Schlafly Farmers Market
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
market hours 4:00pm- 7:00pm
at the Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood MO
Market Sales, 4:00-7:00pm.
We have A LOT of produce today which means we need A LOT of customers.
This last week the community showed great support of vendors and businesses that were at a potential loss after the cancellation of the LouFest event. Let’s continue this support, generosity of commerce and local dollars being invested in local small business and producers by shopping and supporting the farmers market vendors on a regular basis. We can continue the rally and continue the focus on who and where our dollars are spent in our local community by shopping local, small artisan and family businesses. You will find many of these folks at farmers markets each week. Keep up the community spirit! I know many many business owners and producers can’t thank you enough.
Regarding recent comments from a couple of potential early shoppers. Just a couple. But it happens most weeks….
I am the liaison and the manager of the little market space, mediator for all of the vendors, for the customers and the property owner (Schlafly). I am the person that is responsible for keeping everything running smoothly, safely and professionally in that little space. In addition I gather as many quality, local, unique vendors as possible each week, 12 months of the year and organize the social media, the vendor maps and other logistics for the farmers market ( like assisting with permits for the health department.) I schedule the music too. I always try to answer questions, offer information and remain professional.
So let’s get back to the market hours and the market space….
First and foremost, liability and safety are at top of the list. It’s a small space and vendors are trying to set up and watch out for each other which can already be difficult. Watching out for pedestrians and having to stop their set up for potential early shoppers adds to the mix. We want to ensure ALL vendors have the allotted time and respect setting up and getting ready for the 4:00pm opening. Some vendors are allowed to arrive and set up at 2pm. Those vendors will usually be ready earlier. Other vendors are allowed to set up and arrive at 3pm. Those vendors NEED a clear and safe space up until the last minute to get ready. These are all factors and reasons why we prefer to not have customers walk through and try to shop early at the market.
If you want to and it works with your schedule, than please come a little early and relax on the Bottleworks patio for a bit, enjoy the inside retail space, have a beverage. Entering the market area 10 minutes before the hour to look around and perhaps get in line or wait is certainly appropriate. The market has been around for 14 years and we ALL really appreciate the continued patronage and support of the regular vendors, new vendors and all of the customers. The market hours and the market bell have been a tradition. I am not sure when or if they will change. Thank you for cooperation and understanding. Please email me or contact me anytime.
Live music by Gary Schoenberger on the patio from 4:00-7:00pm. Under the market tent, Ally the gardener will have information about the migration of the Monarch butterfly and a sample of ground cherries. John will have a market fresh food sample. And AJ will be happy to tell you about the Schlafly beer offering today and offer you a taste.
Carrots, lettuces, a variety of hot and sweet peppers, radishes, kohlrabi, watermelon, cantaloupe, fresh figs, native wild persimmons, heirloom tomatoes, Sungold and cherry tomatoes, Asian, Italian and Fairy Tale eggplants, pumpkins, a variety of apples, pears, plums, shallots, sprouts, autumn berries, okra, arugula and a more local seasonal produce surprises at the market.
Pastured eggs, artisan sourdough bread, fruit filled empanadas and cookies, locally produced cheese, locally made pita breads and traditional mid- Eastern dips, spreads and desserts, sweet and savory preserves, yogurt, pastured meats including brats, ground beef, roasts, steaks, chicken, bacon, chops, alpaca and goat meat. Alpaca fiber and fiber crafts, handmade wooden spoons and spatulas, handmade soap, raw honey, non GMO veggie, flower, herb seeds, custom knife sharpening and more handmade, homemade, homegrown artisan wares and food items will be found at the Schlafly Farmers Market today. The Tamale Man will be on hand offering fresh made and frozen tamales (chicken, pork and vegetarian) with a variety of sauces.
It’s a great day for the market. I hope to see you.
Thank you for your continued support.
Vendors today include, but not limited to
The Tamale Man
Alpacas of Troy
El Chico Bakery
Three Rivers Community Farm – new crops of carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, lettuces long with sweet peppers, watermelon and a variety of local, seasonal produce
Larder & Cupboard– award winning and unique house-made preserves, fruit crisps, house-made butter, Marcoot and Ludwig cheeses
Ivan’s Fig Farm- fresh figs, native persimmons, heirloom tomatoes, Sungold and red cherry tomatoes, Fairy Tale, Italian and Asian eggplant, arugula, Swiss chard, fig and pecan jam, Bulgarian yogurt
Buila Family Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Rosy Buck and Flower Hill Farm– ground cherries, sprouts, basil, okra, autumn berries, arugula, fennel flowers and fresh cut flowers
Ringhausen Orchard– a variety of apples, some peaches, plums, pears, fruit preserves and butters, apple cider
One Eye Blind Woodworks– handmade wooden spoons, spatulas and totes made from recycled feed bags
Seed Geeks– a variety of local, raw honey including spun honey in seasonal flavors, non GMO seeds for your yard and garden, handmade soaps and body care products
Cham Bakery– pita breads, dips, spreads and sweets
Farrar Out Farm– pastured eggs, a variety of meats including brats, bacon, chops, sausage, chicken as well as organically grown produce which includes okra, tomatoes, jalapenos – ALSO taking orders and deposits for holiday turkeys
Weidner Farm- local raw honey
Jansen Sharpening– custom knife sharpening on the spot or drop off and pick up (lawn and garden tools as well as hair shears can also be sharpened)
Red Guitar– artisan wood fired sourdough breads including Miche, Focaccia, Batards and Baguettes
Blue Heron (certified organic)– Jonathan and Gala apples, heirloom tomatoes, Poblano peppers and shallots
Forest and Meadow Apothecary– locally created tinctures, teas, herbal blends for your health and well being
Millers Organics– a variety of local, seasonal organically grown produce
Three Girls and a Tractor– a variety of locally grown seasonal produce. John will have pumpkins today and continues to harvest melons