Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cooking in the Garden Recap

The 13th Street Community Garden played an even bigger role in the market than normal on Saturday, August 15. Thanks to Gateway Greening, we were able to host Danielle from Operation Food Search as she demonstrated an easy, healthy, and delicious recipe to garden visitors. The demo connected the healthy food you see each week at the market to the beds where we grow our vegetables here in Old North.

Danielle came prepared with all the ingredients for Summer Greens Slaw with Peanut Dressing. This tangy and nutrient-rich dish is the perfect use of summer and fall greens, readily available at farmers markets across the area. Though Danielle chose kale for her demo, the dish could be made with collard greens, chard, or even sweet potato greens!

If you couldn't make by the garden on Saturday, don't fret - she left the recipe to share with you all:

Summer Greens Slaw with Peanut Dressing

2 bunches of greens (kale, collard, chard)
2 bell peppers, any color, cut into thin strips
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
1 large handful mint, chopped
1 large handful basil, chopped
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup canola oil
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cucumber, seeded and finely chopped

1.  Wash greens well. Pull center rib out of greens and thinly slice

2.  In a large bowl, toss kale and rest of vegetables and herbs.

3.  In a tightly sealing glass jar or plastic container, combine peanut butter, oil, vinegar, brown sugar, salt and red pepper flakes. Shake well.
4.  Pour mixture over slaw and toss well. Garnish with cucumbers.

5.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 31, 2015

August at the North City Farmers' Market

Saturday, August 1 @ the North City Farmers’ Market (N 14th ST. & St. Louis Ave)

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM         Fitness Scavenger Hunt Activities with Lift for Life Gym
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM         Printmaking activity at Central Print - free and open to all!
11:00 AM                          Spirit of the Northside Drum Line performs on 14th Street!
11:30 AM                          Nappy DJ Needles from KDHX takes the Crown Plaza Stage

Saturday, August 8: Back 2 School Giveaway @ the North City Farmers’ Market (N 14th ST. & St. Louis Ave)

Parish Stewart Church will be handing out free school supplies for all school-age children throughout the market. Be sure to come early for free exercise and stay for the entertainment!

10:00 AM             FREE ZUMBA in Crown Square - All Abilities Welcome!
11:00 AM             Be Healthy Be Active Class - All welcome, no registration needed!
11:00 AM             Printmaking activity at Central Print - free and open to all!
11:30 AM             Compass Improv performance with Old North Girl Scouts on Crown Plaza Stage 

Saturday, August 15 : Cooking in the 13th Street Garden & African America Artifacts Festival          

Join us in the 13th Street Garden anytime between 11:00am-12:30pm to experience a healthy cooking demo among our fresh, organically grown produce! Operation Food Search will be teaching us a healthy new recipe as you enjoy the surroundings in the garden. 

Afterwards, head over to the market to pick up the ingredients to make the dish yourself. Show Me Sound Drum Corps – a local youth organization - will be on hand to provide the entertainment for the day.

2nd Annual Saint Louis African American Artifacts Festival and Bazaar
This family friendly event kicks off in Crown Square at 12:00pm and runs through 7:00pm. You'll find a variety of artifacts, music, poetry, art, dance, vendors, food, children's activities, heatlh and wellness and prizes!

We'll be sharing our market space with this festival, so look for us a bit further down the street in front of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group offices.

Saturday, August 22

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM FREE ZUMBA in Crown Square - All Abilities Welcome!
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Urban League Health Van with FREE Health Screenings. No registration!
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Printmaking activity at Central Print - free and open to all!
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM   DJ Dewitt plays everyone's favorites in Crown Square

Saturday, August 29

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM FREE ZUMBA in Crown Square - All Abilities Welcome!
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Printmaking activity at Central Print - free and open to all!
11:30 AM                 Olivia Neal performs in Crown Plaza

If you’d like to volunteer for the market for set-up and take-down, we could use a few extra hands as we’ll be short a volunteer for the next two weeks. If you’re willing to stay and help sell produce, even better! Contact me, Jessica, for more information at or 314-241-5031 x102. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Free Shuttle to Serve North City Farmers' Market

After months of planning, we're excited to announce a new opportunity for extended access to our market. Thanks to a new partnership with Lift for Life Gym and the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, the North City Farmers' Market will be offering a free monthly shuttle to and from the market on select days this season.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this service. Simply wait at the most convenient location for you and hop on the Lift for Life shuttle bus. You'll be at the market in 20 minutes or less!

Shuttle Stops and Times:

Freedom Housing - 4011 Delmar
9:00 AM  |  10:10 AM  |  11:15 AM

Stamping Lofts - 219 Cass 
9:15 AM  |  10:25 AM  |  11:30 AM

O'Fallon Park Rec - 4343 W. Florissant
9:35 AM  |  10:45 AM  |  11:50 AM

Divoll Library - 4234 N Grand Blvd
9:40 AM  |  10:50 AM  |  11:55 AM

Grace Hill - 2125 Bissell
9:45 AM  |  10:55 AM  |  12:00 PM

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Coming Up at the Market

Saturday, July 25th at the North City Farmers' Market

10:00 AM
Get ready for another fun-filled market as we kick off the day with free Zumba class at 10am. Linda Noble of the YMCA will lead you in heart-pumping, dance-based exercise to get your blood flowing before hitting the market. The class is geared toward all ages and fitness levels and is a go-at-your-own-pace setting. 

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Lizzie Warner with the University of Missouri Extension will be continuing the Be Healthy Be Active series with a class focused on the benefits of whole grains and feature a delicious veggie stir fry with brown rice demo. The class is open to everyone and free of charge. Meet inside the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group at 2700 N. 14th at 11:00am to join in.

Get your appetites ready for Operation Food Search as they join us with a cooking demo featuring fresh summer tomatoes. Stop by their demo booth as you shop between 11:00-12:30pm to try out this easy and healthy dish for yourself! 

12:00 PM
Joining us at 12:00pm will be local blues artist Eugene Johnson with his group Eugene & Company. A favorite and regular guest at Beale on Broadway,  you won't want to miss this performance! Check out his story and music at

Get Crafty!
Our featured vendor this week is Perennial, a local non-profit social enterprise that specializes in teaching creative re-use and working with under-served populations. With a mission to build a creative culture of sustainability in which discarded items are transformed into valued and cherished resources, they're a perfect fit in Old North! Stop by their booth to purchase your own DIY kits or to participate in a free paper-making demo. Find out more about Perennial at

Central Print, an Old North based non-profit focused on preserving the art of printmaking, will be offering free printmaking demos and take-home prints during the market starting at 11:00am. Be sure to stop in their shop at N 14th & Montgomery to check out their antique equipment and sign up for summer classes and workshops or check out their website at

This Weeks' Vendors:

City Seeds Urban Farm
MK Fruits & Veggies
13th Street Community Garden
Beaucoup Creek Honey
The Veggie Patch
The Burning Kumquat
Momma Knows
Wearable Crochet & More

Looking for ways to get even more involved with the North City Farmers' Market?
Consider becoming a volunteer! We could always a hand with set-up and selling produce for our vendors who can't send a representative. It's a great way to get involved in Old North and support our mission of bringing healthy, affordable foods into the neighborhood. Click here to sign-up!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Independence Day at the Market

Please join us for a Neighborhood Potluck and Pie Baking Contest to celebrate Independence Day at the market this Saturday, July 4th, from 11:00am-1:00pm in Crown Square Plaza. 

Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring their favorite summer dish. If you don’t have time to whip something up, stop by and say hello anyway!

The North City Farmers’ Market will be open featuring live music from Ms. Sha & the Young Brothers in Blues from 11:00am-12:00pm. You won’t want to miss this fan favorite!

Central Print will be back with printmaking activities from 11:00am-1:00pm for kids aged from 1-100!

Your favorite vendors will be on hand with fresh produce, plants, all-natural candles, honey, arts and crafts. As always, if there is rain, the market will move inside the Old North Gallery at 2700 N. 14th Street.

Hope to see you all Saturday!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2015 Season Is Well Underway!

The 2015 North City Farmers' Market Season is off to a great start with new activities, new vendors, and a ton a family-friendly fun. We invite you to join us each Saturday in Crown Square from 10am-1pm to meet your neighbors, make new friends and enjoy the festivities.

Clear you schedules and join us for an upcoming market day:

Saturday, June 27
10:00 AM Free Zumba in Crown Square with Linda Nobel of YMCA
11:00 AM - 12:30PM Healthy Cooking Demo with Operation Food Search
11:30 AM DJ Dr. Music performs in Crown Square

Saturday, July 4: Patriotic Celebration
11:00 AM - 1:00PM Neighborhood Potluck & BBQ
11:00 AM Ms. Sha and the Young Brothers perform in Crown Square
12:00 PM     Pie Contest - Bake and bring your best pie!

Saturday, July 11
9:00 AM     Free Yoga with Christy in Chess Pocket Park
9:30 AM-10:30 AM Gardening Workshop with Gateway Greening 
10:00 AM Free Zumba in Crown Square with Linda Nobel of YMCA
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Eating Smart, Being Active with Lizzie Warren
11:00 AM - 12:00PM Hanna Azalee Gospel Performance
12:00 PM - 1:00PM Papa D & Company with Blues & Traditional in Crown Square

Saturday, July 18: Stop the Violence 4 Peace Festival
10:00 AM Free Zumba in Crown Square with Linda Nobel of YMCA
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Stop the Violence 4 Peace Festival
- CHIPS Health Screenings and Youth Performance
- Healthcare information booths
- Caribbean Mask Making
- Dre Dre Productions Performance

Saturday, July 25
10:00 AM Free Zumba in Crown Square with Linda Nobel of YMCA
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Eating Smart, Being Active with Lizzie Warren
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Divoll Library Branch will be present
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eugene & Company breaks out the Motown, Blues & Jazz

Our vendors this year include a wide assortment of produce growers, confectioners, honey producers, artisans, and local crafters. You can expect to find a mix of these vendors below each Saturday through October 17th:

Naturally Perfect Candle Co.
STL Heart Cards
City House Country Mouse
Gateway Greening - City Seeds
MK Farms
The Veggie Patch
Confluence Academy Old North
13th Street Community Garden
Sandra Harrell Creations
Wearable Crochet & More
Beaucoup Creek Honey
Erika's Coconut Oil Soap
Paulette Sankofa Art
HomePlate Permaculture Farm
Angelique Truffles
Life for Life Gym
The Burning Kumquat
Fountain Lark Farm
Gateway Garlic
Momma Knows Accessories
Fresh Annointing Church/Blash Counseling
La Mancha Coffee

If you'd like to be a vendor at the farmers' market, please contact Jessica at or 314-241-5031x102.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

4 Days Left to Donate to SNAP 2 IT Double Bucks!

We are 75% of the way there and it's time for that last push. We need to earn $750 by this Friday August 15th to reach our Indiegogo Campaign Goal. SNAP 2 IT will help North City Farmers' Market patrons using EBT or Food Stamps increase their spending power. This will benefit patrons who've found the cost of produce to be inhibiting and it will benefit our vendors who will enjoy more revenue and more visitors to the North City Farmers' Market.

How it works: If a patron comes to the market with their EBT card and asks for money to spend at the market, we will immediately double that amount! So if a patron asks for $10 in EBT coins they will receive an additional $10 to be spent at the market. This program has been in operation for only a few years but has been enormously successful at markets in Kansas City and Detroit, helping low-income shoppers gain access to healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables and helping markets grow and expand. In just a few years the Beans and Greens program in Kansas City grew from 2 markets taking SNAP to over $150,000 in double bucks at 15 markets!

Your support will help our market grow and it will help many residents of Old North gain improved access to fresh and healthy food at an affordable price. Go to SNAP 2 IT! Double bucks program for food stamps to donate and learn more. And remember, the market has 10 more Saturdays for you to come and get some delicious food, from 10 to 1 right on Crown Square!