More rain at market time tomorrow? Maybe? I have been in communication with the vendors for the past few days talking about the weather, their crops, market set up and customer support on rainy, stormy days. Many of the vendors have to come, need to come. Growing and producing food and selling it is their sustenance. I would encourage you to come out and shop; even a run through, dodge raindrops, bring an umbrella…..the produce, meats and cheeses, breads and baked goods have been AMAZING!
The Spring produce has been beautiful and very tasty. The rain does make everything tastes sweeter and better. The variety of lettuces, chards and kales of all sizes and colors, radishes, asparagus, broccoli, strawberries, sprouts and microgreens, flowers to look at and flowers to eat, farm fresh eggs, garden plant starts, herbs and more local, seasonal produce and farm fresh veggies. The care given to the gardens, fields and the soil, choice of seeds and plants, composting, pest and weed control and other details that our market producers carefully follow are really showcased in the beautiful, delicious fare they bring to market. Visit the Buila’s, Three Rivers, Riverbend Roots, Ivan, Bee Simple, Biver and Flower Hill early in the season. Look for other produce vendors as the season progresses in the coming weeks.
The folks that humanely and ethically raise the animals for the meats and the cheeses at the market need a huge amount of support for all of their efforts. Knowing the farmer and creating a relationship with the folks that raise your food is so important. It’s important in every aspect of our food circle, but the meat and dairy industry really seems a priority. From land use and pastures, grazing methods, medications, birthing methods, stall usage, butchering or dairy and cheese production; there are so many details that are so important to healthy animals and healthy, great tasting, nutritious food. Purchase a variety of meats at the market each week. Quality cuts of pork, beef, chicken, lamb and alpaca are available from the Eckenfels, Farrar Out Farms, Windy Lake and Alpacas of Troy. Enjoy a sample of locally created, award winning goat cheese (sheep’s milk too) at the Baetje Farms tent. Don’t miss the assortment of cow’s milk cheeses from Ludwig Farms Creamery.
In addition, we have a unique variety of speciality vendors that are with us from week to week. Seed Geeks, Sucrose, El Chico Bakery, Red Guitar, Ozark Forest Mushrooms, Tamale Man, iScream, Patty’s Cheesecakes, Exquisitely Angora/Grand Army Farm and this week Roaming Soul Apothecary and The Sarcastic Nutritionist.
We will try to keep you updated and posted on who will be at the market from week to week. Please stop by each Wednesday, rain or shine, be surprised, enjoy the variety of what’s in season at any given time, create relationships with the folks that grow your food.
Don’t forget to thank Schlafly Bottleworks for sharing the space and supporting the market, local small businesses and family farms. Enjoy a complimentary Schlafly beer sample and live music each week.