Farmers, with their up-at-dawn, sweat-until-sundown work ethic, are a difficult group to get to know. They have all that fun machinery (like combines!), but only one person can ride on those rigs at a time -- no fair! Well, farmers are going to start sharing some of the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor beginning this Thursday, April 8, at the opening of the 28th season of the Kirkwood Farmers' Market (on East Argonne Drive at Taylor Avenue). Pick up some seasonings at Soulard Spice Shop's satellite location, a homemade pie from the Ladybug Pies stand, and locally grown produce at CJ's Produce and Plants (just to name a few vendors) every Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unfortunately, shoppers will have to wait until May for Farrar Out Farms' free-range eggs and heirloom tomatoes and Tropical Moose Shaved Ice. Mmmm, eating Sno-Cones under the shade of the new trellis all day -- now that's some kind of work ethic! -- Alison Sieloff
Moosewood Shaved Ice is just weeks away from
opening -- but not yet.
Seriously, are all Midwestern cities as crazy about amateur boxing as St. Louis seems to be? In the past year, venues as wide-ranging as the City Museum, the South Broadway Athletic Club and Soulard's Mad Art Gallery have hosted amateur fight nights. Hardcore enthusiasts have turned their south-city garages into makeshift training HQs. And now the BudweiserGolden Gloves Championship takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Orlando Gardens Banquet Center (2050 Dorsett Village in Maryland Heights).
Unlike those at the aforementioned amateur events, however, the winners of the seventeen bouts on the Golden Gloves' fight card advance to the nationals in Kansas City in early May, and those winners then compete for a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing team.
Tickets for ringside tables of ten are $150; general admission tickets cost $15 apiece. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 314-552-1160 or 314-638-7987. -- Rose Martelli