Home Grown: St. Louis Farmers Markets
Spring has arrived! Now is the perfect time to discover the colorful and diverse seasonal produce at one of the many St. Louis farmers markets. It’s local food that gives a face, a place and a taste to each of the city’s unique neighborhood. And it’s all delicious.
St. Louis’ oldest farmers market, founded in 1838, spans over two blocks of the Soulard neighborhood just south of downtown St. Louis and features fresh produce and products from more than 80 vendors. Beyond the fruits and vegetables you’d expect, you can find everything from purses, flowers and t-shirts to area rugs, pet supplies, Cardinals gear and so much more!
Where: 730 Carroll Street St. Louis, MO 63104
When: Soulard Market is open year round from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on Fridays, and 7:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturdays.
Tower Grove Park’s urban forest sets this farmers market apart from others. Kicking off its 10th season, it is going big with more than 50 vendors of local produce, delicious ready-to-eat food, artisan coffee and tea, flowers grown right in the city, and live music to keep you entertained while you shop and eat. Don’t miss their Local Food Challenge for the entire month of June, where they challenge you to eat as much local food as possible for 30 days.
Where: 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
When: Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, Mid-April through November
“Come for the farmers, stay for the fun!” That’s the slogan at Ferguson Farmers Market. And they mean it. This delicious thirteenth season, you’ll find super fresh fruits and vegetables (picked within 24 hours), homemade jelly, farm fresh eggs, organic meats, handmade gifts, chef demos, children’s events and live music all within a festive family atmosphere. Like the local vendors say, “If it’s homemade, handmade or fresh and tasty, you can buy it at the Ferguson Farmer’s Market!”
Where: 20 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, MO 63135
When: Saturdays 8:00 am – Noon, May through October
Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood hosts 30 farmers and local food vendors every Wednesday from April to October. You’ll find local produce, farm fresh eggs, herbs, organic meat, artisanal bread and fresh flowers all straight from the source. Enjoy live music on the patio and step inside for a beer while you shop. And be sure to check out the brewery’s blog, where you can stay up to date on everything Schlafly.
Where: Schlafly Bottleworks 7260 Southwest Ave., St. Louis, MO 63143
When: Wednesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm, April through October
Located in the heart of the vibrant and culturally diverse Cherokee Street historic district, the Cherokee Street Farmers Market is a unique neighborhood market that provides fresh, affordable produce along with art, crafts and other products. You’ll find everything from heirloom tomatoes and peppers to soap and jewelry. In an effort to make fresh, nutritious food affordable to all St. Louisans, the market offers a coupon program for free produce available to customers with limited income.
Where: 2647 Cherokee, St. Louis, MO 63118
When: Fridays from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Starting June 6th to October 17th
The mission of the North City Farmers Market is “to grow community health by offering affordable fresh produce, free health screenings, and healthy cooking demonstrations while encouraging community participation and being a stabilizing force in the neighborhood.” Around 20 vendors come out every Saturday to offer fresh produce, baked goods, local artwork, and live music to keep you entertained while you shop.
Where: 2700 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106 (Across from Crown Candy)
When: Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, June through October
The Kirkwood Farmers Market exudes the hometown charm that the area is known for. You’ll find local and broker-supplied produce along with meats and cheeses, plants and flowers, jams and ready-to-eat tasty treats. The warm weather market is open early April through September, and every fall the market hosts a pumpkin patch, along with the Harvest Market, which is a smaller version of the summer market selection. And every day during the winter you can enjoy the annual Christmas market.
Where: 150 E. Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, MO 63122
When: Weekdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sundays for some vendors. Early April through September
The Webster Groves Farmers Market offers local, freshly grown and prepared produce in a beautiful park setting. You’re likely to run into friends and neighbors filling their market baskets with delicious and nutritious seasonal fare from local vendors. Enjoy live music, chef demonstrations, children’s activities and the surrounding shops and businesses of Webster Groves as you spend a day gathering ingredients for healthy and appetizing meals.
Where: Gazebo Park, at the intersection of Big Bend and S. Old Orchard
When: Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm, May 7- Oct. 22
Guest Blogger Jackie Tucker, a freelance writer contributed to this blog.