•  When asked about The Farmers Market of Wildwood, market manager MIKE RUSSELL said, “I couldn’t be happier with the group of farmers I’ve got coming.” The first season of the market begins May 9 on Plaza Drive in Wildwood’s Town Center Square. There will be 25 to 30 booths, a large number for a brand new market. Among the participating farms are Sunny Creek and Back to Nature. Later in the season there will be single growers of tomatoes and peaches bringing their bounty. Russell said all the produce offered is homegrown, and the baked goods are delicious. The Farmers Market of Wildwood will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday until Oct. 31.

•  Update on the rooftop…the bartenders may get the mint for their mojitos from the planters flanking Portabella, but chef/owner THOM ZOOG has upped his growing capacity considerably with a rooftop vegetable and herb garden. He built the raised bed out of milk crates, screws, tarps and lumber. Then he came up with his own recipe of compost, dirt, sand and ‘secret ingredients’ because he didn’t want to use commercial potting soil. The rows of basil and tomato plants are already growing nicely.

•  With the grand opening of Max & Erma’s May 11, The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis has doubled its food vendors. Partners STEVE WELKENER and ED GOERGEN are excited to launch their third location for the family friendly restaurant. The first opened in 2000 downtown in the Drury Hotel at The Arch; in 2002 they opened in the Mid Rivers Mall in Des Peres. The unique shopping experience at The Meadows, they said, was the draw for the partners to go for a third. The 175-seat restaurant has an updated decor, and the 60-seat patio will be a great place to enjoy creations made at the signature Build-Your-Own Sundae Bar.

•  ANDREW FREUNDLICH, mastermind of Poptions!, the custom popcorn business in Ladue, recently debuted a Best of St. Louis keepsake tin filled with, get this, T-Rav (toasted ravioli) flavored popcorn and Gooey Butter flavored popcorn. What will he think of next!

•  For anyone who has imagined themselves a restaurant critic, Zagat.com wants you to log on and tell them what you savvy diners think of St. Louis restaurants. New this year is the Zagat.mobi, an Iphone app for filling out the survey. Responses will be accepted until May 25, so there’s plenty of time for a few more meals before the survey window closes.

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