Saturday, August 30
Peaches are Ending Soon - Get Them Before They're Gone!
Get some peaches while you can - 2014 was a rough year for peach growers in our region, the cold winter took its toll on the trees. We are lucky to have the peaches we have at the market, but they won't be around for much longer. If you aren't ready to cook with them right away, peel and slice them and store them in the freezer. That way they will be ready for a cobbler or pie whenever you are!
Here are the vendors for our August 30 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
Local Harvest Grocery & Cafe
Lulu's Local Eatery
Marcoot Jersey Creamery
Might As Well Ranch
Mr. B's Salsa
My Coconut Kitchen
Ozark Forest Mushrooms
Red Fox Baking
Silent Oaks Farm
Three Rivers Community Farm
Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop
Windy Lake Farm
Paper Moon Designs
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 Cave States to the market from 10am-noon.