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Edible Weekend: 2 more ways to devour the weekend

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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Whether you love biscuits, fish fries or oysters, there are plenty of ways to fill up this weekend. Here are two more events for those who’re still peckish:

 

 1. An Evening of Sampling
Get to know the people behind the products at An Evening of Sampling at Farm to You Market. More than 20 vendors from Komblu Kombucha to VB Chocolates offer free samples and items for purchase.

Thu., March 9 – 4 to 7 p.m., Farm To You Market, 5025 Old Highway 100, Washington, 844.682.2266, farmtoyoumarket.com

2. Lionstone Brewing Beer School
Class is session at the Lionstone Brewing Beer School this Friday at Randall’s Wine & Spirits in Fairview Heights. Learn beer basics and sample from this northwest Illinois brewery.

Free. Fri., Mar.10 – 7 p.m., Randall’s Wine & Spirits, 10800 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, 618.394.9800, randalls.com 

 

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Extra Sauce: Top 10 Sneak Peeks of 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

From new arcade bars downtown to long-awaited breweries in Maplewood, here are the 10 places you couldn’t wait to check out before they opened in 2016.

Don’t miss out! Follow Sauce Magazine on Facebook and Twitter to get Sneak Peeks and First Looks of the latest St. Louis-area restaurant, bar and shop openings.

 

 

1. First Look: Start Bar downtown

2. Sneak Peek: Farm to You Market in Washington

 

 

3. Sneak Peek: Sardella in Clayton

4. Sneak Peek: The Sliced Pint in downtown St. Louis

5. Sneak Peek: Wicked Greenz in Clayton

 

 

6. Sneak Peek: Side Project Brewing in Maplewood

7. Sneak Peek: Yolklore in Crestwood

8. First Look: Catrinas in Edwardsville

 

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9. First Look: Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood

10. Sneak Peek: Nixta in Botanical Heights

Photos by Michelle Volansky 

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What I Do: Todd Geisert of Geisert Farms and Farm to You Market

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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Part farmer, entrepreneur, marketer, networker, delivery man, community volunteer and advocate, Todd Geisert has continued a 135-year family agriculture tradition, expanded the family’s brand to include more than 60 products, and he’s done it all in eight short years.

Committed to raising his heritage breed pigs naturally – the way his family has done for more than a century – Geisert is equally committed to helping other farmers and producers get their products to market and into chefs’ kitchens. In his latest venture, Farm to You Market, Geisert and his wife, Katie Geisert, curate produce, packaged foods, meats, cheeses, milk and ice cream made and produced within 200 miles of the family’s Washington farm. Here, the life of this renaissance farmer in his own words.

The smell
“What you’ll find when you come to the farm is that you’ll hardly ever smell the pigs. You’ll smell the sewage treatment plant down the road here – and you can put that in your quotes. People think it’s the pigs (they’re) smelling and I tell them, ‘You’re smelling your own poo.’”

Being an entrepreneur
“My junior year of high school, I started a welding and fabricating business, building trailers and truck bodies because that’s what I like doing. It turned into a pretty good-sized business, where we had 20-some-odd people working for us, making several hundred trailers and truck bodies a year. Then the economy changed and … we learned a lot of lessons (about expanding) too fast. After 10 years, we closed up, in the fall of ’96. Looking back, we probably could have kept it going, learning what we learned, but I was in the shop at 6 in the morning until 9 or 10 at night, and (we) had a little one. I was worn out.”

Farm life
“In the morning, the priority is (to) take care of the livestock, and … then you can start doing your other things. If you’re farrowing (birthing), it takes an extra couple hours. Then you work on repairs and maintenance for the next season or deliveries. There’s never a lack of things to do on a farm. If you can’t find something to do, you’re just not looking hard enough.”

Working relationships
“The people I like working with are the ones (who) care about what they’re doing. Our big focus here is being able to tell people where their food’s coming from and how it’s raised. Most of the (producers) I’m working with, I know their operations and can tell you what they do. It’s why I’ve tapped them for (Farm to You Market), because I trust what they’re doing.”

What we live for
“We’ve made a living doing things a little different than everybody else. Everything we’ve tried hasn’t always worked. Whether it’s farming or deliveries or dealing with customers, there’s hardly ever a day that’s the same. It’s what you get up for every morning.”

Find out what else is available in Washington’s newest market in this month’s Hit List

-photo by Greg Rannells

Hit List: 5 new places you must try this May

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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1. Weber Grill Restaurant: 1147 Saint Louis Galleria St., Brentwood, 314.930.3838, webergrillrestaurant.com/location/st-louis

Firing up the backyard grill is as sure a sign of spring as Cardinals baseball, but if you’d rather leave the job to professionals, then head to the Saint Louis Galleria, where Weber Grill Restaurant has opened its first St. Louis-area location. Here, almost every item on the extensive menu takes a pass over a ripping hot Weber kettle. If barbecue is your preference, check out the hickory-smoked baby back ribs with a smoky char and a gentle brush of Weber’s sweet hickory barbecue sauce. Order it with a side of creamy blue cheese-pecan coleslaw. For a lighter meal, try the meltingly tender salmon, grilled on a cedar plank and touched with a bourbon sauce for smoky, caramelized edges.

 

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2. Shift, Test Kitchen & Take Out: 313 N. 11th St., St. Louis, 314.932.7443, shifttestkitchen.com

Forgetting your lunch doesn’t mean scrounging for day-old doughnuts in the conference room. Drop that stale tiger tail and head to Shift, Test Kitchen and Take Out, the latest concept from restaurateur Dave Bailey. This carryout-only eatery serves as a test kitchen for forthcoming Bailey concepts. Barbecue is the fare of the moment, as well as grab-and-go snacks. While the menu changes daily, keep an eye out for the tender, smoked brisket served with a sweet Kansas City-style sauce and a side of creamy mac and cheese with a kick of jalapeno. The chopped pork belly sandwich is a fatty, smoky indulgence that comes with spicy firecracker sauce with cherry notes and crunchy purple cabbage slaw. Grab a cup of ice cream on your way out (look for the blueberry pie), write your name on the lid, and hide it in the freezer for an afternoon snack.

 

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3. Farm to You Market: 5025 Old Highway 100, Washington, 844.682.2266, farmtoyoumarket.com

Soup from Wentzville, honey from Fulton, rice from Braggadocio and pork from Washington all get a spot on the shelves at Farm to You Market. Todd Geisert Farms co-owners Todd and Katie Geisert take the idea of a farmers market to another level, stocking seasonal produce, farm-fresh eggs, bacon, ice cream, milk, pasta and more from Missouri farmers and vendors from primarily within a 200-mile radius. After all that shopping, grab a seat in The Barn Yard Cafe for a deli sandwich or reserve your seat for a monthly chef’s dinner.

 

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Don’t miss two food trucks that recently hit the streets, too. Angie Saville rode her winnings from July 2015’s Budweiser Bud & Burgers competition all the way to her own food truck, Angie Burger. Samantha Mitchell left the hallowed kitchens of Annie Gunn’s and now revs the engines – and the flattop – at Farmtruk, offering locally sourced, farm-fresh fare. Find out why Angie Burger and Farmtruk made the Hit List and our rundown of the best St. Louis new food trucks.

 

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

From new restaurants in the Central West End to new markets in Washington, here’s what happened last week in the St. Louis food scene, in case you missed it…

 

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1. Scape American Bistro is getting a little sister when Scapegoat opens in the former Crepes Etc. space at 52 Maryland Plaza in the Central West End next month.

2. Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. announced plans for two new St. Louis locations to open this year. The first will be located in the historic Gerhart Building, at Laclede and Vandeventer avenues, and the second at Washington University’s Mid Campus Center at 4590 Children’s Place.

 

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3. LuLu Chinese & Dim Sum Truck hit the road this week, rolling out for the first time on Tuesday, April 12.

4. The venerable Maplewood coffee shop, Foundation Grounds, has changed hands, as Neil Suthar took ownership of the business on March 25.

 

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5. It’s now easier to buy local in Franklin County. Farm to You Market opened at 5025 Old Highway 100 in Washington on Wednesday, April 13.

 

Sneak Peek: Farm to You Market in Washington

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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It’s about to get easier to buy local in Franklin County. Farm to You Market opens at 5025 Old Highway 100 in Washington on Wednesday, April 13, with a grand opening to come May 6 and 7. A longtime vision of farmer and co-owner Todd Geisert, the market will stock the usual grocery store suspects (like meat, eggs, cheese, produce, dry goods, seasonings, wine and beer) but the offerings will be primarily sourced from vendors in a 200-mile radius of the store.

More commonly known vendors like Companion, Midwest Pasta Co. and Todd Geisert Farms will be featured alongside lesser known purveyors like Giofre Apiaries, which makes honey ice cream.

Geisert is also working to connect the various vendors to use each other’s products in their own offerings. For example, rice produced by the McKaskle Family Farm in Braggadocio, Missouri may make its way into Thompson Farm’s soup mixes. Todd Geisert Farms’ bacon is included in Giofre Apiaries’ honey ice cream.

More than a market, the space includes the Barn Yard Cafe, a 40-seat space that shoppers can use to enjoy a sandwich from the deli or reserve a seat for the planned monthly dinners featuring chefs like Ben McArthur of J. McArthur’s and Chris Bork of the upcoming Vista Ramen.

Farm to You Market will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Here’s what to expect when the doors slide open Wednesday.

 

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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

The Scoop: Todd Geisert to open year-round market and wholesale operation

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

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It will soon be easier to get the farms to your table, all year long. For more than two years, Geisert Farms owner Todd Geisert has been working on a retail and wholesale operation to help farmers better get their wares to market. The ink is dry, and Geisert and his wife, Katie Geisert, are slated to open Farm to You Market and Distribution Center in spring 2016. The 10,000-square-foot space, located at 5025 Old Highway 100 in Washington, coincides with Geisert Farms’ 100th anniversary.

Geisert aims to work with local farmers and help them sell their produce to St. Louis-area restaurants. “One farmer I know produces hydroponic lettuce,” said Geisert. “But she doesn’t produce enough to justify a trip into the city (to sell it).”

Geisert will collect produce from smaller farmers and transport that produce to the larger, urban market. He currently operates this format for some of the smaller protein producers, so he said Farm to You is a natural expansion of his current business.

In addition, there will be a year-round retail market and cafe space open to the public where farmers will sell produce. There will also be a commissary kitchen available for rent. “It will be a space for farmers to add value,” Geisert said. “If someone has too many berries, they can take that and make it into a sauce or a juice and market it in a different channel.”

 

 

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