Monday, July 23, 2012

Vegetapalooza 2012

That's right, folks!  It's that time of year again!!!!  

On Saturday, July 28 from 9 am to Noon, the North City Farmers’ Market will host Vegetapalooza, a celebration of local produce and healthy habits in the community. Activities will include a salsa-making contest, a strangest vegetable contest, a pie walk, sustainability demos by Gateway Greening, face-painting, and local produce, meats, cheeses, and artisan vendors. 

The Ragged Blade Band will provide live music and the Magic House will sponsor children’s activities.

If you would like to enter the pie walk, please let us know you plan to bring a pie or cake to enter.  You can email me at or call 314-241-5031.

See you Saturday for a great time at the North City Farmers' Market!

Recap of July 21st at NCFM

Thanks to all who made it out for last weekend's market!  I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we enjoyed hosting!  For those of you who missed it check out this great photo of The ReTrailer at the North City Farmers' Market last weekend!  The ReTrailer is a rehabbed Wigwam trailer that has been converted in to a mobile tea and spice shop.

From the The ReTailer website: "All products are made with organic, fair trade ingredients and prepared with love by owner and operator Lisa Govro. Recipes are influenced by a really old (like, 5,000 years) life science, Ayurveda, which promotes the art of balanced living through positive thought and healthy eating. With this in mind, The ReTrailer hopes to spread health, happiness and smiles all over the Gateway city and beyond."

You will see from the website that the North City Farmers' Market is The ReTrailer's home away from home...when not at an arts fair or another Saturday festival she will be parked and open for business at the North City Farmers' Market, Saturdays from 9am-Noon.

If you missed The ReTrailer this past weekend, you can visit her next on Saturday August 11th, when we will also be hosting a "Back to School Day" at the market.

Also present at last week's market were two faculty members from Saint Louis University's School of Nursing.  These faculty members volunteer their Saturday mornings to be present at the market, doing blood pressure checks and sharing informational materials on healthy lifestyles.  Be sure to stop by their booth each  on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Thanks to the many other vendors and volunteers who help make the North City Farmers' Market possible week after week!  See you next Saturday for VEGETAPALOOZA 2012!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 14th at the Market

This Saturday, July 14th is sure to be a fun day for families and friends at the North City Farmers' Market.  The St. Louis Children's Hospital will be on-site throughout the market hosting a Reusable Grocery Bag Decorating activity.  Kids can color a reusable grocery bag for parents to use every time they shop. It's a unique way to display your child's artwork while helping the environment!  This activity is free and open to the public.

Cooking Matters, a project of Operation Food Search, will be doing cooking demos from 10:30am-Noon.  This week's recipe features several produce items found at the North City Farmers' Market, including tomatoes, cucumbers, and jalepeno...that's all I can tell you for now!  To find out the rest of the ingredients, get the recipe, and try some delectable samples stop by the market from 10:30am-Noon.

And, more good news...The Friendly Henrys will be performing at the market from 9am-Noon.  If you missed them June 30th, you do not want to miss them again.  This bluegrass/folksy trio will lift your spirits and soothe your soul.  The name "friendly" suits them well.  You may need to be reminded that you are still in the city, not enjoying a day in the country listening to your family or friends strumming and singing their favorite tunes.  

And, of course, there will be many local produce, crafts, and foods vendors to choose from, as well.  This week we welcome a new vendor: Freddie Lee's Ghetto Sauce will be selling their gourmet barbecue and dipping sauces.  If you have not had it before, be sure to stop by the Freddie Lee's Ghetto Sauce booth for some samplings of polish and chicken breasts, chips with dip and more.  Zee Bee Market will be selling Fair Trade and eco-friendly gifts (I love my new earrings!).  MK Produce will have their lovely tomatoes.  The Burning Kumquat, Washington University's student-run farm, will be here.  Pick up your local jams, honeys, peanut butter, meats, and cheeses from the Old North Grocery Co-op booth.  And much, much more!

We hope to see you on Saturday.  The market operates from 9am-Noon every Saturday June through mid-October.  In the event of rain, we will locate inside the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery at 2700 North 14th St.

Monday, July 2, 2012

North City Farmers' Market Promo Video

Visit the North City Farmers' Market and make your local veggies happy!  ...oh geez, those veggies get me every time.

Thanks to Maria Falconer, owner of Rambles Gifts (2611 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106) and Marketing Chair for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, for putting this video together.  She's got talent!

Please share this video with your friends and family, link to our blog, post this on Facebook, etc.   Spread the news about the North City Farmers' Market!