The newly organized Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisan’s Market in Alexandria is off and running. We were out of town for the grand opening and home buyers kept us busy last week so today was our first look at this welcome addition to the community.
More precisely located in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria, the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisan’s Market is a huge step forward for a community that has, at times, struggled with identity and a sense of place.
The Market though is a perfect example of how a community can start to “think big” with active citizen involvement. Combine that with the anticipated development of Potomac Yard and Four Mile Run Park and the possibilities are endless.
But back to the market! Personally we’re thrilled to have a Sunday market, especially since rain kept us away from the Del Ray market on Saturday. The Arlandria Market is also open until 1:00pm, taking advantage of the after church crowd.
Right away we ran into Kevin Beekman and Melissa Garcia, two of the organizers of the market. Melissa and Kevin made a point of welcoming everyone who stepped through the gates – a nice touch for newcomers – especially if you’re not familiar with the area. Need directions? Click here.
These beautiful tomatoes from Pleitez Produce caught our eye first thing and I am happy to say that they taste as good as they look. The purple heirlooms just pop with flavor.
Jill, a Del Ray resident who stopped in after a visit to the gym, was checking out cranberry beans (also from Pleitez), not something you see a lot of in this area.
In the meantime I was following a lead from Kevin and talking to a vendor who had just joined the market – MT’s Pastries.
Her specialty? BROWNIES. Not just BROWNIES, but the best BROWNIES ever.
You want to know more don’t you?
Well, you’ll have to come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you all about what makes MT’s Pastries a winner at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisan’s Market in Alexandria.