Friday, May 1, 2015

4MRMarket Report: Bigger Than Ever!

Watch a market tour and enjoy the Jong Lee impromptu quartet!
The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (4MRMarket) is open every Sunday from 9am until 1pm through November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. (click here for directions)

Have a look at the market tour video with the musical stylings of Jong Lee's impromptu quartet. It's like a weekly festival in your own backyard! If you haven't checked out 4MRMarket this season, you probably don't know that the market has more vendors this year than in years past. Sunday we will host 11 different vendors, with more on the way as the season progresses!

New Vendor for 2015: Sun & Moon Accessories

In her own words, Lorena Cruz creates "handmade jewelry for all occasions! Sun & Moon Accessories offer jewelry made from stones and gems as well as from seeds and fibers found on trees in the Amazon!" She also sells a variety of hand-knit or sewn items for children and adults. She will be at the market all season with an ever-changing array of designs. Check her work out this Sunday!

Some of the many Sun & Moon Accessories on offer

Return of The Compost Drop-Off

After 2 weeks of no compost drop-off, that service returns to 4MRMarket this Sunday! Bring your non-animal-based food scraps in any type of container you choose, or purchase one on-site for a very low fee.

Wine Tasting Volunteer?

4MRMarket is still looking for someone to help us reach out to a few local vineyards to set up one or more wine tasting events with Virginia vineyards at the market this season! And yes, you, too can taste the wine. We are approved for just this sort of thing, and we really want to make use of that permission. Unfortunately, we were all too busy last season to set something up, so we're seeking one or more volunteers to help us do just that. Please inquire with us (contact info at end of email) if you are curious and we can provide details!

The Vendors!

Here is who you will find at 4MRMarket this weekend!

Food Vendors
  • C & T Produce (White Oak, VA) - A huge selection of locally grown produce from a locally, family-run farm in Stafford, Virginia.
  • Tom's Amish Cheese Store (Lancaster, PA) - Artisan Cheese and yogurt, farm-fresh eggs, and Pennsylvania honey.  And now carrying all his great cave-aged cheeses at 4MRMarket!
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - Brewed coffee, tea, and always a few extra goodies!
  • Savory 'N Sweet (Alexandria) - Your local Bulgarian baker! Maker of Savory and Sweet Breads, Breakfast Pastries, Fruit Pies, Breadsticks, and Granola.
  • Great Harvest (Alexandria) - this bakery serves up a huge variety of breads, muffins, and other treats. With generous samples, you'll be excited before you even get your loaves back to your kitchen!
  • She Peppers (Alexandria) - Backyard gardeners who have turned the peppers, vegetables, and herbs that we grow into delicious and unique bbq sauces, pepper sauces, hot sauces, dips, and rubs. She Peppers also sells seeds and seedlings of the various types of peppers, tomatoes, and herbs for patrons.
  • Furloughed Feds (Arlandria) - An idea borne out of the Federal Furlough started 2 falls ago, this local pair brings home baked goodies (cupcakes, brownies, coffee cakes, caramel candies) and breakfast treats (muffins, biscotti, granola) to the market for a reasonable price.  They bring goodies to the public, in lieu of serving the public. "Let Them Eat Cake...and other Goodies!!"
And the talented Crafters:
  • Felicity's Handcrafted Soaps - (Alexandria) - All Season - Specialty crafter of all-natural hand-made soaps and knitted items
  • Sun & Moon Accessories (Manassas) - All Season - handmade jewelry from mostly natural products (seeds, gems etc). hand sewn articles of clothing made from crotchet. Scarves and baby boots and hats.
  • Funct! Art (Arlandria) - Arlandria resident Steph makes more than pieces of art; they are pieces of functional art! Every painting is magnetic for use as a message board. Customers can add cork, chalk board, or clock components to the piece and Steph makes the modifications on the spot (takes less than 10 minutes). Steph also sells handmade magnets. Pieces include city skylines like DC and Old Town Alexandria, Del Ray, and more!
  • Whitney's World, Kenya Microcrafts - Our popular purveyor of fair trade handmade baskets and jewelry from Kenya is back for her monthly visit to the market!
This Week on 4MR Stage...

4MRMarket veteran Ian Craft this Sunday from 10am-Noon!

You may remember his performances from earlier this year and last year. Ian is a a singer/songwriter who has recently moved into the Alexandria area and is happy to spread his music with market goers. Thanks Ian!

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!

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 was the first farmers’ market in Northern Virginia 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.

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Or call the 4MRMarket hotline: (804) 4mi-Run1