4 More Outdoor Markets!
The Last Outdoor Market is November 22!
For the second year in a row we have extended the market to run through the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Many of our farmers have mastered the practice of extending their growing season through the use of hoop houses and other tools and by extending the market season, this gives them an outlet for their produce. Many of our other regular vendors will be participating in the extended season, as well, including many of our meat, baked goods, creamery vendors, and others. Some of the days may be chilly, but we will be there braving the cold and we hope you will do the same!
See you at the market!
2014-2015 Winter Market
The Social Affair at The Station
Ben Poremba and his family of restaurants
Olio, Elaia, Old Standard, and La Chouquette
Keep Eating Local Foods All Winter
Our last outdoor market date is November 22, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. After that, we will move indoors for our monthly Winter Market.
The Winter Market is held in the gymnasium at City Garden Montessori School, located at 1618 Tower Grove Avenue, St Louis, 63110.
The Winter Market runs from 9am-1pm and the dates are:
Saturday, December 13
Saturday, January 10
Saturday, February 14
Saturday, March 14
We will return to the park location in April
Thank you very much to City Garden Montessori School for the use of their spacious gymnasium!
Thank you to Ben Poremba and his family of restaurants Olio, Elaia, Old Standard, and La Chouquette for joining as a sponsor of the 2014-15 Winter Market!
Thank you to The Social Affair at The Station for joining as a sponsor of the 2014-15 Winter Market!
Here are the vendors for our November 1 Market
For a full list of our 2014 vendors, check out this page.
Black Bear Bakery
Buila Family Farm
Companion Baking Company
Crown Valley Organics
Doggie Wanna Cookie
Double Star Farms
Hanley Fold Farm
Hot Skillet Farms
Ivan's Fig Farm
Joe Ringhausen Orchards
Kuva Coffee Company
La Vista Farm & CSA
Live Springs Farm
Lulu's Local Eatery
Marcoot Jersey Creamery
Might As Well Ranch
Mr. B's Salsa
My Coconut Kitchen
Ozark Forest Mushrooms
Rebel Roots Caramel Apple Co.
Red Fox Baking
River to River Farm
Silent Oaks Farm
Three Rivers Community Farm
Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop
Windy Lake Farm
Bridgett Antolick, LMT
Tiny Little Monster
Nonprofits at the Market
2014 Fundraising Falling Short
You can help us reach our goal!
With four weeks left in the season, we still have $8,500 to raise! We have never been this far behind at this point in the season before.
Click here to donate now.
What does this shortfall mean to the farmers' market?
$8,500 represents about 90% of our remaining budget for the year and includes rent due to the park, staffing, and payroll taxes left to pay.
What is our annual fundraising goal?
Our goal for 2014 is $18,000 and represents around 30% of our operating budget. The rest of our budget is raised from vendor fees and merchandise sales. In 2013, our fundraising goal was $20,000 and this year we were able to lower that goal by $2,000.
Why do we fundraise?
We are an independent 501c3 non-profit organization that receives no funding from local governments. Most farmers' markets in the region receive annual funding from city or county governments and have free use of their space. As a result, their fundraising needs are very small. We, however, rely on donations for 30% of our operating budget.
What happens if we don't reach our goal?
If we fail to raise the remaining $8,500 this season, then we start 2015 in the hole and can't start operations until we've made up the difference.
Why give to the farmers' market?
1) This year, 130,000 shoppers will come to the market and buy healthy and sustainably produced food. They will connect with their neighbors, their farmers, and bring their children to enjoy the park and learn about where their food comes from.
2) Farmers and food entrepreneurs will make close to $1,500,000 in sales at the market and much more through the business connections they make at the market.
3) We help launch successful St Louis businesses, including Salume Beddu, Traveling Tea, Whisk Bakeshop, Southwest Diner, Kakao Chocolate, Four Season’s Baked Goods, and One World Ice Cream (new this season). Through increased sales at our market, we have made it possible for many of our vendors to do what they love full time.
4) We bring in dozens of non-profit organizations each season that disseminate information and help our shoppers live greener lives, adopt abandoned pets, and increase awareness of important issues.
5) We help grow neighborhoods. New Tower Grove residents include the farmers’ market in their decision to move to the neighborhood and area business owners cite the market as a key reason they open in the area.
6) Up to 300 students attend our free yoga class each week and we bring in great music each week with the help of KDHX.
Click here to donate now.
What else can you do besides donating?
Purchasing merchandise (t-shirts, tote bags, hats, mugs) helps us meet our budget. Stop by our booth on Saturdays to see what we have.
Is your place of work interested in sponsoring the farmers' market? Let us know, we are looking for 2015 sponsors now.
Share this email with your friends and neighbors who shop at the market.
How to donate?
You can use our online donation system by going to: http://www.tgmarket.org/friends.php
Use this form and mail in a donation to:
Tower Grove Farmers' Market
PO Box 220137
St Louis, MO 63122
Thank you for considering a donation to the farmers' market. We are an important asset to the Tower Grove neighborhood and the city of St Louis and your help keeps us going! And, don't forget, we are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax-deductible!
See you at the market,
Patrick Horine & Jenny Ryan
Thank You, 2014 Sponsors!
Thank you to this year's sponsors, Rebecca Brooks, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Gundaker, Bamboo Studio St Louis, and Kuva Coffee. And thank you to our community partners Tower Grove Park, KDHX Community Media, and the South City YMCA.