Kirkwood Farmers’ Market

For more than 40 seasons, this cornerstone of the community has been connecting growers, producers and customers. One of its anchors is Summit Produce, a one-stop shop for bedding plants, fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods and more, open all week long. All around it, smaller vendors add sparkle. On a typical Saturday morning, you might find kettle corn, waffles, tamales, organic poultry, shaved ice, cheeses, breads, olive oil and wildflowers.

The farmers’ market is owned by the city of Kirkwood, and the public has a voice in its operations through and advisory committee. This structure makes it unique, and longtime customers demonstrate a clear sense of loyalty in their shopping support.

Festivals are another part of the market’s special character. Seasonal celebrations happen for spring (in April), peaches (in mid-summer), pumpkins (in October) and Christmas. Over the summer, the market also hosts live-music Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Winter is quieter, as gardeners pore over their seed catalogs and dream of what they’ll plant when the weather warms up. Once the spring plants hit the shelves, customers flock back again, just as they have for years.

This story originally appeared in GUIDED: Saint Louis Exploring Kirkwood. Read the full issue.
All photos by Carmen Troesser.

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