Saturday, June 18, 2016

4MRMarket Report: Food Trucks Return!

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

Rocklands BBQ will make a monthly appearance this summer!  We're working on others, as well!
Rocklands BBQ will be the first food truck at 4MRMarket of the season! Hopefully with efforts by the City to make food truck registration a bit easier and increase locations where they can vend, we'll finally have a variety of food trucks in the City! Rocklands has long been a pioneer in this area.

Don't forget to check out the Alexandria Mobile Transit Store to refill your SmarTrip and learn more about walking, biking, CaBi, and transit in Alexandria!

Book Sale a Huge Success

Thanks to all of you who donated books, who bought books and who helped out last Sunday!! Well more than half of the books sold today (roughly more than 800!) and the rest were convoyed over to Beatley Library to help their future book sale.

The sale raised $425 for the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria and the books will continue to raise money to support Alexandria's libraries! Good work!!

The Vendors!

Here is who you will find at 4MRMarket!

Food Vendors
  • C & T Produce (White Oak, VA) - A huge selection of locally grown produce from a locally, family-run farm in Stafford, Virginia.
  • Montoya's Farm (King George, VA) - Northern Neck farmers specializing in Latin ingredients and many varieties of popular produce.
  • 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.
  • Whole Health (Alexandria) - Organic teas, potpourris, and body scrubs from one of the largest  Message and Acupuncture Therapy businesses in Northern Virginia.
  • 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!
  • OFF THIS WEEK -- 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. Bagel sales begin at 10am!! 
And the talented Crafters:
  • Off this week -- Felicity's Handcrafted Soaps - (Alexandria) - All Season - Specialty crafter of all-natural hand-made soaps and knitted items
  • Uncommon Knits (Leesburg, VA) - Handwoven linens made with 100% cotton and hand-stitched hems for your kitchen, dining room and bath.
  • Kelly Glass Studio (Purcellville, VA) - Kristy Kelly's artisan glass jewelry, homegoods, and accessories from her studio.
  • Cultured Concepts (Alexandria) - Handmade jewelry from Marie-Noelle's shop in Old Town Alexandria, VA that designs and handcrafts a large variety of jewelry pieces. Will be at the market every-other week.
  • Off this week--Nurture Designs (Alexandria) - Local jewelry artisan 
  • Off this week--Thorn & Thistle (Takoma Park. MD) is a traveling flower shop that visits your local farmer and flea markets. We offer modern, insatiably peculiar and affordable flower arrangements sized moderate to minuscule.​ (every other week starting April 24th)
  • Bits N' Booties (Alexandria) - hand-knit baby booties, bows, and other great accessories.
On 4MR Stage, ~10am - Noon
4MRMarket veteran musician Jong Lee.

Jong runs Jive Sound ( a bass guitar shop on the Avenue in Arlandria and his performances are a lot of fun.

Remember, the concert is free, but Jong and all our performers welcome tips and friendly applause for sharing their craft with you on a lovely Sunday morning.

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. Ask for a free coupon book and raffle entry as a thank you!!


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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