farmers' markets http://news.stlpublicradio.org en North City Farmers’ Market Starts Music Series To Attract More African American Shoppers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/north-city-farmers-market-starts-music-series-attract-more-african-american-shoppers <p>The <a href="http://northcityfarmersmarket.blogspot.com/">North City Farmers’ Market</a> in St. Louis is in a neighborhood where the majority of its residents are African American.&nbsp; It’s been a challenge, however, to attract more of them to the market every week.</p><p>Community organizers are attempting to change that. Their idea is to feature African American musicians with the hope that shoppers will follow.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:43:57 +0000 Erin Williams 27923 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org North City Farmers’ Market Starts Music Series To Attract More African American Shoppers Number of Ill. farmers' markets accepting electronic payment to double http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/number-ill-farmers-markets-accepting-electronic-payment-double <p><em>Brian Mackey of Illinois Public Radio reported for this story.</em></p><p>The number of Illinois farmers&#39; markets that accept electronic payment is expected to double under a new federal grant.&nbsp; The program pays for machines that can swipe credit, debit and Link cards -- the modern version of food stamps.</p><p>Josh Dotson&#39;s family has been selling produce at farmers&#39; markets for decades.</p><p>Dotson sells at markets that already accept Link cards, and he says it&#39;s brought new customers.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:01:09 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 4175 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Number of Ill. farmers' markets accepting electronic payment to double City of St. Louis unveils plan to renovate the Soulard Market and Park http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-st-louis-unveils-plan-renovate-soulard-market-and-park <p>The City of St. Louis has unveiled its plan to renovate the Soulard Market and Park.</p><p>Physical improvements would include completely enclosing the market, expanding parking options and adding signage that distinguishes venders that are selling locally grown food from vendors that are reselling produce or other food items.</p><p>The farmers market would be open all weekend, too.</p><p>Citing a survey indicating strong customer demand, the market would shift from being open Wednesday through Saturday to Thursday through Sunday.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:02:41 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4005 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org City of St. Louis unveils plan to renovate the Soulard Market and Park Metro Transit Centers to house farmers' markets http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-transit-centers-house-farmers-markets <p>Starting next month, passengers who ride MetroLink or Metro buses will be be able to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables at certain transit centers.</p><p>The mass transit agency is partnering with the Sappington Farmers Market community program, Mobile Market, to sell locally-grown farm foods in areas where nearby residents have little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables.</p><p>The stops are:</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 21:28:22 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3084 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro Transit Centers to house farmers' markets County health director proposes longer farmers' market permits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/county-health-director-proposes-longer-farmers-market-permits <p>St. Louis County is considering changing farmers&rsquo; markets ordinances to make it easier for food venders to do business.&nbsp;Instead of a $35 permit which lasts two weeks, the new permits would last seven-months, and cost $75.&nbsp;</p><p>St. Louis County Health Department&nbsp;Director&nbsp;Dolores Gunn says the seven-month length &ndash; as opposed to a year &ndash;&nbsp;is intended to prevent abuses of the system.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:22:21 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3074 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org County health director proposes longer farmers' market permits 2011 a good year for local food in St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/2011-good-year-local-food-st-louis <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997896.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997896.mp3</a></p><p>As 2011 comes to a close, St. Louis Public Radio is taking a look back at the things and people that have had a good year. In the St. Louis region, local food--both the production and demand--makes that list.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:35:12 +0000 Maria Altman 2731 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 2011 a good year for local food in St. Louis