From Illinois Business Journal news services
ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Botanical Garden will hold the 24th annual Best of Missouri Market & More on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guests can also enjoy “First Look Friday,” an early chance to shop the Market on Friday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Best of Missouri Market & More is part of the American Arts Experience. Sponsorship is provided by Edward Jones, 103.3 KLOU, Wehrenberg Theatres, Commerce Bank, Schnuck Markets, Inc., Drury Hotels, Edward Jones, Waterway Gas & Wash, The Home Depot and Ronnoco Coffee, LLC.
This year, the market continues to expand and will feature nearly 20 new food vendors and crafters hailing from several
locations, including Oregon, Mississippi, Florida, Michigan and other Midwestern states. More than 120 food producers and artisans are included and there is entertainment for the entire family.
Visitors will enjoy browsing under large tents to discover unique treasures, including fresh produce, children’s products,
cleaning products, plants, herbs, nuts, candies, meats, cheeses, fine wine, seasonings, salsas and baked goods from the
finest farmers and producers. Artisans offer handcrafted items such as furniture, custom jewelry, beauty and bath products,
baskets, garden ornaments, decorative ironwork, photography, pottery and more.
Entertainment will include live music, a food court and a popular Kids’ Corner with activities for children. Enjoy Homegrown Tunes at Linnean Plaza: Beth Bombara will perform on Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Ladue Mountain Boys on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Letter to Memphis on Sunday from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. The Muny Kids will perform on the back steps of Ridgway Visitor Center from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the Best of Missouri Market & More is $12 for adults, $5 for Garden members and $5 for children 3–12 years
old. Children 2 and under are free. The price of admission includes general admission to the Best of Missouri Market &
More, general admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden and one copy of the souvenir Market Directory.
Receive free admission for two adults and all children 12 and younger by becoming a member of the Garden or renewing a Garden membership at the 2015 Best of Missouri Market & More. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Learn more at www.mobot.org/membership.
The Missouri Botanical Garden, located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., will present the Market under outdoor tents, 2015, rain or shine. Free parking is available on Garden grounds or on the lots one block west of the Garden at Vandeventer and Shaw. The Missouri Botanical Garden will provide continuous free shuttles to the Garden for Best of Missouri Market & More guests.
For more convenient parking, use MetroLink and Metro Bus transportation. For directions or more details about the event, call (314) 577-5100 or 1 (800) 642-8842 toll free or visit www.mobot.org.