The end of a season. Come out and give the market vendors a supportive, prosperous, heartfelt farewell to the 2017 regular season.


Schlafly Farmers Market
at the Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave in Maplewood, MO
Wednesday, October 25, 4pm-7pm

I find it unbelievable that I am already making plans for November and thinking about the holidays. The time passes quickly. We have had an extraordinarily long growing season this year. We have also had more than our fair share of Wednesday weather challenges at the Schlafly Farmers Market. The beginning of our season was hampered by the devastating rains and area flooding. It seems like every other week or so we had the contintued challenge of market day weather issues of winds and rain. A few scorchers too.  But only on Wednesdays!! The weekend markets seemed to get the beautiful and more moderate weather. Oh well. Nevertheless, in spite of Wednesday weather challenges  we made it through and overall had a beautiful market season. We lost a few of our regular vendors from past seasons and gained a few new ones. This was my first full season from the beginning stages of planning the market to the end and now in to the holiday and winter market months. I am a “seasoned” market manager and quite familiar with the organization of a farmers market. I am quite familiar with many vendors, producers and artisans, but be that as it may, there is always a learning curve and each market and community is unique. I have really enjoyed getting to know the Schlafly market community and the relationships that have been created.

I hope that I can entice all of you to come to the market today and enjoy one last “hurrah” before the evening winds down and the season ends. Please come out to enjoy and support the vendors that have worked so hard through all kinds of weather to thoughtfully and passionately produce such beautiful goods for us each week.

The vendor list today, thus far includes:
Farrar Out Farms– pastured meats, eggs and some produce (lots of broccoli and sweet potatoes today) -taking orders and deposits for turkeys
Papas Pastures– pasture raised pork cuts
Alpacas of Troy– pastured alpaca and pork cuts, hand spun and hand dyed fiber, fiber crafts
Ishaya Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Rosy Buck Farm– Dickinson pumpkins, sprouts, radish pods, spicy salad mix, edible flowers, tomatoes, basil, peppers, pak choy, greens, huckleberries
Eckenfels Farm– a variety of pastured meats and eggs
Buila Family– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Ivan’s Fig Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce and fig products
Ringhausen Orchards– a variety of apples, jams, cider
Three Rivers Community Farm– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Seed Geeks– a variety of local, raw honey, spun honey, nonGMO seeds and handmade soaps
The Tamale Man– fresh made and frozen tamales (pork, chicken, vegetarian and vegan), housemade sauces and non-dairy Mexican hot chocolate
Three Girls and a Tractor– a variety of local, seasonal produce
Grand Army Farm– A variety of pastured eggs including duck, chicken, quail, goose and turkey. Rabbit, quail, duck and chicken meat as well as a variety of angora fibers and fiber crafts
El Chico Bakery– a variety of fruit filled emapanadas, giant cookies and traditional Mexican pasteries
Vincini Pasta– a variety of handmade pasta’s,  pasta sauces and pastries
Blue Heron Orchard– fresh Pressed Cider and “poison-able” Certified Organic Apples. Apple Butter and Sauces for a favorite Apple Coffee Cake. Apple Jerk (Fruit Roll-up with “Sugar-Not!”) And Farmhouse Vinegars.
SudAmerica – Bakery-alfajores, fruit trenzas, cañoncitos, milhojas, and a variety of savory empanadas
Red Guitar– locally made, wood fired, artisan sourdough breads (Miche, Focaccia, Batards)

Enjoy live music and  complementary Schlafly beer samples. Thank you for supporting the market.

See you soon.
René

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