Popping Up Shop

As farmers’ markets fill up with stalls from area farms pushing seasonal produce, fresh cheese and veggies, a new type of vendor has started setting up shop. Often without their own brick-and-mortar shops to call home, these pop-up vendors bring their tasty, locally-sourced products to markets across town.

Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are flipped throughout the summer at The Big Cheese in the Tower Grove and Webster Groves markets. Each week, husband-and-wife duo Dave Lowell and Susana Moscoso offer a classic grilled cheese with fresh cheddar and Companion bread, as well as a seasonal special. Twists on the traditional recipe include goat cheese, strawberries, mint and blueberries. What’s more, each sandwich is dusted with kosher salt before being served for an added kick.
More info at bigcheesestl.com.

After two years of peddling cupcakes and cake balls in flavors like maple bacon, strawberry rhubarb and sweet potato at STL farmers’ markets, Kaylen Wissinger of Farm Fresh Cupcakes has built enough of a fan base to open her own shop. A successful Kickstarter campaign last spring raised the funds Wissinger needed to open the doors of Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop (2201 Cherokee St.) this fall. She’ll sell her usual treats, as well as pies, scones and more. Attendees of the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market need not worry, though—Wissinger’s Farm Fresh Cupcakes stall isn’t going anywhere.

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