Saturday, August 6, 2011

Goodies from the Farmers' Market

The Saint Louis Tower Grove Farmers' Market was packed today with city dwellers ready to get their hands on some good, farm fresh produce.  I decided to take a trip over to my old 'hood this morning and peruse the local market.  The weather was cooler today (a heat index of 94 instead of 110). 

I could've spent half of my paycheck this morning, but I resisted the lure of the fresh crepes, watermelon basil lemonade, chocolates, blackberries, artisan breads, and lots and lots of peaches.  The Baetje Farms cheeses are so delicious and almost irresistible, but they do not fit into my diet right now, so they were left for next time.  I also highly recommend Farm Fresh Cupcakes.  I admit that I had a slight cupcake addiction for a few short weeks that took this house by a delicious icing filled storm, but I digress.

Back to the market. . . the figs from Ivan's Fig Farm, located in Dittmer, Missouri, are in season and they appeared to be very popular.  My friend Megan goes on and on about how wonderful the figs are.  She has a special recipe for them that I bet you would like, because she has excellent taste.  Maybe if we ask real nice, she'll share it with us.

What did I buy?

Apple butter and honey sticks from Centennial Farms, Sazitza from Live Springs Farm, and Fresh Honey from Robin's Honey Co. located in St. Charles, Missouri.

It feels good to buy local and sustainable goods.  Just take one minute to click on the link for Live Springs and you will immediately feel their positive vibe.  As a former 14 year vegetarian, I still have some guilt and reservation when buying meats.  It helps know that this farm is doing what is ethical and healthy for both animals, people, and our environment.

Now that I'm sure I've inspired you to run to your local Farmer's Market, I want to share that Shenandoah Soaps will be at the Tower Grove Market for the Harvest Fest on October 22nd.

Stop by and say hello!

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