The sign at the Soulard Market says it’s been open for business since 1779. That’s hooey, but there’s still a lot of history around the old gathering place for anybody wanting the finest fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meats, cheeses, baked goods, flowers, yummy eateries and a variety of general merchandise. The market at 730 Carroll Street in the city’s historic Soulard neighborhood is by far the oldest (since 1838, actually), biggest, and best farmers’ market in St. Louis. Now I have my own stand,
Merkel’s STL Books & Things
Open most Saturdays, the stand features my books about St. Louis, other fine books about St. Louis and thereabouts by Reedy Press as well as fantastic St. Louis T-shirts by STL-Style. As time goes on, I’ll add other products that celebrate the Gateway City and may host some book signings. It’s the perfect match for my main gig of writing books that speak of the glories of our city by the river. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. If you’ve never been to the Soulard Market, it’s an experience. Come by and take a look. I’ll give you a coupon good for $2.50 off my next book The Colorful Characters of St. Louis when it comes out this fall. Maybe you’ll make some history.