There’s no need to vegetate any longer this summer. A floundering economy and budget shortfalls have been no match for the ingenuity of a small group of residents and area business owners. The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, June 20. The market will be located at 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Sunday.
“This is the first farmers market opening based on the principals of the recently legislated Healthy Food Alexandria Initiative,” said Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka. “This is a wonderful initiative by the neighborhoods surrounding Four Mile Run. With little more than sweat, equity and a common goal, these folks are taking this gateway into Alexandria to a new level. I really hope folks will come down and join us.”
The market will feature the usual – vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses – and an added international flair, with tamales, saltenas and handmade crafts from local vendors. Curtis Blues, solo blues artist of the year and frequent street performer at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town, will perform on opening day.
“It’s muy bien,” said Alexandria resident Katherine Perez. “It’s a great way to bring the community together in a healthy way. We usually bike to Shirlington – now maybe folks there will head in our direction.”
The volunteers who planned the market hope to provide fresh, nutritious food to people of all income levels and an opportunity for local artisans and producers of goods to bring their wares to market. The market is part of an overall vision to expand and improve Four Mile Run Park and the surrounding neighborhood.
“With the Market mission statement settled upon, we hope the market will be a solidifying element within the community,” said Arlandria resident and a Market Manager Nick Partee. “We really hope our neighbors will come out to support the local vendors and the community.”
Other Market Managers are Travis Hester of Del Ray, whose backyard farming and community garden advocacy have already made a difference in Alexandria; Kevin Beekman of Arlandria, a long-time proponent of bringing improved quality of life to Arlandrians; and Warwick Village resident Glenn Christianson, who has years of experience helping manage the Del Ray Farmers Market.