These juicy blackberries were so tempting! Pie anyone?
On Saturday, I decided to start close to home and investigate the Ferguson Farmers Market. This little borough isn’t farm from home, but I’ve barely explored it (like a typical St. Louisan). I was thoroughly impressed by their variety of farms (even an Amish farm was represented), locally grown flowers and garden baskets and food vendors. You could even buy loose tea! There was live music, and an impressive crowd sitting in chairs around the mini-stage listening to their acoustic covers.
Oh my! This carrot seems to have forgotten his pants!
The Ferguson Farmers Market is located at Victorian Square next to the train tracks on South Florissant Road. I was lucky enough to see a train go by as I was shopping, and it made me feel like I had time traveled for a moment. There was a family making omelettes to order, an empanada vendor and a couple of college-aged gals selling pies and tarts. Delicious! Everyone seemed to be in a great mood, and there were plenty of smiles.
It’s late in the season, but there were still plenty of blackberries, blueberries and more tomatoes than you can shake a stick at. An organic cheese maker was there, as well as a couple of guys selling organic grass-fed beef in generator-powered refrigerators. I settled on some Brussels sprouts, ears of corn for $0.50 each, squash and zucchini from Thies Farm and Greenhouses, and also picked up some blueberries and huge peaches from another vendor.
Parking wasn’t too much of a hassle, as there was a steady flow of traffic in and out of the market. If you plan on going and approach from the south, be sure to turn at the sign for the market or you’ll pass the designated lot and have to turn around. It’s the same lot as the one for Aldi.
Purple beans, dragon beans and green beans!
When you’re finished, cross South Florissant Road to visit the Whistle Stop at the Ferguson Depot. They’re open from 11 am – 9 pm on Saturdays and feature lunch specials and old fashioned frozen custard. According to their site, as many as 20 freight trains rumble past the Whistle Stop every day, so you’ve got a good chance of seeing one if you choose to visit. Their sign had me wanting to watch Fried Green Tomatoes as soon as I left.
With this market being so close to my home, I’ll certainly be back next year, but there are many more new-to-me markets to explore! Onward!
Grab a snack if you get hungry!
Tea for 2 and 2 for tea!
Millions of peaches…peaches for me!
Thies Farm had the most impressive array of fruits and veggies.