Reviews for: Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market

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Prices all the same despite vendor or quality
By: bill dautrieve    (Aug 2, 2014)

I don't understand how 10 or 20 Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market vendors can all have the same prices on fresh veggies and fruit. I didn't see as much as a nickel's difference. I've never seen that at Soulard, Wood River, Webster Groves, Kirkwood, Jerseyville, Tower Grove, or Overland farmers' markets.

The new location is nice, with lots of parking and more vendors.

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Nancy Reike says:    (Dec 10, 2014)

They have their prices in line with each other so NO ONE gets bent out of shape and they can all be fair to each other. There is a deeply HUGE inequality at all of the other Farm Markets in the area. And it is DEEPLY unfair to other vendors when they are undercut so they can not make profit. EVERY GROWER WORKS HARD!, and deserves to profit from their labor. But when you have a bunch of jerks who try to undercut their peers EVERYONE gets unhappy. That is no way to have a fair market. This way everyone can have peace and harmony. THAT IS WHAT MAKES A MARKET GOOD and run well. My hat is off to them. Vendors .Good for you! and Thanks for all your hard work.

Delicious and Delightful!
By: Laura Asher    (Jul 10, 2010)

I have been patronizing the Alton Farmer's Market for several years, since it is the nearest to my home. This morning was the first time I had made it down this season, and I was blown away!

There were about 40 booths set up, with lots of fruits, veges, and handmade items. I was excited to see that there were plenty of Calhoun peaches available (the *best* you will taste), as well as berries, tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, potatoes, etc. I was pleased to find some heirloom varieties present, as well! There were also baked goods, farm fresh eggs, canned pickles and jellies, flowers and herbs, a few native plants, and pretties like jewelry, crochet, and pottery. The prices were *very* reasonable, the vendors were friendly, and the quality was excellent!

I'll let you know what I bought, just as an illustration: a lovely lampworked glass pendant necklace, a quart of sweet peaches, 2 lbs. of early blue plums, a quart of doughnut peaches, a quart of golden plums (by far my fav find!), a dozen ears of sweet corn, a light wheat baguette, an apple pie, a gooey butter cake, and a quart of honey. Are you drooling yet? I wish I could post a picture to show you how gorgeous everything was! The smells as I drove home were intoxicating.

I was so inspired by my experience this morning that I had to log in here and add a review. The Alton Farmer's Market has really grown, and it is definitely worth checking out! I know that not every vendor plans to come every week, so some things may be hit and miss at this market. It has a core group of regulars, though, and I hope that many of the vendors that I met today will return. Note that the vendors are definitely packed up and gone by noon, so make sure you are there early enough to brows all the wares!

My whole family enjoyed the experience today. Give it a try ~ I think you will, too!

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There are some really good deals
By: Laura Stresemann    (Jun 25, 2009)

The honey guy is great! Local honey at a reasonable price in a variety of sizes.

The guys with the hosta's A-OK good prices and good stock

I like the spot where they are now located, better parking and access and it seems like more vendors are able to set up this way.

Wish they had a longer season May-November would be great.

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Care2 Review: We love this market!
By: Judy M.    (Jun 23, 2009)

I love the Calhoun peaches and necturines! My father was born in Calhoun and I feel as though I am supporting his memory as well as the community!

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Care2 Review: We love this market!
By: Megan C.    (Jun 19, 2009)

I think i t is great that local wares and veggy's have a place to be displayed. It is making our town a better place.

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Care2 Review: We love this market!
By: Christine F.    (Jun 19, 2009)

The Farmers and the Artisians are always so welcoming and provide such a good selection!

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