The Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market opens for the season on Saturday, April 4 at the Meadows shopping center.
The market, which is located in the southeast corner of the center, will run 31 consecutive Saturdays, rain or shine, until the end of October.
Carl Saunders is the president of the nonprofit company that runs the market. “The biggest thing about this market is that it is only for producers,” he said. “To sell here, you have to have grown it, crafted it or created it.”
With the emphasis on locally grown foods, Saunders said, the selection at the market is very seasonal. “People will come in this weekend and ask ‘Where are all the tomatoes?’ Well, those aren’t going to be available until July.”
Early-season offerings will include Swiss chard, kale, and other mixed salad greens. “We need to teach people to eat seasonal,” Saunders said. “By August, we’ll have the tomatoes, plus watermelon and sweet corn. Then in the fall, you’ll see winter squash, broccoli and cauliflower.”
Along with produce, booths at the market will be selling baked goods, meat, jams and jellies; candles, soaps and lotions; and honey, eggs, flowers and potted plants. Hand-made items like jewelry and scarves, toys, home décor, quilts and baskets are also for sale.
The market averages 75 vendors each Saturday, and often has close to 90 on peak summer days. A complete list of vendors is available on the Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market website.