Saturday, October 11, 2014

4MRMarket Report: Food Truck and Fall Weather Return!

Rocklands was at 4MRMarket in September.
They're baaack!
The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (4MRMarket) is open every Sunday from 9am until 1pm from late April until November 23rd  in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. (click here for directions)

4MRMarket will host Rocklands BBQ food truck this Sunday from about 9:30-1!

Come enjoy Alexandria's own mobile BBQ joint while drying out from this rainy Saturday. Rocklands should have some breakfast items this Sunday, but there's also the delicious pastries and breads from Savory N' Sweet!

It should be a lovely 60 degrees and partly sunny tomorrow at the market.  What better way to enjoy a great fall day than with a breakfast or lunch treat, some coffee,  and music!

Charity Watch
  • It's the last weekend for the St. Rita's Annual Clothing Drive! So, if you're cleaning out your closets, 4MRMarket can help. St. Rita's Church is conducting its annual clothing drive. 
    • We're collecting gently worn, clean, cold weather clothing and rain gear of all sizes this week. Look for the collection box at the 4MRMarket Tent. 
    • The clothing will be distributed on Saturday, October 25th from the St. Rita School Hall to our neighbors in Arlandria.
  • 4MRMarket is donating $1,000 to 4MR Park tree planting efforts. Along with the $1,000 4MRMarket won from ActionAlexandria Green Ideas Challenge (funded by Dominion Power) and $1,000 from crowd funding through Citizinvestor, that's $3,000 for trees in 4MR Park and surrounding areas!
Don't forget to check out more information about the 4MR Park Community Fall Tree Planting at:

This Week on 4MR Stage...

Libby Wiebel is a local singer/songwriter who played last weekend at 4MRMarket!  We liked her so much, she's back again this week.  In her own words, she is a "contemporary folk music that ranges from the heavy to the hopeful and from the cynical to the hysterical." Come check her out from about 10am to Noon on Sunday.

Remember, these 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.

4MRMarket Food 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 in early November) 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. 
  • Caffeine. - Serving freshly roasted pour-over coffee (hot OR cold) from various sources at their pour over brew bar!  Also selling freshly roasted beans so you can enjoy the magic 7 days a week!
  • Savory 'N Sweet (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! 
  • Felicity's Handcrafted Soaps (Alexandria) - This specialty crafter of hand-made soaps and knitted items will be at the market every other Sunday!
  • Rocklands BBQ Food Truck (Alexandria) - The legendary local BBQ joint is now on wheels!  They'll be serving up pulled pork and all the sides and fixins!

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.

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.

VOLUNTEER. We love help with set-up and tear-down and/or processing SNAP/EBT and Credit / Debit Card sales.  Just find a Market Manager to ask to help, or email us at for more info.

FOLLOW. 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!

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.

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