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It may seem hard to believe with all this snow and cold we’ve had this week, but farmer’s market season is right around the corner!! *Happy Dance!!*

Yea, I am a bit excited. To me, there is nothing better than getting to look at glorious piles of produce and shopping from local vendors! Not only do you get fresh, delicious produce, but you support local businesses and farmers too! Total win-win!

I recently thought that I had to live without all this wondrous excitement during the winter months, but then I remember I’m in St. Louis! Where things are open all year round (like the zoo!)

So a few months ago, I went searching to see if there were any farmer’s market that still took place during this time of year. And I found not just one, but TWO! One is the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market, the other is Schlafly Farmer’s Market. Both are only held once a month Nov-March.

Back in January, a fellow dietetics intern and myself where able to visit the Schlafly Farmer’s Market. It is held year-round at the Schlafly Bottleworks location. While the market is outdoors during the summer, it is brought indoors during the winter to allow you to shop through the vendors in comfort!

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I was quite impressed how with many vendors they had, even though it is technically farmer’s market off-season and it was indoors. There were vendors selling honey, coffee, baked goods, eggs, meat, and even organic vegetable seeds (which I really want to pick up for when planting starts in the Concordia Community Gardens across from Cotta!)

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Inside Schlafly Bottleworks is also a cute little restaurant, which is also open during the farmer’s market serving up brunch.  What a wonderful trip it would be to go have brunch and shop the farmer’s market!?

Now that I have you all excited, I should probably let you know that the Farmer’s Market is happening this Saturday, February 28th from 8:30AM – 12:00PM. I would definitely advice getting there early. It gets quite crowded.

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For more information, go to their website. And if you want to stay in the know about the rest of St. Louis’ farmer’s markets, check out this list on STLToday.com.

Also, be sure to check out my personal health and wellness blog, The Wholey Trinity.  I also love connecting on Twitter or Instagram! (I just posted some awesome pics from a catering event myself a few interns did on campus. Be sure to check out the delicious food!)

-XOXO Hannah

 

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Something that I have come to love about Fontbonne is its Dedicated Semester every Fall Semester. The Dedicated Semester is something fairly unique to Fontbonne and features a broad topic that gives the Fontbonne Community a chance to learn about and discuss the topic through various classes, activities, and events. This year’s Dedicated Semester is “Foodology: The Culture, Economics, and Science of Food.” I knew that I would love this topic as soon as I found out about it. However, I have learned that I really don’t know a whole lot about food.

This past Wednesday, I went to a talk at Schlafly Bottleworks where a family came in to talk about their farm and what it’s like growing some of their own food.

Coming from the suburbs of Chicago, I’m always amazed by people who are able to grow and produce their own food.

The Biula Family even brought some tomato samples from their farm to share with the audience.

This Dedicated Semester has also motivated me to explore new foods on my own. For example, thanks to a local company called NeighborGood Foods, I recently received a basket of fresh local produce from different farms around the area. And I love them even more, because they deliver right to my residence hall on campus!

Another event that I participated in for the Dedicated Semester was a trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, which is one of my favorite St. Louis attractions.

We took a tour through some of the areas with people who work/volunteer there and learned about some of the things they’ve been doing at the Gardens.

Some other fun happenings at Fontbonne/around St. Louis:

Fontbonne now has a Quidditch Team/Club (you’ll understand if you like Harry Potter)!

And the Great Forest Park Balloon Race also recently happened! It’s one of my favorite festivals of the year.

Until next time…
Peace, Love, & the Energizer Bunny!

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