Blueberries, Tomatoes, and Hot Sauce at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market

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        Samples of deliciousness from Kitchen Kulture | Pat Kohm
  •         Samples of deliciousness from Kitchen Kulture | Pat Kohm

Farmers' markets across St. Louis are in full swing, and as new crops are harvested, Gut Check will be there every step of the way to make sure you never miss out on the latest fresh veggies. This week, we returned to the Tower Grove Farmers' Market (at the intersection of Main Drive and Center Cross Drive, west of the wading pool; 314-771-4410) in Tower Grove Park. The market runs every Saturday morning, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Below is a quick guide to what you can find on your next trip.

       Kitchen Kulture's tasty menu | Pat Kohm
  •        Kitchen Kulture's tasty menu | Pat Kohm

After walking past a massive group of yoga practitioners, Gut Check made our return to the epic Tower Grove Farmer's Market, anxious to discover new items and booths. Luckily, we were immediately greeted by the lovely smells emanating from the Kitchen Kulture table, where tiny meals were being prepared on-site. Chris Meyer was kind enough to provide samples of the gumbo, gazpacho, and the Nicoise Salad (smoked rainbow trout, green beans, farm raised eggs and Pontiac potatoes), which was very, very good -- so good, in fact, that we took a tub home for later.

        Spicy...very spicy | Pat Kohm
  •         Spicy...very spicy | Pat Kohm

The next booth to catch our eye was Wicked Cactus Sauce, stacked with bottles of fiery hot sauce. Always seeking to impress, we sauntered over and requested the hottest sauce available and were promptly handed the "Aliento del Diablo." We gave it a taste and immediately searched frantically for a water fountain. The heat was impressive; we bought a bottle for later.

Next up: Blueberries!

        Cherries! | Pat Kohm
  •         Cherries! | Pat Kohm
        Blueberries are in season at Our Garden Farms | Pat Kohm
  •         Blueberries are in season at Our Garden Farms | Pat Kohm

New seasonal items were also on display: blueberries, peaches, cherries and tomatoes...and cherry tomatoes, too!

        There's no shortage of tomatoes | Pat Kohm
  •         There's no shortage of tomatoes | Pat Kohm

There are plenty of interesting items at Tower Grove, including clothes (helpfully displayed by mannequins), Naked Bacon (with no nitrates), and a plethora of mushrooms from Ozark Farms.

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        Grab some shrooms! | Pat Kohm
  •         Grab some shrooms! | Pat Kohm
        Mannequin on display | Pat Kohm
  •         Mannequin on display | Pat Kohm

And finally, at the end of a hot, humid morning, you can always cool off by jumping in the fountain!

        On a hot day, water fountains are the best | Pat Kohm
  •         On a hot day, water fountains are the best | Pat Kohm

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