The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (4MRMarket) will re-open April 23rd & every Sunday from 9am until 1pm this Spring in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. (click here for directions)
|If you drive: here's where to park!|
Since its inception, 4MRMarket has hosted the 4MR Concert Series. This season marks another year where the 4MR Stage will be home a weekly concert series featuring local artists that volunteer their time to bring you a little kick-start to your Sunday! Nearly every week, there will be an artist on stage from 10am to noon. They graciously accept tips and friendly applause, so please help support music at the market from these volunteer musicians!
Some 4MRMarket-goers have already gotten to see a sneak preview of our most recent promotion last Sunday: 4MRMarket is participating in the statewide "Farm. Fresh. PLEDGE!" promotion.
Pick up a "Farm. Fresh. PLEDGE!" at several locations around the market and for each $10 spent at 4MRMarket, we'll be checking it off (or punching it out) on your card. Once filled, the card will be submitted for a statewide drawing each month, as well as being eligible for a local prize. The first drawing isn't until the end of June, so we get to give everyone a head start!
Also, come check out what we have in store at the 4MRMarket tent. In celebration of start of Summer, we still have some Capital Bikeshare membership discount and trial coupons, great to try out in this Spring weather!
|Come to the 4MRMarket tent to inquire about CaBi!|
On 4MR Stage, ~10am - Noon
4MR Concert Series veteran musician Jong Lee runs Jive Sound, a bass guitar shop on the Avenue in Arlandria. His performances are always 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, 10-Noon!
Please see the 4MRMarket FaceBook event page for more information about the show!
We're not just a Farmers Market. We're a cause!! We started a non-profit to improve Four Mile Run Park & Stream. Help us!
Founded to support the revitalization and expansion of Four Mile Run Park, 4MRMarket has worked with various community partners to create a venue that is inviting, clean and a resource for the diverse neighborhood of Arlandria.
Last year, we funded the formation of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation and this new non-profit is already holding grant-supported park improvement events like the recent planting of 2 dozen new trees. Recently we met some of the neighbors and hope to have folks help us learn more about our wild friends living in the park!
And we're still looking for help to make park and environmental improvements. As we continue working to plant trees and remove invasive plants, this year we also aim to reduce litter throughout lower Four Mile Run with "Clean Stream Extreme"!! We were just grant funding to couple with the many generous donations received to equip volunteers with tools for stream clean-ups and install recycling bins & litter traps to make that less necessary.
AND this just in: In recognition of its innovative and effective approach to community engagement and volunteer coordination, Four Mile Run Park has been named a “Frontline Park,” a nationwide competition sponsored each year by City Parks Alliance. Read more about that here.
Check out the Four Mile Run Conservatory webpage at: www.FourMileRun.org.
|Have you met the neighbors?|
We've all helped bring about a lot of improvement to Four Mile Run Park through fund-raising and plain, old hard work. We've helped raise funds for a variety of other non-profits and helped folks of all walks of life Buy Fresh, Buy Local.
As a 100% neighborhood volunteer run market, we are proud that 4MRMarket serves as an incubator for small start-up businesses, a space for non-profits to promote their causes, and a community gathering place for live music, fellowship, and quality food and craft options.
Check back next week to see what's happening on Sundays this Spring! And see below all the ways to help and follow the links to find our market vendors during the break!!
|Mechelle's Baking Company has a variety of pie!|
And the talented Crafters:
More ways to support 4MRMarket:
The supercool 4MRMarket t-shirt
will soon be even cooler.
BUY. Proceeds of our 4MRMarket T-shirts go to support Four Mile Run Park improvements with our partner the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation. Shirts are currently out of stock. We'll be trying a new ordering system soon.
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 our partner the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation to fund tree plantings, clean-ups, water stations and other amenities at 4MRExpand or throughout the park.
VOLUNTEER. We love help with set-up and tear-down and/or helping folks shop using SNAP or Credit/Debit cards. Just find a Market Manager to ask to help, or email us at 4MRMarket@arlandria.org for more info.
FOLLOW. Keep up to date on all the goings on by following 4MRMarket on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, 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 participants can take advantage of the Inova-sponsored "Double Dollar" program again this year that doubles the first $20 SNAP participants spend. An extra $20!! 4MRMarket is proud to have been the first farmers’ market in Northern Virginia to accept SNAP.