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A classic St. Louis destination is the Soulard Farmers Market in the Soulard neighborhood. The market boasts that it began in 1779 as a place for farmers to sell goods, and became a market officially in 1841. There are two main halls at the Soulard Farmers Market. The original buildings were damaged from a tornado in 1896 and were rebuilt in 1929. Today, the farmers market spans these two buildings and features a variety of foods and goods. Farmers still come to the market to sell fresh fruits and vegetables, but you can also buy fresh flowers, meats and cheeses, and baked goods, ranging from bread to pastries to pies. In addition to fresh food, there are also places to buy tea and coffee, candy, and other artisanal food products. If you’re hungry, stop by one of the cafes or eateries. Finally, you can also buy local, artisanal products such as paintings and other artwork, sports memorabilia, or jewelry. If you don’t feel like buying anything, just wander around the buildings, seeing all the sights and colors, or staring up at the old market building. The Soulard Farmers Market is a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, and you may just find that you become a regular there to get fresh, local products.

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