Visiting the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market
In Del Ray, we’re so lucky to have a bustling farmers market where we can find delicious fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy products and more every Saturday all year long. But the Del Ray market isn’t the only one in our neighborhood — have you stopped by the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market on Sundays? It’s like having a double dose of delicious — two markets, two days, what’s not to love?
The market isn’t nearly as large as the Del Ray Farmers Market, but you’ll find a nice variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meats from local farm-raised animals.
The line-up of vendors changes every week. This past weekend we were lucky enough to find the Furloughed Feds selling their homemade baked goods. The Furloughed Feds are Danielle Fidler and Nathalie Simon, local residents and colleagues at the EPA. You may remember Danielle from this 3-part series about her eco modern home renovation.
S’mores cupcakes, strawberry scones, coffee cake, rhubarb pie, oh my.
The market isn’t just about food, there’s live music too. As my son and I enjoyed our breakfast treats, we sat under the tents and listened to the music of local singer/songwriter Matt Tarka. A different musician or group performs each week from 10am-12pm, prime time to visit.
You’ll also find artisans selling their wares.
I left with two baskets from this booth, one now sits on my kitchen counter holding fruit and vegetables.
The market is conveniently located at the intersection of Mt Vernon Ave and the Four Mile Run bike trail, so it’s a popular and easy-to-access spot for bicyclists. (There’s also plenty of parking if you’re driving.)
The market, which opened in June 2010, is part of an overall plan to revitalize the Four Mile Run/Arlandria area. It’s also an excellent example of sustainable design. See this brick crescent in the middle of the plaza? It actually collects rainwater through the bricks, directing the water through an underground drainage system to a rain garden off to the side of the plaza.
New trees have been planted in the grassy area between the market and the bike path, and in the future, you’ll see raised beds on the plaza and picnic tables where those cars are parked. It’s all part of the Alexandria eco-city plan.
The market is open every Sunday from 8am until 1pm from April 14 until November in Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. For more info visit: http://www.4mrmarket.org/