When most people think of Farmers’ Markets they think of spring and summer fresh fruits and veggies (which are incredible!). I’m a really big fan of the fall Farmers’ Market and this past Saturday we attended the Harvest Festival at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market. Here’s the 411 on the TGFM:
- The Tower Grove Farmers’ Market is a 501(c)(3) corporation with a wide variety of local produce, meats and other local food products.
- Open every Saturday through November 2, 8:00am until 12:00noon. (I know that only leaves 2 more Saturdays, but it’s worth making time for!)
- Located in Tower Grove Park, West of the Whitaker Theater at the Pool Pavilion
Why is this a terrific experience for my family?
1. It’s free! You can shop if you’d like, but if you are tight on cash just throw some cheerios in a bowl or pack a lunch to munch on in the park. There is ample FREE parking as well.
2. It’s full of experiences, language, vocabulary, and learning for kids of any age. From naming fruits and vegetables to discussing where and how vendors get their products, a variety of education is at your disposal. Arts and crafts are in abundance which can stimulate conversation (Which metal do you prefer- gold or silver?), counting, (How many rings do you see? necklaces?), categorizing (Which room in a house does that towel belong? Is that a fruit or a vegetable?). You also have a great opportunity to teach your child to new foods. Once on a whim we bought some rainbow chard. I had no idea what to do with it, but we came home and looked up recipes on the internet. It was fun and educational! (Btw- we sautéed it in a little olive oil and threw in some garlic and it was YUMMO!)
3. There are lots of dogs. Kids love dogs.
4. There are two huge playgrounds and a fountain for when the kids (and Dad) need to get away from the crowd and blow off some steam.
5. Kakao chocolate for Mom! Seriously, the most creative and delicious chocolate I’ve ever had. If you live in St. Louis and love chocolate, you must check them out. They have two retails stores in addition to the booth at the Farmers’ Market. I love Kakao so much that I’m dedicating my Friday post to a review of the 4 different confections I purchased. Hopefully I still have some left by then!
I’m always looking for free, fun activities to do around town. Hit me up with your ideas!