A Farewell to Summer at the Schlafly Farmers' Market

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       Nothing says summer better than juicy peaches. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Nothing says summer better than juicy peaches. | Cheryl Baehr

It's still technically summer for another week, and the blazing humid weather of the past few days makes us feel that pool season should go on forever. However, the temperature is dropping, slowly but surely, and before we know it, we will be busting out our favorite sweaters and making pumpkin tarts. In this spirit, we are looking back on summer's bounty through the lens of the Schfafly Farmers' Market (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337).

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       Summer Wildflowers from Three Rivers Community Farm. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Summer Wildflowers from Three Rivers Community Farm. | Cheryl Baehr

This Wednesday afternoon-early evening tradition will continue to run from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. up to October, after which it will reinvent itself as a Winter Market, held monthly on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until noon (November through March). Most of the vendors, such as Buila Family Farm, Blue Heron Orchard and Three Rivers Community Farm assured us that they will remain a presence through the winter at this and other local markets, although their produce offerings will change markedly. Cheese makers such as Baetje Farms and Cool Cow Cheese will continue to offer their wares, while other artisans will provide honey, granola, baked goods and homemade soaps.

We expect to see a cornucopia of autumn goodies arriving soon, but it's hard to beat the colors of summer. Hopefully, this will inspire you to get out and grab some tomatoes for one last fresh caprese salad. Or, you can can them at the peak of their ripeness to enjoy a taste of summer when the winter doldrums take their hold.

       Cherry and juliet tomatoes are ripe and juicy, while fresh beets beg for some goat cheese. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Cherry and juliet tomatoes are ripe and juicy, while fresh beets beg for some goat cheese. | Cheryl Baehr

Continue for more photos.

       Robin's Honey Company displays its array of different varieties. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Robin's Honey Company displays its array of different varieties. | Cheryl Baehr
       Hot peppers and squash from Blue Heron Orchard. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Hot peppers and squash from Blue Heron Orchard. | Cheryl Baehr
       The endless display of tomatoes makes us think that summer can go on forever. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        The endless display of tomatoes makes us think that summer can go on forever. | Cheryl Baehr
       It's still grilling season, and eggplant is the perfect meatless main course. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        It's still grilling season, and eggplant is the perfect meatless main course. | Cheryl Baehr

       Hanley Fold Farm shows that farmers' markets aren't just about produce. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Hanley Fold Farm shows that farmers' markets aren't just about produce. | Cheryl Baehr
       Blue Heron Orchard's Swiss chard displays its vibrant colors. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Blue Heron Orchard's Swiss chard displays its vibrant colors. | Cheryl Baehr
       Shoppers swelter in the record-breaking heat for some end of summer shopping. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Shoppers swelter in the record-breaking heat for some end of summer shopping. | Cheryl Baehr
       4 Seasons Bakery suggests pairing their toasty granola with some yogurt. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        4 Seasons Bakery suggests pairing their toasty granola with some yogurt. | Cheryl Baehr

       Vibrant sweet yellow peppers are the color of the summer sun. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Vibrant sweet yellow peppers are the color of the summer sun. | Cheryl Baehr
       Claverach Farms' red okra: the more mysterious version of its green relative. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Claverach Farms' red okra: the more mysterious version of its green relative. | Cheryl Baehr
       Some hot peppers from Biver Farms adds some spice to the last days of summer. | Cheryl Baehr
  •        Some hot peppers from Biver Farms adds some spice to the last days of summer. | Cheryl Baehr

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