Saturday, September 27
You can help us reach our goal!
The end of the season is now just nine weeks away and we still have $13,000 to raise to reach our fundraising goal of $18,000 for the year. If you enjoy the market, please consider a donation to support these benefits to the St Louis community:
This year, 130,000 shoppers will come to the market and buy healthy and sustainably produced food. They will connect with their neighbors, their farmers, and bring their children to enjoy the park and learn about where their food comes from.
Farmers and food entrepreneurs will make close to $1,500,000 in sales at the market and much more through the business connections they make at the market.
We help launch successful St Louis businesses, including Salume Beddu, Traveling Tea, Whisk Bakeshop, Southwest Diner, Kakao Chocolate, Four Season’s Baked Goods, and One World Ice Cream (new this season). Through increased sales at our market, we have made it possible for many of our vendors to do what they love full time.
We bring in dozens of non-profit organizations each season that disseminate information and help our shoppers live greener lives, adopt abandoned pets, and increase awareness of important issues.
We help grow neighborhoods. New Tower Grove residents include the farmers’ market in their decision to move to the neighborhood and area business owners cite the market as a key reason they open in the area.
Up to 300 students attend our free yoga class each week and we bring in great music each week with the help of KDHX.
Click here to donate now.
What do we use the money for?
Our main expenses are rent, staffing, and supplies (printing, tents, tables, computer hardware, etc…).
Our $18,000 goal represents about 33% of our total annual budget, the remainder of the budget is made up of vendor fees.
What else can you do besides donating?
Purchasing merchandise (t-shirts, tote bags, hats, mugs) helps us meet our budget. Stop by our booth on Saturdays to see what we have.
Is your place of work interested in sponsoring the farmers' market? Let us know, we are looking for 2015 sponsors now.
Share this email with your friends and neighbors who shop at the market.
How to donate?
You can use our online donation system by going to: http://www.tgmarket.org/friends.php
Use this form and mail in a donation to:
Tower Grove Farmers' Market
PO Box 220137
St Louis, MO 63122
Thank you for considering a donation to the farmers' market. We are an important asset to the Tower Grove neighborhood and the city of St Louis and your help keeps us going! And, don't forget, we are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax-deductible!
See you at the market,
Patrick Horine & Jenny Ryan
Don't Forget the Extended Market this Year!
When the cooler weather comes, we start getting questions about when the last market is. Just like last season, we have extended the market to run through the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 22). You still have over two months to enjoy the market and we hope you will come out and enjoy the amazing produce that is available in the fall!
Every Weekend is a Fall Festival at TGFM
Between now and the end of October it seems there is a festival or two (or more) every weekend. There is a lot to do in St Louis in the autumn and it's one of the best times to live in this region. While you're out enjoying all the options, don't forget how wonderful the farmers' market is in the fall. You can get all of your autumn favorites including colorful mums, pumpkins, gourds, and decorative corn with the added benefit of having them been grown right here in the St Louis region. Also, the variety of produce that is available between now and Thanksgiving at the market is the best of any other time of year: fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers alongside winter and summer squash, apples, pears, plums, and the re-emergence of tender greens like lettuces, spinach, and arugula, and a second crop of cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
So, keep coming to see us and enjoy a fall festival every weekend at the market!
New Vendor at the Market
Please welcome Barnside Nursery to the market:
Barnside Nursery specializes in mums - it's that time of year and we will have plenty to choose from on Saturday. They are sustainably grown in Red Bud, Illinois.
Here are the vendors for our September 27 Market
For a full list of our 2014 vendors, check out this page.
Black Bear Bakery
Buila Family Farm
Companion Baking Company
Crown Valley Organics
Doggie Wanna Cookie
Double Star Farms
Hanley Fold Farm
Hot Skillet Farms
Ivan's Fig Farm
Joe Ringhausen Orchards
Kuva Coffee Company
Live Springs Farm
Lulu's Local Eatery
Marcoot Jersey Creamery
Might As Well Ranch
Mr. B's Salsa
My Coconut Kitchen
One World Ice Cream
Ozark Forest Mushrooms
Red Fox Baking
Silent Oaks Farm
Three Rivers Community Farm
Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop
Windy Lake Farm
Rainbow's End Bead Arts
Nonprofits at the Market
2014 Fundraising Campaign – Become a Friend of the Farmers’ Market today!
Our goal for this season: $18,000. Make your donation online here: http://www.tgmarket.org/friends.php
Dear Tower Grove Farmers' Market Shoppers and Supporters,
The 2014 market season, our 9th season, is off to a great start! This year we have increased the number of vendors and variety of products, added some exciting new ready-to-eat food vendors, and seen record visitor attendance at our first markets. We have also extended the market season, adding six additional market dates to the calendar and we have taken over management of the winter market. The extra market dates provide an outlet for our farmers and vendors to sell their products and the move of the winter market into the City Garden Montessori School has boosted attendance and vendor counts.
What’s new in 2014?
Most importantly, starting this season we now accept EBT/SNAP at the market! It functions much like our ATM at the market booth, shoppers with an EBT card can withdraw tokens to use at the farmers’ market vendors’ booths. We hope this new service will help increase the accessibility of fresh and healthy food for St. Louis.
Speaking of our ATM service, it has become so popular that it requires a dedicated staff member and we are projecting it will add $50,000 in sales for our farmers and vendors this season!
We have some exciting new vendors this season. We are happy to welcome Red Fox Baking, The Kart (by Kitchen Kulture), Juice Masters, Crown Valley Farms, Urban Buds, and many other occasional and full-time vendors! The variety at the market continues to flourish!
Why should you support the farmers’ market?
The market is a weekly source of fresh and healthy food for thousands of people. Our new EBT program will help increase the availability of nutritious food for many area residents.
The market has been and continues to be a neighborhood stabilizing force. There are many great neighborhood assets in the Tower Grove area, and the market is an important one. It has helped draw new residents to the neighborhood and increased home values.
The market helps build community. Over 4,000 people a week shop at the market and most shoppers do more than just buy food. They gather with friends and family and neighbors, listen to music, participate in yoga, connect with each other, and foster a stronger community.
The market connects shoppers with causes and non-profit organizations. Area schools such as the Soulard School, City Garden Montessori School, Forest Park Montessori, and Shining Rivers School, have increased their exposure by attending the market. Local and national environmental non-profits have spread their information at the market and many cats and dogs have found new homes through pet adoption days at the market. Successful blood drives, health awareness classes, and nutritional cooking demonstrations are all hosted at the market each season.
The market builds businesses. The list of companies that have started at the farmers’ market includes Kakao Chocolate, Salume Beddu, Southwest Diner, Whisk Bakeshop, and Traveling Tea. Many other farmers and vendors have seen their businesses improve when they start selling at the farmers’ market.
It takes a lot of work to make the market successful. We have two year-round, part-time managers and two seasonal, part-time booth managers. Our expenses include wages, rent, insurance, and equipment. We rely on donations for roughly 1/3 of our expenses.
How Can You Help?
You can donate through our website at http://www.tgmarket.org/friends.php, at our booth on Saturdays, or by mailing your contribution to us at:
Tower Grove Farmers' Market
PO Box 220137
St Louis, MO 63122
We look forward to seeing you at the market soon. Thank you for your support and for helping make the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market such a great Saturday destination!
Patrick Horine & Jenny Ryan, co-founders, Tower Grove Farmers' Market
Thank You, 2014 Sponsors!
Thank you to this year's sponsors, Rebecca Brooks, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Gundaker, Bamboo Studio St Louis, and Kuva Coffee. And thank you to our community partners Tower Grove Park, KDHX Community Media, and the South City YMCA.
What's better than a summer farmers' market? A summer farmers' market with a summer soundtrack. Join 88.1 KDHX and the Tower Grove Farmers' Market for a season of great local music, bountiful local produce and community fun.
This free Saturday morning concert series takes place at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market, May through October 2014. Harvest Sessions is presented by 88.1 KDHX and Worm's Way Hydroponics & Organics, and is also sponsored by theRegional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council.
This week we welcome The Southside Creole Playboys to the market from 10am-noon.