Rockwell Beer Garden and Tower Grove Farmers’ Market collab on a new farmers market in Francis Park
A new farmers market founded by Rockwell Beer Garden and Tower Grove Farmers’ Market co-founder Patrick Horine has opened at Rockwell Beer Garden in Francis Park. Rockwell Beer Garden Farmer’s Market in Francis Park officially opened at 5300 Donovan Ave. on June 2, joining the likes of Boulevard Market and Tower Grove Farmers’ Market as the most recent addition to the St. Louis farmers’ market scene. The next market is set for Thursday, June 30.
Spurred by Rockwell Beer Garden’s commitment to giving back to its local community, the market will be open every other Thursday from 4 p.m. to sundown until Sept. 22, with the hope that the mid-week timeslot will enable use of the market as a way to supplement or substitute grocery shopping in an area lacking a walkable grocery store. To that end, attendees can expect fresh produce from recurring vendors Friedel Family Farm, which provides farm-fresh fruits, Robinson Family Farms, which supplies its fresh meat and poultry products, and Grand Army Farm, selling its eggs, meat and home-made wearables. Other recurring vendors such as Poptimism, Larder and Cupboard and Orbt Woodworks join a handful of rotating vendors.
With vendors lined along the pathway leading up to Rockwell Beer Garden, the market bridges the gap between the beer garden and surrounding park. Market-goers can enjoy a slice of pizza and beer from Rockwell alongside their market goodies on the beer garden’s outdoor tables or in the park’s grassy picnic area. “It’s really the perfect setup,” said market manager Katherine Smith. “There’s ample seating space, plenty of water bottle refill stations and it is all in support of local farmers and businesses.”
The direct impact that area farmers markets have had on local businesses, farmers and communities ultimately drove the decision to open an additional market in Francis Park, said Smith. “The grit of the farmers and the kindness of the shoppers really sticks with you,” she reflected. “It’s a very St. Louis thing. People want to give back to the community and shop local, and we’re excited to be able to collaborate with Rockwell Beer Garden to bring that to the people of Francis Park.”
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