Saturday, January 27, 2018

Think Winter-Spring!

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

No need to wish it were Spring when is already sorta is!

You may not see all the tents that you're used to seeing, but inside that bright red building at 4109 Mt. Vernon Avenue the brand new 4MR Winter Market is on!

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Center will play host to most of the vendors you know and love from 4MRMarket, plus probably some new vendors in the next week or two.

4MRMarket has become the 4MR Winter Market until sometime in April. The winter market will be indoors at the 4MR Conservatory Center (basically the same place as usual just inside the big red building) and many of your favorite vendors will be staying on all winter! So remember to go inside and check it out!

Keep on the look-out for more details to come as we venture into this new undertaking.

We're welcoming Papa's Orchard from Ortanna, Pennsylvania and we're welcoming back Tom's Amish Cheese Shop! These stalwarts like to stay out in the cold

Indoors, be our wonderful assortment of vendors, like the Pretentious Gourmet, Savory 'n SweetSweet Twist of EcuadorCaptain Xan, & Switch Doctor Switchel. New crafters and food artisans may be joining us along the way.

Look for us inside the building.

We're proud of how 4MRMarket acts as a business incubator: creating opportunities for start-ups and entrepreneurs to experiment with new and exciting business models. We hear from new businesses all the time, looking to start at 4MRMarket and we're proud to provide a place for them to strive to reach their dreams. It's exciting to see. We hope folks continue to check them out and give them a chance. Feedback is invaluable.

This year we're incredibly excited to get to know Sweet Twist of Ecuador as they have continued to extend their offerings: ice cream, empanadas and now Central American coffee. Ana arrived this year from Ecuador where she has a much-acclaimed shop in Quito. For now, just a well-kept secret, don't wait to catch them as we're sure they'll soon become as popular as back home. Check out this video from Ecuadorian TV (one of many)!

And we're incredibly proud to announce that we've been awarded an Alexandria Beautification Award along with our non-profit partner, the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, for our combined ongoing efforts to contribute to park improvements. We capped that off this week by extending our tree planting efforts with the planting of Food Forest with the help of TD Bank & Tree Stewards volunteers and the Arbor Day Foundation for #TDTreeDays.

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. And we've been there through their ups & downs.

On 4MR Stage, ~10am - Noon

The 4MRMarket Stage will welcome artists in the 4MR Winter Market.

Introducing the one man, one guitar, rock n roll, funk n soul show... Griffin and The Flying V Griffin Oehser has been writing and performing music in DC, Maryland, and Virginia for fifteen years. After playing with various artists, bands, and singers, Griffin discovered what he could do with a loop pedal. Playing all the percussion, bass, licks, and harmonies with his guitar, The Flying V, Griffin has taken his one-man-show to various clubs and venues and now, as a full time busker, the streets of DC. In six months, his street performing career has become so successful that he was featured in Washingtonian Magazine's 2017 "Best Of" issue. Griffin has also worked with Shrine of the Silver Monkey, Marcus Mann, Payback Club, New Soul Republic, Rex Rex, produced and hosted “The Sound Line” on 96.7 WERA, and has an upcoming EP with Emma G. With lyrics to make you smile and groves to make you dance, Griffin and The Flying V bring the party where ever they put the pedal down!


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!

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

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

For the current list of revolving vendors this season at 4MRMarket, see our vendor page on our website: Meet our Vendors


More ways to support 4MRMarket:

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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