Random streams of thought as I think about this last day of the 2016 Schlafly Farmers Market regular market season.
My husband George and I are just finishing our 7th year as farmers market managers. Although I am the “face and voice and personality” behind all of the market manager organizing; he has been there with me, each and every week. We have had the pleasure of meeting so many local producers, creating relationships, sharing meals, visiting farms, learning, tasting, seeing all things that are local, seasonal, homemade, home grown and handmade in our area. We have learned and have followed through by practicing in our own household how to support and thoroughly enjoy local, seasonal food all year round. We have been managing two different markets and both hold full time jobs these last seven years. We look at each other and wonder how we do it? And then we think (or at least I do!!) how could I not do this?!! It’s a passion. Caring about the local food community, the producers, the customers, the businesses and cities that host the markets, the communities; it’s all important to me.
Being the new Schlafly Farmers Market manager has been a pleasure. The job was unexpected. It all came together so quickly, just weeks before the regular season was about to begin. It can be challenging to step in to a new position with a long standing reputation and just go with it. The vendors, the Schlafly management, the volunteers and the community have all made it a pleasure. I am looking forward to the upcoming holiday and winter markets and planning on some new “spins” for the 2017 season.
I will continue blogging and sending out some off season newsletters and keeping up with the holiday and winter market reports.
Meanwhile, I cannot accurately predict what vendors will be at the market today. I have been receiving emails, text, calls as of a couple of minutes ago….
In spite of not knowing who will be at the market today, I urge you to come out and support the vendors that do prepare and pack and drive and set up. The amount of work that it takes to come to market each week is incredible because of the prep, packing and driving. No matter what the weather, temperatures or the predictions many of our vendors are there for you each and every week. Today is one of those days. Please stop in and pick up some goodies.
As a reminder, the holiday market dates are set. Saturday November 19th, Saturday December 3rd and December 17th. The hours will be 8am-1pm. We will have market vendors in the Crown Room as well as our heated patio area. Look for local artisans, locally branded food items, cheeses, baked goods, meats, produce and more.
Market begins at 4pm and we request that no purchases are made until the bell rings. The vendors roll in to set up in shifts. Some arrive up to one hour earlier than others and they all need and appreciate the uninterrupted time given to get their space ready for you. We appreciate your cooperation.
Please take the opportunity to come visit the market and support the vendors.
Join us at the Market, 4pm-7pm.
Enjoy live music, complimentary Schlafly beer samples and a great line-up of vendors.
Market Vendors for October 26th may or may not include the following-
Alpacas of Troy– alpaca meat, yarn and alpaca fiber items
Baetje– locally made, artisanal, award winning goat cheeses
Bee Simple– a variety of locally produced microgreens and sprouts
Biver Farms– a variety of local, seasonal, certified organic produce
Buila Family Farm-a variety of local, seasonal produce
Eckenfels Family Farm– locally raised, pastured beef and pork cuts, farm fresh eggs
El Chico Bakery– fruit filled emapanadas and cookies
Farrar Out Farm– locally raised, pastured beef, pork and lamb cuts and organically raised produce –taking orders and deposits for holiday turkey
Flower Hill and Rosy Buck- a variety of local, seasonal produce, foraged edibles, fresh cut flowers and pastured eggs
Ivan-a variety of local, seasonal produce, including fresh figs
iScream– a variety of locally created cake and ice cream treats (dog treats too)
Lifepack– a variety of locally roasted, fair trade, organic coffee beans .Visit their blog https://lifepackcoffee.wordpress.com/
Ludwig Farms Creamery– a variety of artisanal cows milk cheeses
Ozark Forest Mushrooms-a variety of locally cultivated mushrooms, some wild foraged edibles, unique mushroom products
Red Guitar– a variety of locally made, artisal breads including Miche and Foccacia
Ringhausen Orchards– Locally grown, seasonal apples and fresh pressed apple cider
Seed Geeks-a large variety of non GMO seeds, handmade soaps and a unique variety of local, raw honey “goodness” including spun honey. Try the CINNAMON flavor!
The Tamale Man– a variety of fresh made tamales, sauces and agua fresca
Three Girls and a Tractor– a variety of local, seasonal produce including a great variety of pumpkins, ornamental gourds, some melons, tomatoes, squash, eggplant and peppers
Three Rivers Community Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Weidner Farms– locally produced raw honey
Non Food Vendors this week
Roaming Soul Apothecary
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.
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