By James Cullum
On Sunday morning, Alexandria welcomed the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market. The market, which is located at 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Sunday.
There were eight vendors with the usual – vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses – and also Latino fare, including tamales, saltenas and empanadas. Local solo blues artist Curtis Blues performed.
“The customers were wonderful. What a pleasant community. Everybody’s glad to see us. It was like a party held just for us and they tried to buy from each vendor so everyone would get a share. I have no doubt that this market will be a success because of the people who live in the area, ” said Eileen Shlagel, who sells a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Farmers markets are a thrifty alternative for the shopper who prefers fresh produce. Shlagel sells three cucumbers for $1 and a watermelon for about $5.
Marcela’s Bakery, 3856 Mount Vernon Avenue, sold food at the market. “It was a very good day,” said Aby Albarado. “I sold 60 empanadas.”
The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market is part of an effort to expand and improve Four Mile Run Park and the surrounding neighborhood. The market is located at the entrance to Four Mile Run Park – perfect for walkers and bikers traveling the Four Mile Run Trail that connects to Crystal City, DC, Shirlington and the Mount Vernon Trail. The market is managed by the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market Management Team, in cooperation with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.
Nick Partee helped organize the market. “We had lots of people early. Then, through 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. it stayed busy. And then the heat of the day kept people away,” he said. “We need more cooling options like drinks for the market next week. The Dairy Godmother is going to sell popsicles and St. Elmo’s will sell tea and iced coffee.”