market 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.

4MRMarket is part of an overall vision to expand and improve Four Mile Run park and the surrounding neighborhood. We're thankful to be a part of it and so much more.....

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 1)....Four Mile Run Park!!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 2)....The Stiflers!! 

For teaching us all about sustainably and humanely raised beef and pork, grown without antibiotics or hormones....and for so many other things!! Always with us through thick and thin, the good-natured family who started What's for Dinner Now along with us are the epitome of can-do! 

We had no idea what we were eating before we met you!!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 3)....Community Composting!!

The returns are in: we're gonna need a bigger bin!

Community Composting has arrived at 4MRMarket!! Bring your non-animal food waste to 4MRMarket and the City of Alexandria will return to you some high grade garden compost. We tried to get this going for a number of years and are grateful that the City has stepped up...and happy to do our part!

Get an attractive little bucket for $5 or use your own doesn't matter how you bring you waste matter. The returns are in: we're gonna need a bigger bin!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 4)....Blue Skies and Rainbows!! 

Through rain and sleet, wind (APLENTY) or snowacane, you can count on 4MRMarket! But that's not how we prefer it!!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 5)....Community.

From that very first clean-up day a few years ago when there was nothing but a weedy vacant lot...folks from all over the neighborhood were there to lend a hand!!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 6)....Sunsets.
There are some spectacular shows of light and color over the Four Mile Run, particular in Fall and Winter. Sometimes 4MRMarket has to stop and just smell the sunset.

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 7)....Commitment!! 
We think all of our customers are winners, but especially those who made a $10/week commitment to 4MRMarket with a "Farm. Fresh. Pledge.” punch card. 

And of course some lucky few were rewarded in our monthly drawings!! But everyone wins when you Buy Fresh Buy Local!!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 8)...Inova!! 

As sponsors of Buy Fresh Buy Local Northern Virginiaand the SNAP Double $ program, the Inova Health Foundation helps 4MRMarket empower small entrepreneurs and folks of all walks of life to join in and Buy Fresh Buy Local!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 9)....Fortitude. 

More than a few hearty folks braved the weather...even in the bitter cold... to make it to 4MRMarket and more than a couple came by bike, foot and shop and make compost deposits. 

Thanks for all the support, folks and stay warm!!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 10)...Performances!! 

A whole lot of great local talent has been displayed on the 4MRMarket Stage over the past couple of years. We're honored to have hosted it. We are indebted. May the music never stop!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 11)...Creativity!! 

Unleashed from the minds of a group of do-gooders known as Architects Anonymous, their ingenuous plans for Four Mile Run Park gave rise to 4MRMarket

A work in progress. We can't wait to see what the future holds!!

4MRMarket is Thankful (part 12)...Casey Trees!! 

The Casey Trees support of the Tree Stewards efforts is a continuation of a series of private initiatives to revive, restore and expand this public space. The trees were planted as part of the Four Mile Run Park Expansion (4MR Expand), a project that has been a decade in the works. Originally conceived as part of the 2003 Arlandria Plan,

Read more...and look for more to come!!

4MRMarket Report: "We Give Thanks to...YOU!" Edition