5 Local Farmers Markets to Visit in St. Louis and Kansas City
Farmers markets have long been revered for their robust selection of fresh organic produce along with the sense of community that the markets inherently embody. Before the summer runs out, visit these St. Louis and Kansas City-based farmers markets to get your fill of healthy eats and artisan goods while supporting local vendors.
Soulard Farmers Market: St. Louis, MO
Hailed as one of the most expansive and historic farmers markets in the country, the Soulard Farmers Market has been a St. Louis staple since opening in 1779. Operating weekly from Wednesday through Saturday, the market offers an impressive selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers and more from local vendors. Don’t miss favorite local vendors like the Soulard Florist for local blooms, Joyce’s Corner for a quick bite to eat and a cold drink while shopping and the Soulard Spice Shop for spices, coffee, tea and unique gifts.
Midtown Farmers Market: St. Louis, MO
Head over to University City to experience the city’s Midtown Farmers Market, which is open every Saturday. Check out the market’s diverse array of goods from local Missouri and Illinois farmers, ranging from free-range eggs, cheeses and grass-fed beef to flowers, soaps and crafts for the home. Aside from delicious fresh fare, the market also hosts a weekly market music series, seasonal cooking classes and engaging activities for children.
Tower Grove Farmers’ Market: St. Louis, MO
On Saturdays from April through November, make your way over to St. Louis’ Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, which sets up shop in Tower Grove Park. The market touts over 50 local food vendors, on-site beer from 4 Hands Brewery Co. and free yoga on the park’s lawn. Look to the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market for the most diverse array of vendors, including Alpacas of Troy, Bombay Food Junkies, Holy Crepe! and The Tamale Man, among others.
The City Market: Kansas City, MO
Running year-round and hosting over 150 weekly vendors, the City Market Farmers’ Market in Kansas City knows a thing or two about supporting local farmers. The market’s vendors sell everything from fresh produce and bedding plants to bath products and crafts from local artisans. In addition to the farmers market, the City Market also hosts regular car shows, local student music and dance performances, children’s craft sessions and mouth-watering cooking demonstrations.
Rosedale Farmers Market: Kansas City, MO
Visit Kansas City’s Rosedale Farmers Market for the perfect weekly small-market shopping experience, running May through September each year. Initially launched in 2009, Rosedale’s mission is to empower shoppers to purchase affordable, healthy food while supporting local farmers. Expect to see tasty organic greens like kale and chard, strawberries, jam and jellies, salsas and more at the quaint weekly market. The Rosedale Farmers Market also hosts regular music acts and also offers double SNAP and food stamp money to continually provide the best value to shoppers.