Most local farmers markets opened in April or May and I couldn’t be happier about this. I’ve been a CSA member in the past, but prefer to get out and see all the produce and goods together for culinary inspiration. Bumping into friends is an added bonus. I’ve only been to about half of the markets in this 2016 quick guide, but my goal for the summer is to visit all of them. Hope to see you at the market!
ST. LOUIS CITY
Tower Grove Farmers Market
Tower Grove Park, west of the pool pavilion, 314-772-3899, tgmarket.org
When Saturdays from Mid-April through November, 8 a.m. – noon
Details 50+ vendors selling locally grown produce, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, fresh pasta, coffee, crafts and more. Live music and free yoga classes weekly.
North City Farmers Market
Crown Square, North 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue, 314-241-5031, northcityfarmersmarket.blogspot.com
When Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., June – Oct
Details Approximately 20 vendors selling produce from the 13th Street Community Garden and other local growers, baked goods, coffee and hand-made items. Music and demonstrations.
SOULARD FARMERS MARKET
730 Carroll Street (at Seventh Street), 314-622-4180, soulardmarket.com
When Wednesday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Details The area’s oldest farmers market and open year round. Local and broker-supplied produce; butcher, sausage and seafood stands; baked goods; plants and flowers; and a spice and specialty shop.
4260 Manchester Avenue in The Grove neighborhood, 314-833-3811, http://www.midtowncitygreens.org/
When Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Details While not an outdoor market, City Greens offers some of the freshest produce in the area from its small storefront on Manchester in the Grove. All produce is purchased wholesale from local farmers and sold at cost by volunteers. Overhead costs are covered by donations and sliding-scale membership fees (free for families with a household income below $30,000 a year). It is a great resource for a neighborhood with few fresh grocery and produce options nearby.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY
midtown farmers market
6655 Delmar Boulevard (rear lot) in the University City Loop
When Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m May – November
Details The Saturday morning market offers the typical farmers market fare along with music and the artsy, eclectic atmosphere for which University City is known. Products sold include produce direct from Midwest Farms, goat cheese, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, Missouri rainbow trout, pork products, maple syrup & honey, baked goods, nuts, coffee, tea, specialty artisan foods, soaps & body care and fine arts & crafts. Live music and kids activities.
KIRKWOOD FARMERS MARKET
150 East Argonne Drive, 314-822-0084, kirkwoodjunction.com
When April 1 – September 22 / Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays-Summit Produce from 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Details Local and broker-supplied produce (highest number of local farmers on Saturday mornings), poultry, meat, cheese, plants, flowers, jams and other retail goods. About a dozen bakers and prepared-food vendors. Peach Festival, July 16 and live music most Saturdays.
MAPLEWOOD FARMERS MARKET
7260 Southwest Avenue (Schlafly Bottleworks parking lot), 314-241-2337, schlaflyfarmersmarket.com
When Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. April – October
Details 20-35 vendors selling local produce and local meat, eggs, cheese, honey and baked goods. Live music in Schlafly’s outdoor beer garden.
WEBSTER GROVES FARMERS MARKET
South Old Orchard Avenue near Big Bend Boulevard, 314-963-5696 ext. 888, webstergrovesfarmersmarket.com
When Thursdays 3-7 p.m., May 5-Oct. 27
Details 20 – 25 vendors from Missouri and Illinois selling local produce and cheese, bread, honey, nuts, plants, herbs, pastas, condiments and more. Live music, chefs’ demonstrations and children’s activities weekly.
FERGUSON FARMERS MARKET
Ferguson Citywalk, 20 South Florissant Road (downtown Ferguson), 314-324-4298, fergusonfarmersmarket.com
When Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, May – October
Details Award winning growers-only market, which means all vendors actually grow or produce the products they’re selling. 45+vendors from all over the bi-state area, including farmers, specialty food producers, plant growers, and local artisans sell local produce, farm-fresh eggs, bread and pastries, pasta, organic meats, nuts, honey, flowers and plants, plus a wide variety of artwork and crafts. Prepared-food vendors serve breakfast and lunch. Special events include cooking demonstrations, food contests, farmer sample-fests and live music.