Friday, September 18, 2015

4MRMarket Report: Fall is Coming and It's Another BIG Day!

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)

Fall brings mums and fall produce!

This Sunday, we will once again match our largest market with 14 vendors on hand, plus the Alexandria Mobile Transit Store!

The bigger news is what every farmers market attendee longs to hear (maybe we're projecting, here). With the official start of fall next week, the fall produce at C&T Produce is beginning to roll in! From now on out through the end of the season, you'll start seeing tasty squash, pumpkins, rutabaga, hearty greens, and so much more!

Get your roasting pans ready and your creamy fall soup recipes out, because things are about to start getting even more delicious.

In other great market news, Whitney's World is back from her trip to Kenya with a fresh haul fair trade baskets and jewelry!  Come check out her new offerings.


As a PSA, we feel it necessary to tell all those in search of bagels to get to 4MRMarket early! For here is the situation report for those chewy on the outside, soft on the inside chariots of cream cheesy goodness:  week 1, sold out by 9:40; week 2, Chad made twice as many and was sold out by a little after 11am. So if you don't want to be disappointed in your quest for Alexandria's only REAL bagels, get the lead out!

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Whitney's World, Kenya Microcrafts - Margaret is a popular purveyor of fair trade handmade baskets and jewelry from Kenya. She's back for her monthly visit to the market!
This Week on 4MR Stage...

The Scrub Pines will make an appearance on the 4MR Stage this Sunday from 10am-noon!

The Scrub Pines will share a collection of acoustic ballads and instrumentals, gathered from deep in the woods, along the river and up in the hills.

Their Americana/Roots/Acoustic style pairs perfectly with your local neighborhood farmers market!

Check out their ReverbNation page and their MySpace page for more info about the band.

As always, the concert is free.

All our performers volunteer 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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