Friday, September 11, 2015

4MRMarket Report: Bagels and a Healthier Pet, Anyone?

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)

Bagels anyone?
Last weekend, our newest vendor, Bagel Uprising sold out of his 150 bagels in under 45 minutes!

While I'm sure he plans to bring more this weekend, the message here is this: get there early!!! And not to be overlooked, Whole Health will bring back their selection of teas to 4MRMarket for the rest of the season!

Bagel Uprising is based out of a Del Ray kitchen, and they're the real deal! The Bagel Uprising recipe—developed slowly over several years—produces a chewy and flavorful bagel from five wholesome ingredients: yeast, flour, salt, malt, and brown sugar. Chad will once again be offering four traditional flavors: Poppy, Sesame, Everything, and Plain.

Don't forget to pick yourself up some homemade lox from Selo Market and Eatery, to pair with your Sunday breakfast bagel! And a coffee or tea from St. Elmo's will complete the breakfast experience. Voila!

Is Your Pet Pest Free? Del Ray Animal Hospital Can Help!

Del Ray Animal Hospital will be on site Sunday with information, dog treats, and cupcakes (for humans) from 4MRMarket vendor SweetCentral Cupcakes. In their own words:
"Without a doubt, parasite control is one of the most important and commonly overlooked health management concerns for our pets. Parasites are responsible for a wide variety of health problems, from painful skin infection, itching and irritation caused by fleas and mites, to chronic gastrointestinal disease, heart and lung disease, and serious infectious diseases such as Lyme and Ehrlichiosis. Please stop by the Del Ray Animal Hospital on Sunday for more information 
At the table we will have handouts and brochures on flea/tick preventive, coupons for the clinic, freebies, complimentary dog treats and also cookies provided by Sweet Central Cupcakes for the humans."

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, 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.
  • --OFF THIS WEEK-- 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.
  • Bagel Uprising (Del Ray) - Are you ready to rebel against dry, stale, flavorless bagels? Look no further! Bagel Uprising offers authentic handmade bagels—boiled and baked in small batches—that will satisfy your craving for the real thing.
  • Whole Health (Alexandria) - Organic teas, potpourris, and body scrubs from one of the largest Message and Acupuncture Therapy businesses in Northern Virginia.

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.
  • Marie Bergeron (Arlington) - Selling original oil paintings, giclee prints, cards, and handmade gentleman jewelry boxes.
  • --OFF THIS WEEK-- N'KETIAH Hand Dyed Tees and Fabrics (Woodbridge, VA) - New York transplant N'Ketiah sells hand-made tie-dye and batik fabrics and t-shirts in a huge array of colors.
  • Papazian Jewelry Designs (Alexandria) - Unique hand-crafted works of wearable art in copper, silver, brass, semi-precious stones, and glass.
This Week on 4MR Stage...

We welcome back 4MRMarket veteran Janna Audey from 10-Noon!

Janna performs a mix of her own material and adaptations of songs by her favorite artists and songwriters. Whether you see Janna by her lonesome for an intimate, storytelling show, as the duo alongside husband and electric guitarist, Rob Santos you'll understand what the Janna-buzz is all about. It's about the music, providing a sense of community, connection, feeling, laughter, positive energy, and FUN.

As always, the concert is free. Janna and all our performers are volunteering to share their music with market goers, though they will gladly welcome tips and friendly applause for their craft!

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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