Saturday, September 6, 2014

4MRMarket Report: Book Sale Extravaganza!

Looking for a good book? We've got plenty!
(Thanks to hundreds of donations from across the city).


Come to the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market  at 4109 Mt. Vernon Avenue this Sunday September 7th, 9am-1pm to find that great read you've been looking for. 

ALL proceeds go to the Alexandria Scholarship Fund, so bone up on your reading and support a worthy cause. This is seriously a big sale with an unprecedented number of donations. Please come check it all out!

And while at 4MRMarket, you can once again find a full array of fruits and veg at C&T Produce this Sunday 9am-1pm.  And don't forget delicious artisanal cheese from Tom's Amish Cheese or your new favorite baked goods from Sweet 'n Savory! A delicious array of goodies will once again be on display.
4MRMarket vendor Caffeine will have whole bean and pour over HOT and ICED coffees this Sunday. The iced pour overs are anew addition! Check out this article from DIY Del Ray on Justine's artisanal coffee.

The Stiflers (What's For Dinner, Now) will be back on September 28, but be sure to check out all the other great vendors this weekend!

Thanks to everyone that donated, purchased lemonade, and generally supported the 4MR Tree Planting so far. As the campaign draws to a close and we get ready to plant, there's still time to contribute!!  Learn more about the 4MR Park Community Fall Tree Planting at: www.arlandria.org

This Week on 4MR Stage...

Matt Buchanan will be on 4MR Stage
Matt Buchanan will be on 4MR Stage from 10am-Noon this Sunday! This is his second time playing 4MRMarket, so give him a great reception.  He plays folk, rock, alternative, and blues, and you may have seen him playing at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub in the past.


Our musicians volunteer their time on Sunday mornings to make yours even brighter! They graciously accept tips and friendly applause, so please help support music at the market!

Please see the 4MRMarket FaceBook event page for more information about the show!


Composting at 4MRMarket

Bring your (non-animal) food scraps to 4MRMarket in any type of container you choose, or purchase one on-site for a very low fee.
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4MRMarket 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" - (Will be back September 28th) Farm-raised Black Angus beef, humanely raised on lush pasture fields of the Shenandoah Valley, naturally farmed pork--plus Uncle Frank's Grilling Sauce!! 
  • Tom's Amish Cheese Store (Lancaster, PA) - Artisan Cheese and yogurt, farm-fresh eggs, and Pennsylvania honey. 
  • Sweet 'N Savory (Alexandria) - Your local Bulgarian baker! Maker of Savory and Sweet Breads, Breakfast Pastries, Fruit Pies, Breadsticks, and Granola.
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - Brewed coffee, tea, and always a few extra goodies! 
  • Caffeine. - Serving freshly roasted coffee from various sources (Rwandan and Honduran this week) at their pour over brew bar!
Crafters and More
  • District Line Co. (Arlington) - Local t-shirt designer with featured designs for Arlington.
  • Felicity's Handcrafted Soaps - (Alexandria) This specialty crafter of hand-made soaps and knitted items will be at the market every other Sunday!
4MRMarket News:

Have Books to Donate?  Bring them to 4MRMarket!


The 2nd Annual Four Mile Run Farmers' & Artisans Market Book Sale will take place Sunday September 7th with ALL proceeds benefiting the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria!

Bring any unwanted books to the 4MRMarket on Sundays between 9am and 1pm now through August 31st.
Contact nsimon22305@yahoo.com for more information.

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Did you catch the article about 4MRMarket on page 8 of a recent Alexandria Times? Also check out the front page of this recent edition!!


Well, the cat's out of the bag: our business is other people's businesses...promoting them!

And as promised, there is  now a way that you can help 4MRMarket raise funds for Four Mile Run Park!! We have partnered with the City of Alexandria and CitizInvestor to provide a way to directly contribute to 4MR Park. Please help us build on the $2,000 that we've already raised to plant more trees in Four Mile Run park by contributing whatever you can, big or small.

All donated funds go toward the purchase of new trees (or the water to make them grow)! Each tree requires approximately $380 (an estimated $100 for the 1.5" caliper tree itself, $30 per watering bag & $12.50 for watering 20 times per year for two years (if no other access is possible watering services will be utilized).

Contribute at: http://www.citizinvestor.com/project/4mr-park-fall-tree-planting

See the brief video about the project:




Also click on over to the Wells Fargo Works Project and see the 4MRMarket submission to win a grant to help us help more start-up businesses get a leg-hold in the the competitive market place!

And stay tuned for more news!!

See below all the ways to help and participate in the market!
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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 4MRM@arlandria.org).

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, come talk to us any Sunday. You'll be able to volunteer to help process SNAP/EBT and Credit / Debit Card 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 4MRMarket@arlandria.org for more info.

READ. Keep up to date on all the goings on by following 4MRMarket on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ 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!
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Buy Fresh Buy Local 4MRMarket products.
4MRMarket is open every Sunday from 9am until 1pm from April 27th until November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. 
(click here for directions)

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.

For more info see: http://www.4mrmarket.org/
On Facebook: facebook.com/4MRMarket
On Twitter: @4MRMarket
Contact us at: 4MRMarket@arlandria.org
Or call the 4MRMarket hotline: (804) 4mi-Run1