Living in the Moment – Nature is Good for the ‘Soul’ – 2014

OLD MAN WINTER IS FINALLY GONE…AT LEAST IN MOST PARTS OF THE USA.

GRAB THE KIDS OR NOT AND CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO VISIT AT LEAST ONE NEW PLACE THIS YEAR THAT YOU’VE NEVER BEEN TO. 

  • Spirit of St. Louis Air Show – May 3-4, 2014

http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/

 

  • Visit Farmers Markets (aboutstlouis.com)

Clayton Farmers Market

The Clayton Farmers Market is a popular destination for St. Louis County residents. It has all kinds of organic and locally produced food including breads, cheeses, fruits, veggies and honey. You’ll also find candles, ornaments, cookbooks and gourmet dog treats. The mission of the Clayton Market is to promote all things local, so you can be sure what you’re buying was produced, grown or hand crafted in Missouri or Illinois. The Clayton Farmers Market is located at 8282 Forsyth Boulevard on the Straub’s parking lot.

Tower Grove Farmers Market & Bazaar

Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis is a beautiful location for a farmers market. Each Saturday morning you’ll find crowds of shoppers buying tomatoes, peaches, corn, blackberries and more. The list of food vendors can change from week to week, but there’s always a wide variety of local and organic produce, breads and cheeses. The Tower Grove Market is located west of the Pool Pavillion in Tower Grove Park.

Alton Farmers & Artisans Market

On your next trip to Alton, consider making a stop at the Alton Farmers & Artisans Market. You’ll find a large selection of hand-picked produce, plants, crafts, jewelry and other local artwork. The Alton Market is located at the corner of Piasa and 9th Street in Alton, Illinois.

Land of Goshen Community Market

The Goshen Market in Edwardsville is another good option for anyone looking for local produce and products. The Market has dozens of vendors selling organic fruits and veggies, farm fresh eggs, wild berries, fresh-cut herbs and other food stuffs. You’ll also find hand-woven baskets, jewelry, pottery, lotions and soaps. When you’re done shopping, take some time to enjoy the live music and craft demonstrations. The Goshen Market is located on St. Louis Street, next to the courthouse in downtown Edwardsville.

Schlafly Farmers Market

Dozens of vendors set up shop every Wednesday at Schlalfy Bottleworks in Maplewood. They offer a variety of local and organic produce, as well as goat cheese, grass fed beef, honey and more. You can also enjoy a cold Schlafly beer and live music (beginning in May) while you shop. The Schlafly Farmers Market is located at Schlafly Bottleworks at 7260 Southwest Avenue.

Ferguson Farmers Market

The Ferguson Farmers Market was chosen as the 2005-’06 Missouri Farmers Market of the Year by AgriMissouri. One reason may be the fresh food. When farmers at the Ferguson Market say their produce is fresh, they mean fresh. That’s because fruits and veggies are picked within 24 hours of being sold. The Market also sells homemade jellies, nuts, spices, and organic meats. The Ferguson Farmers Market is located at 20 South Florissant at the Victorian Plaza.

 

Best Farmers Market in Missouri:

Rural Missouri Magazine 2013

1st place – Columbia’s Farmers Market

2nd Place – Soulard Market in St. Louis

3rd Place – Editor’s choice: Downtown Sikeston Market

 

  • Visit STATE PARKS:

http://mostateparks.com/activity/hiking

In 2013, Missouri park visitors joined more than 12,000 Missourians in completing more than one million miles as part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge. Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon initiated the challenge to celebrate Missouri’s distinction as a “Best Trails State” and to encourage Missourians to get outside and get active.

For more information on the challenge see your local state park for details or visit 100missourimiles.com.

  • Katy Trail Fact Sheet

1. There are shuttle services, which will carry you and your bike from one point to another.

2. It is possible to ride Amtrak with your bike to some point on the trail and then pedal back from that point.

3. Camping is not allowed along the trail, however there are several private campground and public parks that allow camping.

4. Bikes can be rented at several businesses along the trail.

5. The trail is flat and easily reached by wheelchair from most of the trailheads. Specialized equipment can be rented at the Katy Bike Rental in Defiance which offers wheelchair bike and handcycles.

6. The Missouri state park system does not charge entrance fees. There are fees associated with camping, lodging, tours, museums, and certain special events.

7. Pets must be kept on leaches at all times. Pets, other than service dogs, are not allowed in any state park/historic site building including cabins and motels.

8. The Missouri state parks are open year-round. Generally, water is turned off in most of the campgrounds Nov. 1 and turned on again April 1. The electricity is on year-round.

9. Information in Missouri state parks can be found at www.mostateparks.com.

10. More information on the Katy Trail can be found at www.bikekatytrail.com. There are also several very good guidebooks in print.

 

  • Enter Missouri Snapshots 2014 Contest – DEADLINE October 31, 2014

 

Food Trucks in Frontier Park

Location: Frontier Park 500 South Riverside Drive, St. Charles Time: 5:00P – 8:00P

http://www.stcharlesparks.com/473/special-events/food-trucks-in-frontier-park.php

 

From “grassroots to grand scale,” you can help mark St. Louis’ milestone by joining events throughout the year that range from small neighborhood gatherings to festivals in packed entertainment venues!  stl250 serves as the master of ceremonies for the 2014 celebration, and invites the region’s citizens, businesses and institutions to share their stories and commemoration plans!

 

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