Friday, July 7, 2017

4MRMarket Report: Yoga Debuts

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

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. We're happy to announce the new vendors approach us almost every day. We love hosting new businesses and watching them grow. Help us celebrate these entrepreneurs this Sunday 9am-1pm! And welcome our newest market vendor Sweet Twist of Ecuador!

This husband and wife team opened their first store in 2012 in Ecuador as Dulce Placer Heladeria by Ana Garcia. They created more than 600 flavors and love to prepare rare and exotic combinations. Their main ingredients being love, care, and passion.

Come enjoy the concert: 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

Frank Herman Martin is a winner of the 2016-2017 Artist and Scholars Project Grant, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. He writes original songs that are authentic, introspective and a bit mysterious. 

A guitarist, Frank’s EP and recordings are available on his website at He has performed throughout the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area including The Acoustic Café, The Republic, Marble & Rye, Ireland’s Four Courts and the New Deal Café. He has also performed on Voices from the DMV on WERA-FM and at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and the Rocky Mountain Song School in Lyons, Colorado.

Please see the 4MRMarket FaceBook event page for more information about the show!

New: Yoga @4MRMarket

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.

Join us for an early Yoga @ 4MRMarket class Sunday July 9th (and several future Sundays this Summer) from 8:30am until 9:15am and help raise funds for park improvements with the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation. The suggested donation is $10. For more info or to pre-register go to:

Check out the Four Mile Run Conservatory webpage at:

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.

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!!

Food Vendors
  • Bigg Rigg Farm (Hampshire County, WV) - Some fruits & vegetables come from as far away as Mexico and even China, With Bigg Riggs, you can be guaranteed that what you're eating is grown nearby in and hand pick high in the mountains. A fifth-generation family farm. 
  • 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. 
  • She Peppers (Alexandria) - Backyard gardeners who have turned the peppers and herbs that we grow into delicious and unique spice blends and hot sauces. She Peppers also sells a variety of spices, gourmet salts, as well as seeds and seedlings of the various types of peppers and herbs for patrons. They specialize in hard to find peppers such as Carolina Reapers, Scorpion peppers, Ghost peppers, Shishitos, Padron, Thai peppers, and Scotch Bonnets to name a few. 
  • Whole Health (Alexandria) - Organic teas, potpourris, and body scrubs from one of the largest Message and Acupuncture Therapy businesses in Northern Virginia. 
  • 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!! 
  • Captain Xans (Alexandria and Bristol Bay, AK) - Wild caught Alaskan salmon straight from the nets to your table from "the most sustainable fishery on earth!" Flash frozen and never thawed for firmness and taste 
  • Switch Doctor (Alexandria) - Their switchel is crafted from the traditional hay maker's recipe of ginger, apple cider vinegar and pure Vermont maple syrup. They add other natural ingredients like green tea, turmeric and fresh squeezed lemon juice! 
  • Tom's Amish Cheese Store (Lancaster, PA) - Artisan Cheese, yogurt and Pennsylvania honey. 
  • Just a Bite (Annandale, VA) - Offering delicious, bit-sized treats such as alfajores, cuñapés, marshmallow rice puffs and sugar cookies. 
  • 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. 
  • No. 1 Sons (Arlandria) - Produces wild cultured foods by hand in Alexandria. This brother and sister team live in Arlandria and do not heat treat or use preservatives. They make pickles, sauerkraut, dilly beans, kim chi, beets, hot sauce and more that is "Proudly Cloudy". 
  • Cookie Couture (Alexandria, VA) - Cookie Couture specializes in styling a variety of delicious gourmet cookie offerings. Their passion for creating delectable cookies to tempt your taste buds and satisfy your sweet tooth is at the heart of Cookie Couture. 
  • Dream of Goodies (Sterling, VA) - Once upon a time we had a dream of being able to eat goodies that are not only healthy for you but so yummy you almost couldn't believe it. All of our goodies contain sustainable, pasture-raised, non-GMO ingredients and we always strive to source local, organic ingredients whenever possible. We've dreamed up the very best tasting goodies for you to enjoy! 
  • Just a Bite (Annandale, VA) - Just A Bite likes to emphasize the humble snack, the one that speaks for itself upon first taste, knowing all too well that even then a nibble or two just won’t do. 
  • Role Tea (Springfield, VA ) - Good for you drinks don't have to taste bad. Every bottle of Role Tea includes 400mg of either turmeric or cinnamon extract to help you fight inflammation without compromising taste. With a better for you beverage that tastes THIS good, there really is no reason to drink regular teas, juices or soda.
  • Mechelle's Baking Company (Fredericksburg, VA) - A family-owned small business specializing in baking amazing, homemade pies with your sweetest indulgences in mind. Their delicious line of signature desserts includes sweet potato pie, apple pie, pecan pie, & blackberry pie to melt over. 
  • Dmitri Olive Oil (Baltimore, MD) - A family that grows and harvests their own unfiltered first cold press extra-virgin olive oil and prepares oils infused with garlic, lemon & chili, as well as 10 different marinades.
  • RICHbars (Alexandria, VA) - A local company that creates raw confections from natural, nutritional, flavorful, raw ingredients – rich ingredients. While energy, granola, protein, etc. bars and bites filling shelves of supermarkets do not surprise anyone, their goal is to skip packaging step. They want to have direct communication with customers without intermediaries, believing that raw bars, bites, balls and cakes are better and RICHer, when they are fresh.
  • Sweet Twist of Ecuador (Franconia, VA) - This husband and wife team opened their first store in 2012 in Ecuador as Dulce Placer Heladeria by Ana Garcia. They created more than 600 flavors and love to prepare rare and exotic combinations. Their main ingredients being love, care, and passion. 
Mechelle's Baking Company has a variety of pie!

And the talented Crafters:
  • Athena Styles (Alexandria, VA) - A trendsetting Online Fashion Designer Shop, offering first-rate products and exceptional customer service to shoppers from the comfort of their own homes; a business made up of innovators and forward-thinkers, with the drive and wherewithal to constantly update and improve. 
  • Raynes Natural Beauty, LLC (Alexandria, VA) - Founded in a Alexandria loft in 2016 , Raynes Natural Beauty is an organic beauty product firm focused on providing healthy skin care, candles plus bath and body products. Completely free of all harmful toxins, Raynes Natural Beauty is a healthy and pure line of nourishing personal care items made only with the highest quality ingredients. 100% natural and 100% cruelty-free, all products are completely, 100% free of artificial colors, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins. 
  • C&A Soy Candles (Alexandria, VA) - Specializes in all natural, hand poured soy woodwick candles. Custom orders welcome! 
  • Whitney's World in Kenya (Fairfax, VA) - Offering a collection of fair trade handmade woven baskets & jewelry from Kenyan families. Occasional Vendor. 
  • Nurture Designs (Alexandria) - Local jewelry artisan
  • Jimmy Potter's Studio & Workshop (Fairfax, VA) -  A locally owned ceramics studio, creating handmade and functional ceramics for everyday use.
  • Beyond Woodwork - Offers an amazing selection of collapsible baskets. Each item is beautifully and intricately hand carved.
  • Maxine's Mixes (Arlington, VA) - Soap & candles. 
  • Franklyn Woodcraft (Arlington, VA) - Franklyn Torres Santos has always had a love for trees and working with his hands. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, he worked for an eco-tour company and shared his passion for nature as a guide on waterfall jumping tours in the mountains. When not enjoying the great outdoors, he can frequently be found at TechShop crafting wood into beautiful useful pieces of art. Franklyn prefers to use locally harvested wood whenever possible. He sources much of it through Local Hardwood in Berryville, VA.
  • Michael Farnham (Alexandria, VA) - former naval officer with a life-long interest in photographer and an "appreciation for the undiscovered beauty that still exists in the world"
  • Stokes and Company (Lorton, VA) - Oils, T-shirts & Incense.
  • Ooh La Lucy (Springfield, VA) - Handmade fabric purses.
Come early to get the pickles
and see Number 1 Mom at Number 1 Sons!


More ways to support 4MRMarket:

The supercool 4MRMarket t-shirt
will soon be even cooler.
Stay tuned.
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 for more info.

FOLLOW. Keep up to date on all the goings on by following 4MRMarket on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+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. 

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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