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12 ways to get your produce fix in St. Louis in the time of COVID-19

Farmers market season upon us, so the desire for fresh produce is high but, with the current coronavirus pandemic, the desire to leave one’s home or vehicle is low. Here’s a list of some local markets and produce delivery services and how they’re adapting to provide their goods safely. 

City Greens Market
Sourcing from vendors such as EarthDance Farm, Good Life Growing, DoubleStar Farms, Moshier Family Farm, Mckaskle Farm and others, City Greens Market has adapted to offer pick-up orders only. In high demand, they are booking up to two weeks in advance with pickup times every 10 minutes from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Fill out their Google form to order. 

Fair Shares CCSA
Fair Shares CCSA provides weekly curbside pick-up for members. Once a member, enjoy mini, half or full shares with offerings from vendors such as Bee Simple City Farm, Marcoot Jersey Creamery, Biver Farms, Ozark Forest, Buttonwood Farms, EarthDance and many more. Pickups are available at various times and locations on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Kirkwood Farmers' Market is open for walk-through shopping daily with varying hours. The market features a wide range of seasonal offerings from purveyors like Summit Produce, currently including asparagus, strawberries, cauliflower, spinach and broccoli, as well as meats from Rain Crow Ranch, Todd Geisert Farms, Stonie’s Sausage Shop and more. Masks are required and 6-foot social distancing regulations are in place. Patrons are also welcome to call ahead for pickup at 314.984.9496. 

Lake St. Louis Farmers & Artists Market
Lake St. Louis Farmers & Artists Market offers a drive-through market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Enjoy fresh fare from vendors like Baetje Farms, Dogwood Pond Farms, Gooding Produce, HartBeet Farm, A & R Farms and many more. All orders must be made in advance directly with the vendors. A weekly list of vendors is available online.  

Mac’s Local Buys
Mac's Local Buys, currently open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, is accepting curbside orders by appointment only. Email with your order, which will be confirmed and paid remotely, then a pickup time is set and your goodies go straight into your trunk upon arrival. Participating vendors include Green Door Farms, Meadowlark Farm, Rustic Roots Farm, Rolling Lawns Farm, Ozark Forest Mushroom Farm, Circle B Ranch and more. 

Maryville Farmers Market
Get your fix before the weekend hits as Maryville Farmers Market hosts its weekly market Thursday evenings. Enjoy meat from Red Barn Farm Meats and Coriander Fields, fresh produce from DeMange Farms and The Family Garden-New Douglas, flowers and herbs from Petaled Pail, dairy from City Scoops Creamery, baked goods from Little Bear’s Kitchen and more. The market is offering drive-thru pick-up only and runs from 5 to 6 p.m. Vendors are posted weekly on Facebook and all orders must be made by noon on Thursdays directly through each vendor’s website. 

Soulard Farmers Market
Soulard Farmers Market has continued its usual hours Wednesday through Saturday since the stay-at-home orders began. Walk through and take your pick of produce from vendors such as Schweiger’s Produce, Schroeter Farms and Crabtree Gourmet Mushrooms as well as meats and cheeses from Frandeka Meat Market, Harr Family Farms and Roco Trading. Alcohol sales are suspended until further notice. Guests are expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

St. Louis Produce Box
St. Louis Produce Box provides three sizes of boxes featuring fresh fruits, veggies or a mix of both. Produce rotates seasonally and by availability on a week-to-week basis and is provided by local producers Thies Farms as well as others across the U.S. and Mexico. Deliveries are available within a 30-mile radius of the Arch and orders can be made online.

St. Louis Produce Delivery
Delivering all across the St. Louis area, St. Louis Produce Delivery allows area residents to order online and receive produce from the comfort of their own homes. Sourced from vendors all over the country growing the freshest produce of the season, choose between seven types of boxes, including veggie, fruit, salad, smoothie, soup and stew, a summer box and mixed box. All boxes are $30 and produce selection and quantity varies depending on season and cost.  

Sunfarm Food Service
This wholesale food service distributor has pivoted to offer grocery pickup services to the public. Place an online order prior to 7 p.m. for next-day pickup of a whole range of items, like Kaldi’s Coffee, frozen pizzas from Anthonino’s Taverna, meats from Kern Meat Co. and Volpi, and more. More produce options will be added to the website as they become available.

Tower Grove Farmers' Market
Partnering with Eat Here St. LouisTower Grove Farmers' Market is delivering boxes of goods straight to residents’ doors from fresh produce vendors such as Buila Family Farms, Ozark Forest Mushrooms and Three Springs Farms as well as specialty goods from Larder & Cupboard, Kakao Chocolate and more. Orders can be made in advance online beginning at noon each Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.  

U City Farmers Market
This market offers the option to walk through and pick out your produce or pick up preorders from each of the vendors including Eckenfels Farm, Elixir-Farm, BiltongBilly, Weidner Farms and more every Saturday. The market will also become a delivery point for Biver Farms plants beginning Saturday. The rotating list of vendors can be found on the market’s Facebook page and pre-orders can be made on each of the vendor’s websites.