GROCERY SHOPPING CIRCA 1779
As promised last week here is the second part of my tour of the Soulard Neighborhood … THE SOULARD FARMERS MARKET. The market is one of the oldest farmers markets in the country. It dates back to 1779 when it was just a flat meadow where farmers would come to sell the fruits, vegetables, dairy products and livestock they had raised to the French settlers and fur traders that made up the population of the village of Saint Louis.
Antoine Soulard owned the land where the meadow was located, and in 1841 after his death his wife Julia officially deeded the two block area where the market was located to the city to be forever used as a farmers market.
The current building was built in 1929 to replace the original 1840 building. The building consists of the Grand Hall which contains a number of stores and shops and two double lanes of exterior stall on either side of the main building.
I got so hungry walking through the market, I had to go across the street to Jimmy John’s for a roast beef sub.
Coming soon, the third episode and conclusion of my Soulard Tourist Trek!