by Holly Fann
Gut Check was disappointed earlier this spring when we found out that the downtown farmers' market was cancelled for the year. Having a famers' market inside city limits in an urban setting is pretty sweet and a great educational opportunity as well. Enter Brian DeSmet, the market manager for the St. Louis farmers' markets. DeSmet has joined the small fleet of farmers who have cultivated a Truck Farm -- a mobile farm in the back of an old pickup truck. The trucks are not only a way to bring the farm to the people, but also a transportable education center and a moveable feast.
DeSmet and his truck farm will be in the parking lot of the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337) tonight for a special screening of the film Truck Farm, which was the inspiration for DeSmet's farm on wheels. The free screening is sponsored by Slow Food St. Louis and begins at 7 p.m.