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It’s harvest season in St. Louis, and, if you’re like me, you’ll want to take advantage of all the fresh produce while it’s available. Luckily, the St. Louis area is a mecca for farmers and artisans selling their homegrown and homemade goods. There are so many in this area that it can be hard to choose which ones to check out. With many markets ending for the season in the next couple of months, here are a few you’ll want to catch while you can:
Where: Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, MO
When: Saturdays, April 14th - November 10th; 8:00AM - 12:30PM
This popular market draws thousands of shoppers each week to the beautiful Tower Grove Park. Expect over 70 different vendors of farm-fresh produce as well as local artisans. An added bonus — they have live music and free yoga and QiGong. These markets continue through November 10th, and they make a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
Where: Parking lot of Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, MO
When: Wednesdays, April through October 31st; 4:00PM-7:00PM
A farmer’s market at a brewery? Why not. This market happens Wednesday evenings through the rest of this month and boasts over 30 farmers and food purveyors each week. From fresh eggs to local beef and artisanal bread loaves, this mid-week market makes it easy to fill your basket with local food. Of course, you can also grab a fresh brew inside while you’re there and sample even more local flavor. They also have live music playing from the Bottleworks patio from 5-7PM on market days. They often host monthly winter markets as well, so check their website for up-to-date details.
Where: “Historic Market in the Loop”, Rear Lot, 6655 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO
When: Saturdays, April 28th - November 12th; 9:00AM - 1:00PM
If you’re close to the University City area, check out this market along the Delmar Loop. Every Saturday morning through November 12th, Missouri and Illinois farmers and friends gather to share fresh local food. Depending on the weekly variety of vendors, you’ll find everything from Missouri rainbow trout and baked goods to fine art. They also host events like their weekly Market Music Series and children’s activities like their Zucchini Car Races and Children’s Cooking Tour.
Where: Victorian Plaza, 20 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, MO
When: Saturdays, May through October, 8:00AM-12:00PM
This award-winning market happens each Saturday in the Ferguson Citywalk district and brings regional farmers with fresh-picked produce and makers of other kinds. The selection is ever-changing, but some highlights include fresh cut flowers, bedding plants, and small-batch soaps. Their live music and bands make it a festive and family-friendly atmosphere. After October, they also host a monthly Winter Market on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9AM - 12PM at the St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
Where: 720 Carroll St., St. Louis, MO
When: Year-round Wednesday-Thursdays: 8:00AM - 5:00PM; Fridays 7:00AM - 5:00PM; Saturdays, 7:00AM - 5:30PM
This is the area’s oldest farmers market, dating back to 1779. It’s a large indoor market with over 80 vendors selling local meats, seafood, vegetables, and more. The building also houses different eateries, so you can stop for lunch while you shop. Catch them year-round, Wednesday through Saturday.
Many people today appreciate not only knowing where their food comes from, but also supporting their local farms and community. Farmers markets make all of this a lot easier, and luckily, St. Louis has plenty to choose from. If you’re ready to fully enjoy the flavors and colors of the harvest season, mark a couple of these markets on your calendar. Do you have a favorite farmers market in St. Louis? Share yours with us.