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Green Gourmet: Farmers Markets

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:00 pm

It sure seems like the wait for our area’s farmers markets to reopen has been so much longer this year. At any rate, we’re getting closer, and that makes this columnist and market enthusiast all the happier! So as we count down these final weeks and days, mark your calendar with the opening dates and check out the latest at a market near you.

CLAYTON

North Central (between Maryland Avenue and Forsyth Boulevard)

Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Opening day: May 1

What's new: A new day of the week, new time, new location and some new vendors

Don't miss: Great music, amusing kids activities, and wonderful vendors like Silent Oaks Farm, Summer Breeze Farm and Might As Well Ranch

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 

Euclid Avenue and Parkview Place (on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine)

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Opening day: April 3 (outside)

What’s new: A vendor that sells predominantly Asian vegetables and another that specializes in oyster mushrooms

Don’t miss: The wonderful variety of dedicated vendors who attend the year-round market weekly

SCHLAFLY 

7260 Southwest Ave.

Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.

Opening day: April 2

What's new: Local chefs will stop by for monthly cooking demonstrations with beer pairings, and Frontwards Farm is starting Soil Shares CSA this year with several farms that will feature beef, pork, poultry, eggs, coffee, mushrooms and more.

Don't miss: Once-a-month cooking demonstrations and tours of the Gardenworks garden during the market

TOWER GROVE

4256 Magnolia Ave. (Tower Grove Park)

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

Opening day: April 12

What's new: Several new vendors and the market’s first ever MidSummer Festival (June 21)

Don't miss: Free yoga sessions (9 a.m.), and Harvest Sessions music series (10 a.m.-noon)

WEBSTER GROVES 

Gazebo Park (Big Bend Boulevard and South Old Orchard Avenue)

Thursdays, 3-6:30 p.m.

Opening day: May 8

What's new: More food demonstrations focusing on healthy foods and recipes, once-a-month Expand Your Palate food demonstrations focusing on unusual local foods, and monthly cooking classes for kids

Don't miss: The very popular POP Club (Power of Produce), which is designed to help kids to make healthy food choices while connecting them with the farmers who grow the food they eat

KIRKWOOD

150 E. Argonne Drive

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, hours vary by vendor

Opening day: April 4

What's new: Harvest Festival (Sept. 27), featuring the Dog Days Parade and the Apple Festival tastings, and The Thin Dimes will perform from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Also, new vendors at the market will include a co-op from the Missouri Rhine Valley Association

Don't miss: The Peach Festival (July 19) and Tunes at Ten—live music by local bands on select Saturdays, May through August (10 a.m.)

MIDTOWN

6655 Delmar Blvd. (rear parking lot)

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Opening day: May 3

What’s new: A revitalization of ‘The Historic Market in the Loop’

Don’t miss: Toe-tappin’ live music, fun kids activities, farm-fresh produce, local artisan foods and handcrafted goods for hearth and home

ELLISVILLE 

225 Kiefer Creek Road (Bluebird Park)

Thursdays, 4-7:30 p.m.

Opening day: May 22

What’s new: A new program for kids called POPS, which includes an educational craft lesson on healthy eating and living

Don’t miss: Family Movie Night and Food Drive (May 22), live music, and lots of classes, demonstrations and special programs

WILDWOOD

220 Plaza Drive (Wildwood Town Center)

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Opening day: May 24

What’s new: A Kids’ Market tent and cooking demonstrations

Don’t miss: Wildwood Founder’s Day (Aug. 23) and the BBQ Bash (Sept. 27-28) and Farmer Appreciation Days

FERGUSON

20 S. Florissant Road

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

Opening day: May 3

What's new: A new market manager has lined up some new events for the 2014 season, including the return of trolley rides to Earthdance Farms for a tour of a real, working, organic farm (May 10).

Don't miss: Wild Flower Farm Sheep Shearing (May 24), Fredbird’s Comes to the Market (June 28) and German Fest (Aug. 9)

ST. CHARLES LIONS CLUB

300 N. Riverside Drive (Foundry Art Centre)

Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon

Opening day: May 17

What's new: Several new produce vendors

Don't miss: The homemade jams and jellies by vendor Iola Parkus, and the market’s great selection of Calhoun County peaches, which should arrive in mid-June.

LAKE ST. LOUIS

20 Meadows Circle Drive (The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis)

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Opening day: April 5

What’s new: Many new vendors, and wine and micro brew-tasting and sales at the market

Don’t miss: The Bicycle Recycle event held in conjunction with the Lake St. Louis Police Department, book signings with local authors and food pantry benefit events

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