Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Markethttp://www.4MRMarket.org
We're helping to fix a park, restore a stream and build community!! Each year 4MRMarket donates all funds raised by our volunteer efforts to the City of Alexandria to be used in Four Mile Run Park. But we give so much more in effort. The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market 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. 4MRMarket is part of an overall vision to expand and improve Four Mile Run park and the surrounding neighborhood. Over several years, a group of community volunteers has formed to perform various improvement projects in and around Four Mile Run Park, design for the Four Mile Run Park Expansion, renovations of the newly acquired former electrical substation that is now Commonwealth Park (3550 Commonwealth Avenue) and a large tree planting to complement the work of the Four Mile Run Restoration Plan and the new Four Mile Run Park Plan. Last fall, 3 dozen more trees were planted from funds raised by community donations. As described on the community blog, The Arlandrian (www.arlandria.org), among these projects was the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market. With an eye toward formalizing this group into a permanent non-profit "Friends of Four Mile Run Park" (formal name to be determined), the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisan Market has committed $1000 yearly raised from market operations for various park improvements. Additionally, 4MRMarket was the first farmers market in Northern Virginia to allow the use of SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) to be used and to provide incentives with partnerships from Inova Health Foundation and Wholesome Wave. As a 100% neighborhood volunteer run market, we are proud that the market 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. 4MRMarket is open every Sunday from 9am until 1pm from April 19th until November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria.