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Friday, July 19, 2013

Hidden Gems at the North City Farmers' Market: A Gut Check Guide

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM

       Entering North City Market | Pat Kohm
  •        Entering North City Market | Pat Kohm

Farmers' markets across St. Louis are in full swing, and as new crops are harvested, Gut Check will be there every step of the way to make sure you never miss out on the latest fresh veggies. This week, we visited the North City Farmers' Market (2700 North 14th Street; 314-241-5031). The market runs every Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Below is a quick guide to what you can find on your next trip.

The North City Farmers' Market is, without a doubt, the little engine that could, operated by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, whose overarching goal is to bring vivacity and excitement (and fresh veggies!) to a neighborhood looking to make a comeback. We're guessing most St. Louisans have yet to visit Old North (unless making a stop at Crown Candy), so let us entice into making a trip in the near future.

       DJ Needles | Pat Kohm
  •        DJ Needles | Pat Kohm

When we arrived on the scene, DJ Needles was spinning sweet jams and the corner of 14th and St. Louis Avenue was abuzz. Claire Wolff, Community Engagement Specialist, handed us a very cool sticker (SWAG), and explained how the market brings local, fresh and healthy foods to the neighborhood.

       Community garden, only one block away | Pat Kohm
  •        Community garden, only one block away | Pat Kohm

Such an endeavor includes collaborating with nearby community gardens, like the very impressive 13th Street Garden (2718 North 13th Street), a mere one block away -- the epitome of local. Featuring bees, chickens and massive tomatoes, this garden is basically a farm dropped down in the middle of a city, and provides more than enough produce to supply the farmers' market.

       Garlic from 13th Street Garden | Pat Kohm
  •        Garlic from 13th Street Garden | Pat Kohm

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