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November 3, 2014 Published in Other News

Four Mile Run Farmers And Artisans Market Ranked In Top 100 Most Celebrated In The Country

(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

After more than three months, American Farmland Trust’s 2014 I Love My Farmers Market Celebration came to a close and Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market ranked number 79 in the Top 100 Most Celebrated in the Country – with 13 pledges collected. 4MRMarket also came in 3rd among Virginia Farmers Market, just behind those in Williamsburg and Manassas.

Each week the I Love My Farmers Market Celebration encouraged shoppers to champion local family farmers by pledging to shop at their farmers markets each week. Nationally, shoppers pledged to spend $443,608.62 at farmers’ markets this season, putting funds directly into the pockets of family farmers.

“Farmers and ranchers are the cornerstone of our country. Yet their lands are under constant threat from development and unchecked urbanization,” said Susan Sink, Vice President of Development and External Relations. “This is why we created the I Love My Farmers Market Celebration — to showcase the importance of farmers markets in keeping family farmers on their land. Pledging to shop at your local farmers market shows your support for the farmers and ranchers who support you.”

4MRMarket was founded to support the revitalization and expansion of Four Mile Run Park and to provide a local source of quality produce, meat, baked goods, prepared foods, artisan products and crafts to people in Alexandria, Arlington and beyond. The market has worked with various community partners to create a venue that is inviting, clean, and a resource for the diverse neighborhood of Arlandria.

As the first market in Northern Virginia to accept SNAP/EBT sales, market management has continued to secure double dollar incentives in conjunction with INOVA Health Foundation and the Alexandria Health Department to bring healthy food to people of all income levels. The market also accepts credit card sales using a token system, so customers can always use the "market ATM" when necessary.  SNAP/EBT and credit card sales account for several thousands of dollars in sales during the season. As a 100% neighborhood volunteer run market, 4MRMarket is 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.

I Love My Farmers Market Celebration is part of American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® Campaign – an effort to highlight the abundance of fresh, healthy, and local food produced by America’s farms and ranches and to recognize that we must do more to save America’s rapidly disappearing family farms.

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