Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Market master Brian DeSmet gives a rundown of what's new this year at the farmers market.
Schlafly Farmers Market market master Brian DeSmet has some tasty new addtions to the market this year. Westover Farms, from Steelville, MO, offers fresh, whole gutted trout, which can be filleted while you wait. The ReTrailer has botanical teas from a vintage trailer, if there's room. If there's not room for the trailer, still look for the teas. I Scream Cakes, from Cherokee Street, is homemade ice cream and cakes made with lots of local products. All the eggs in the ice cream come from local farmers. DeSmet said Schlafly has some new session cans, a little lower in alcohol. The new American brown and IPA will be sold at the market booth. The Schlafly Farmers Market is in the Bottleworks lot on Wednesdays from 4-7 through the end of …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Maplewood market is now open Wednesdays through October.
Visitors of the Schlafly Farmers' Market, now open every Wednesday through October in the Schlafly Bottleworks parking lot, can expect a rotating list of vendors--in addition to vendors whose goods will rotate with the reasons. "The best example might be Three Rivers Community Farm, located in Elsah, Illinois, which currently offers winter greens -- spinach, arugula and bok choy, for example -- but with warmer weather will come a full cornucopia of spring crops, including squash and cherry tomatoes," RFT reports. Read the full report on Riverfront Times. What's your favorite item to pick up at the farmers' market? Tell us in the comments.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Mennonite values and a strong work ethic have brought these cheese artisans international recognition.
About 45 minutes south of St. Louis, Steven and Veronica Baetje can be found doing the work that allows them to supply area markets with eggs and dairy products. That includes a well-loved artisan goat cheese the Baetjes say reminds them of the hills surrounding their farm in Bloomsdale, the Southeast Missourian reported. (Visit Baetje Farms on Facebook.) The couple have been married for 20 years and joke they’ve got 120 kids—baby goats born annually at their farm, according to the Missourian. Award-winning cheeses The Baetjes' artisan goat cheese has been named among the top cheeses in the world. Their Bloomsdale variety is a “mold-ripened cheese rolled in a mixture of ash and salt," according to the Baetje Farms website. “As this cheese …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The St. Louis County Council had been in conversation about the legislation for months with market officials and the county health department.
Legislation governing vendor fees and liability at St. Louis County farmers markets has been approved by the County Council after months of discussion, CallNewspapers.com reported last week. Quoting from the Call article: "Farmers' market vendor permits were decreased from $35 for a 14-day period to $50 for one location and $30 per location for a second through fifth location with a $193 cap for 'six or more farmers' market locations with concurrent operating dates,' according to the ordinance." The Schlafly Farmers Market, formerly known as the Maplewood Farmers Market, meets every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the summer, in the Schlafly Bottleworks parking lot. The County Council vote happened at the Lawrence K. Roos Government Building…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Various lanes of the interstate from Manchester Road to Interstate 44 will be closed nightly through early May.
The Missouri Department of Transportation released the following update about the Interstate 270 Widening Project. The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin construction on the Interstate 270 Widening Project between Manchester Road (Route 100) and Interstate 44 starting Monday. MoDOT will close various lanes on Interstate 270 in this section from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays in April and early May. Lane closures are necessary for crews to perform paving and restriping work to prepare for the widening work on the interstate. Because of the restrictions on the roadway and rock bluffs, MoDOT will permanently narrow all lanes on northbound and southbound I-270 to 11 feet (the same width as I-44 during the I-64 reconstruction in …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The market is one of the earliest to open in the market season in the St. Louis area. Market Master, Brian DeSmet, gives a report.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
On Wednesday, April 4 from 4-7 p.m., the Schlafly Farmers Market opens for the start of the 2012 farmers market season. The Schlafly Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of the Schlafly Bottleworks, continues its tradition of being one of the earliest producer-only farmers markets in the St. Louis region. The 2012 season marks the market’s ninth season at the Bottleworks and the market –previously the Maplewood Farmers Market – is being re-branded as the Schlafly Farmers Market. Since the market is part of Schlafly’s Sustainability Program and has been hosted at the Bottleworks since its inception, we decided the name should reflect its close connection with Schlafly Beer. Schlafly is proud not only to produce great local products, …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
A bill written by the St. Louis County Department of Health contained some surprises, market masters said, and they let the County Council know about it Tuesday night.
The St. Louis County Council put on hold a comprehensive bill overseeing how farmers markets in the county do business during a meeting Tuesday. Market masters have argued that vendor fees are prohibitively high and the application process lengthy. County Councilman Pat Dolan (D-Richmond Heights) introduced a bill written by the county Department of Health designed to address those and other issues. Market masters from Clayton, Webster Groves and Maplewood spoke to the council Tuesday night. They said the bill makes some fixes but leaves concerns. One concern is that the bill would limit markets to seven months a year, a component of the bill that apparently surprised even council members. Maplewood market master Brian DeSmet told the …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Baetje Farms—available at Saturday's Maplewood Winter Market and Holiday Fair—had a cheese named one of the top 16 cheeses in the world at the World Cheese Awards 2011 in Birmingham, UK.
Bloomsdale cheese from artisan farmstead dairy farm Baetje Farms beat out 2,700 cheeses from 35 countries to become one of the top 16 cheeses in the world. Owners Steve and Veronica Baetje took Bloomsdale and several other cheeses to the World Cheese Awards 2011 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, where they won a super gold award, four silvers and a bronze for their artisan cheeses, according to Feast Magazine. Of the 50 super gold winners, judges selected 16—including Baetje's Bloomsdale—as top in the world. The St. Genevieve farm will sell its cheeses for the last time this season at the Maplewood Farmers Market and Holiday Fair, Veronica Baetje wrote on the event's Facebook wall. "We will be back in February, Lord willing," she said. "Just…
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Shoppers can look forward to several unique offerings such as quail eggs, purple asparagus and preservative-free baked goods.
This year's Maplewood Farmers Market features a a variety of new St. Louis-area vendors selling everything from quail eggs and purple asparagus to preservative-free baked goods. Brian DeSmet, the market's manager, said several of last year's vendors left the market because they retired or decided to sell only wholesale or to restaurants. Others he said, like Prairie Grass Farms, left because the sales didn't meet their expectations. "I think they (Prairie Grass Farms) didn't do as well as they wanted to last year, so they were weighing whether they would do markets in the area anymore," DeSmet said. Several new vendors are replacing the unoccupied booths. A Patch reporter stopped by the market on Wednesday to meet the new vendors and to …
Thursday, February 17, 2011
This local farmer's market is full of fresh delights.
Although we’re not completely in the clear (spring doesn’t officially start until March 20), the harsh winter weather that has slammed St. Louis for the past few months is slowly being replaced with milder weather. And not a moment too soon. What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with a trip to Sappington Farmers Market? Although this St. Louis icon is open year-round, it seems to especially come alive in the warmer months with its supply of fresh produce, grass-fed beef, dairy, cheeses, gluten-free products and more. Stop by for locally produced and sustainably raised beef and pork; Sappington Farmers Market offers a variety of environmentally friendly meats that are raised using no antibiotics or hormones. If fresh …