Saturday, July 25, 2015

4MRMarket Report: Be an Angel With a Delicious Investment!

The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (4MRMarket) will be open every Sunday from 9am until 1pm from April 19th through November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. (click here for directions)

It will be another great week at 4MRMarket thanks to all of the passionate entrepreneurs launching start-up businesses that have become a part of the market this year.  So far this season, we have 3 full-time vendors in their first year in business and they have great aspirations!

Second Rising making bread, but not for the dough...
  • Second Rising Bakery brings you fresh breads baked literally the night before the market. Rebecca is so passionate about her mission that she bakes full time for an area bakery then stays up most of the night making bread for 4MRMarket customers. She is trying to start a bakery that will give victims of the sex trade a second chance.
  • She Peppers is a new business conceived of by a couple of backyard gardeners who have turned the peppers, vegetables, and herbs that we grow into delicious products. They are dedicated to bringing customers product make using organic methods that spices up your day!
  • Selo Market & Eatery allows new parents Matt and Jovanna to persue their passion for food, design, and all things local. "Selo" means "village" to Matt and Joanna it also means home-grown and local, meant to be shared with family, friends and community. They hope to open a brick and mortar store/restaurant and are using 4MRMarket as their jumping off point.
So you see, the "angel investors" are all of you market goers. You don't have to be rich to make a difference. By supporting these and other great vendors at 4MRMarket, you're helping build on the dreams of these great entrepreneurs. And the return on your dollar is realized immediately by your taste buds and that good feeling you get knowing you're a big part of something great.

The Vendors!

Here is who you will find at 4MRMarket this weekend!
Some of the Selo Market & Eatery Offerings

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, apple cider donuts, 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.
  • Second Rising Bakery (Alexandria) - Rebecca bakes delicious breads and cookies that are egg free and made with real butter, honey, and whole grains. Once this new business is up and running, it will help provide women that have been victimized by the sex trade a second chance.
  • 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.
  • Selo Market & Eatery (Alexandria) - They combine locally grown products and worldly influence in everything they do. With a focus on detail and design the market represents their love and passion for food, from childhood memories to experiences traveling and living abroad. "Selo" means "village" to Matt and Joanna it also means home-grown and local, meant to be shared with family, friends and community.
  • 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.
This Week on 4MR Stage...

This Sunday, we welcome back 4MR Stage veteran Mike Elosh from 10-Noon!

Mike Elosh is a roots and folk musician that you've probably heard during his monthly performances at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub.

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!

Composting at 4MRMarket!

Bring your non-animal-based food scraps in any type of container you choose, or purchase one on-site for a very low fee.

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+, Email 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 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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