I will begin the market report this week with a reminder that the market hours are 4pm-7pm. We ask that no sales take place until the bell rings at 4pm. Thank you for your cooperation.
Last week’s storm wrecked havoc on the market area.
The wind and rain blew through the Schlafly Farmers Market like a “Banchee” just before 4pm. Most vendors were set up, some were just setting up and some decided to hold off.
Although we could see the storm clouds and we were watching radar, it really did come in fast and furious.
Some tents crumpled and buckled in quickly and a few held strong. Even with tent weights and the support of tents being “tethered” together, we were all clinging on to the side poles to keep the tents from blowing.
I am sure many vendors had a lot of financial loss last week. No one was physically hurt.
I found some dry t-shirts back in the Bottleworks storage area to give to vendors that had been soaked. We had an extra tent for a vendor that had her crumple.
Yes, we always have market. Rain or shine. The produce grows, needs to be harvested and sold, no matter what the weather. This is the second time in 7 years as a market manager that I have stood with vendors under breaking tents with tsunami like winds and rain, getting soaked to the bone. It makes me sad to see the losses. It is exhausting. It’s my job. We weather it together.
Tonight as I write this, it is storming outside. I cannot predict what the weather will be like tomorrow.
Please take the opportunity to come visit the market and support the vendors. The seasonal summer produce is stunning and so delicious.
Thank you for your continued support.
We will continue to host the University of Missouri Extension Nutrition department. They will be visiting with us throughout the market season sharing information about local, seasonal, food, healthy and nutritious food options, recipes and more. Visit the site Family Nutrition Education Program
Alpacas of Troy– alpaca meat, yarn and alpaca fiber items
Baetje Cheese- Award Winning, Artisan Goat Cheese
Bee Simple– a unique variety of locally grown sprouts and micro-greens
Biver Farms- a variety of local, seasonal, certified organic produce
Buila Family Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Ivan– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Eckenfels Family Farm– locally raised, pastured beef and pork cuts, farm fresh eggs
El Chico Bakery– fruit filled empanadas and cookies
Farrar Out Farm– locally raised, pastured beef, pork and lamb cuts and organically raised produce
Flower Hill and Rosy Buck Farms– salad mix, sprouts, eggs, edible flowers, bouquets
iScream– a unique variety of locally made ice cream treats including vegan and gluten free
Ludwig Farms Creamery– a variety of cows milk cheeses
Maplewood Richmond Heights School– locally grown seasonal produce as well as seeds and cut flowers, plants
Ozark Forest Mushrooms– a variety of unique locally cultivated mushrooms, dried mushrooms and other related delicicies
Red Guitar– a variety of locally crafted artisan breads
Ringhausen Orchards– summer apples, Red Haven peaches, blackberries and plums
Riverbend Roots Farm-a variety of local, seasonal produce
Seed Geeks– a large variety of non GMO seeds, handmade soaps and a unique variety of local, raw honey “goodness” including spun honey
Sucrose– a variety of locally made, artisan baked goods, pastries, breads
The Tamale Man– a variety of fresh made tamales, sauces and agua fresca
Thierbach Orchards– locally grown Red Haven peaches, white “donut” peaches, red plums (maybe nectarines)
Three Girls and a Tractor– a variety of local, seasonal produce including sweet corn and locally grown, sweet Missouri pecans
Three Rivers Community Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Two Men and a Garden– a variety of locally made salsas and pickles
Urban Sprouts– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Non Food Vendors this week
LifePack– locally roasted, fair trade coffee beans from Colombia and handmade beaded jewelry
Essential Spa Solutions-homemade soap, salt scrubs, a variety of body care products as well as pet shampoo
Please visit the website, check out the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram market pages. Please “Like”, “Share”, “Retweet” and whatever else you do to make the market shine on social media
Thank you for your support.
See you at the Market,
René Sackett, Market Manager