Let's start with the love. Here are some cool things about Soulard Farmers Market:
- The land on which it is located was a gift to the city, from a woman. Julia Cerre Soulard donated the land on the condition that it be used as a market, in perpetuity. Should the land cease to house a market, the land (and that's some good location) is supposed to revert back to her heirs.
- Soulard will give you a real feel for the people who populate this city. I always look forward to seeing Tom at Julia's Market cafe. He's a hoot.
- You're halfway indoors and halfway outdoors. Its an all weather venue.
- Live music.
- You can get a slush puppy with vodka in in. Or a beer, or bloody mary or margarita. First thing in the morning. And no one will judge you.
- It will make you feel popular. If you don't run into someone you know, you don't get out enough.
- Soulard is open year round, Wednesday through Saturday.
- The growers. The actual farmers.
- It is the only place I know who you can buy Ozark Mountain Orchard Blueberries. Sweet sweet Ozark Mountain Orchard Blueberries.
- For years, Soulard was one of the only places in the downtown area to provide produce at a cheap price, while there was no grocery presence in the area.
- There are way more brokers than growers. (People reselling stuff from Produce Row, not actual farmers.)
- Items that are deceptively packaged. Apples, lettuce and other produce that are moved from the wholesale boxes into little baskets to make them appear as if they are from a farmer. Apples don't grow with stickers on them.
- I think some brokers (not all) false pack. I have purchased produce at Soulard only to have it be rotten the next day. (False packing is when you put the pretty stuff on top, with the bad stuff underneath.)
- I can't stand the amount of trinkets and junk sold there. I will give a pass to those selling St. Louis themed items but I don't like all the knock off sold there.
- That nasty pet store (sorry, pet store people, but selling pigeons and stray kittens is a little creepy.)
All things considered, I love it. And it is the funnest place on a sunny Saturday morning.