Saturday, August 9, 2014

4MRMarket Report: Crafters In the Park

Ekaa, Hands that Create will be back this weekend!
This Sunday (9am-1pm) you'll have a nice selection of Artisans at 4MRMarket!

We'll have market regular Felicity's Handcrafted Soaps as well as local t-shirt designer District Line, who is having an end of season sale!

Not only that, but the ever-popular Ekaa, Hands That Create will be back this weekend with their lovely home and fashion accessories!  Come by to check out the artisan wares on display.

While you're at it, be sure to pick up your produce for the week from C&T Produce and some delicious baked goods from Sweet n' Savory. Don't forget your artisan cheese from Tom's Amish Cheese and a wake-me-up from St. Elmo's Coffee!

Unfortunately, The Stiflers (What's For Dinner, Now) had a minor accident with their truck and can't make it up this weekend again.  They expect everything to be fixed in time for next weekend's 4MRMarket, however.

Last week, Doug the Food Dude made his 4MRMarket debut serving brunch from his Alexandria-based truck. We're hoping to see him return with more goodies to enjoy in the 4MR Lounge

Check in with in the morning to see if all went as planned!!

This Week on 4MR Stage...

Click above to see a video of Ian Kraft performing
or, click here.
Ian Kraft will once again be on stage from 10am-Noon this Sunday!

You may remember his performance from earlier this summer. Ian is a a singer/songwriter who has recently moved into the Alexandria area and is happy to spread his music with market goers. You can sample a couple of his songs in the video below to get a taste of our first musician of the year. Thanks Ian!

Our 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) food scraps to 4MRMarket in any type of container you choose, or purchase one on-site for a very low fee.

4MRMarket Vendors this week:
  • 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.
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - Brewed coffee, tea, and always a few extra goodies!
  • Sweet 'N Savory (Alexandria) - Your local Bulgarian baker! Maker of Savory and Sweet Breads, Breakfast Pastries, Fruit Pies, Breadsticks, and Granola.
  • Felicity's Handcrafted Soaps - (Alexandria) This specialty crafter of hand-made soaps and knitted items will be at the market every other Sunday!
  • District Line Co. (Arlington) - Local t-shirt designer with featured designs for Arlington.
  • Frolick Dogs (Alexandria) - Chat with dog whisperer Kevin Gilliam, see Cinco Swim demo their new dog gym equipment, and get passes to try out their brand new dog gym!
  • Ekaa, Hands That Create, (Columbia, Maryland) Hand-crafted Home and Fashion accessories.

4MRMarket News:

Did you catch the article about 4MRMarket on page 8 of a recent Alexandria Times? Also check out the front page of this week's edition!!

Well, the cat's out of the bag: our business is other people's businesses...promoting them!

And as promised, there is  now a way that you can help 4MRMarket raise funds for Four Mile Run Park!! We have partnered with the City of Alexandria and CitizenInvestor to provide a way to directly contribute to 4MR Park. Please help us build on the $2,000 that we've already raised to plant more trees in Four Mile Run park by contributing whatever you can, big or small.

All donated funds go toward the purchase of new trees (or the water to make them grow)! Each tree requires approximately $380 (an estimated $100 for the 1.5" caliper tree itself, $30 per watering bag & $12.50 for watering 20 times per year for two years (if no other access is possible watering services will be utilized).

Contribute at:

See the brief video about the project:

Also click on over to the Wells Fargo Works Project and see the 4MRMarket submission to win a grant to help us help more start-up businesses get a leg-hold in the the competitive market place!

And stay tuned for more news!!

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. See us model a few at the market.  You can pre-pay online via Pay-Pal (send money to

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.

HELP. If you'd like to volunteer with the 4MRMarket, come talk to us any Sunday. You'll be able to volunteer to help process SNAP/EBT and Credit / Debit Card sales, help us keep our books, help set up or tear down for the market, or help us find musicians to play the market. You can also find a Market Manager to ask to help, or email us at for more info.

READ. Keep up to date on all the goings on by following 4MRMarket on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ 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 (and still the only) to accept SNAP. And C&T Produce now accepts SFMNP vouchers!

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.

4MRMarket is open every Sunday from 9am until 1pm from April 27th until November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. 

For more info see:
On Facebook:
On Twitter: @4MRMarket
Contact us at:
Or call the 4MRMarket hotline: (804) 4mi-Run1