Friday, October 31, 2014

4MRMarket Report: Apples (and Temperatures) are Crisp

The apple of the fall foodie's eye
The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (4MRMarket) is open every Sunday from 9am until 1pm from late April until November 23rd in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. (click here for directions)

Welcome to full-on fall at last! Sunday will be a cool day at 4MRMarket, but what better time to enjoy a hot coffee or tea and a show! Bundle up for the cool morning and come see Ian Kraft play on 4MR Stage from 10-12!

And the cool weather as we enter November means crisp apples and cinnamony apple dishes, warm creamy butternut squash soups, root vegetable purees, roasts accompanied by a medley of tasty vegetables, and the whole host of foods that make you welcome this time of year are here! Check out C&T Produce's fantastic fall selection!

Charity Watch
Thanks for donating all this stuff!!
  • Thank you to everyone that donated gently worn, clean, cold weather clothing and rain gear for St. Rita's Annual Clothing Drive! We were able to donate more than a dozen bags of clothing for the cause! The clothes were distributed on Saturday, October 25th from the St. Rita School Hall to our neighbors in Arlandria.
  • 4MRMarket is donating $1,000 to 4MR Park tree planting efforts. Along with the $1,000 4MRMarket won from ActionAlexandria Green Ideas Challenge (funded by Dominion Power) and $1,000 from crowd funding through Citizinvestor, that's $3,000 for trees in 4MR Park and surrounding areas!
Don't forget to check out more information about the 4MR Park Community Fall Tree Planting at:
This Week on 4MR Stage...

Ian Kraft will once again be on stage from about 10am-Noon this Sunday!

You may remember his performances from 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 check out a bit of Ian's most recent performance at 4MR Stage in the video at this link to get a taste of the 4MR Concert Series! Thanks Ian!

Ian performing on the 4MR Stage back in August.
Click here to watch.

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 Food 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. 
  • The Stifler Farm aka "What's For Dinner Now" - (Will be back in early November) Farm-raised Black Angus beef, humanely raised on lush pasture fields of the Shenandoah Valley, naturally farmed pork--plus Uncle Frank's Grilling Sauce!! 
  • Tom's Amish Cheese Store (Lancaster, PA) - Artisan Cheese and yogurt, farm-fresh eggs, and Pennsylvania honey. 
  • Caffeine. - Serving freshly roasted pour-over coffee (hot OR cold) from various sources at their pour over brew bar!  Also selling freshly roasted beans so you can enjoy the magic 7 days a week!
  • Savory 'N Sweet (Alexandria) - Your local Bulgarian baker! Maker of Savory and Sweet Breads, Breakfast Pastries, Fruit Pies, Breadsticks, and Granola.
  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (Del Ray) - (For Sale at another market stall this week as St. Elmo's Staff won't be there.  Check with the market tent.) Brewed coffee, tea, and always a few extra goodies! 
And the Crafters:
  • Felicity's Handcrafted Soaps (Alexandria) - This specialty crafter of hand-made soaps and knitted items will be at the market every Sunday.

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+ 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.

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