|Courtesy of Soulard Farmers' Market|
For many, visiting a farmers' market is a staple in their weekly schedules—but not just for stocking the pantry. Rather, it's a time to come together to socialize and celebrate the place they call home. “Farmers' markets are unique in that they represent the communities they’re located in,” says Deborah Henderson, market manager for the Clayton Farmers' Market. “In the homogenization of communities with chain restaurants and chain stores, farmers' markets work to maintain what’s unique about [the town].” Here are just 10 markets across the region that are worth checking out:
Clayton Farmers' Market
Brown Shoe parking lot, 8300 Maryland, 314-913-6632
You’ll find everything from olive oil to goat’s-milk soap, made-to-order waffles (courtesy of Waffle-licious) to handmade jewelry every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clayton Farmers' Market. When local chefs aren’t dishing out their culinary secrets via cooking demonstrations, the 40ish vendors are sharing recipes to encourage shoppers to cook with local ingredients. “Clayton really emphasizes the relationship between the locally grown food and what’s done with that food after the market-goer buys it,” Henderson says. “It’s just not enough to say ‘farm to table’ because sometimes there’s a big gap there, and that gap is filled at the farmers' market."
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