Outdoor Market at Pepper Place
Springtime means it’s time for the 2019 outdoor Market at Pepper Place!
Every Saturday morning through mid‐December, rain or shine, the Market will bring the finest Alabama farmers and food producers, artisans and musicians to the Pepper Place District on 2nd Avenue South, between 28th and 29th Streets from 7 a.m. to noon. Walk, bike, drive or catch a bus and head down with your family, friends and pets. It’s the place to be on the weekends!
Now in its 20th season, the outdoor market welcomes around 100 quality farmers, food producers, artisans and artists from around the state every Saturday, with white tents and carts in two areas: in the parking lot on 2nd Avenue South between 28th and 29th Streets, and along 29th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. Additional tents spill into the Martin Biscuit parking lot on 29th Street next to the patio. Live music plays all morning long on the Porch Stage and on the 29th Street Stage. Chef demos, maker talks, kids’ activities and the misting tent will crank up in a few weeks, with Chef Chris Hastings kicking off the chef demo season May 5 at 9 a.m.
Many of the best‐known Alabama farmers will be at the Market, with a wide variety of locally grown produce.
Don’t miss the spring strawberries and asparagus! You’ll also find broccoli, carrots, cabbage, collards, fennel and kale, lettuces and herbs, mushrooms, radishes, squashes, tomatoes, and gorgeous spring flowers.
Visitors can pick up their favorite morning treats ‐ breakfast burritos from Homewood Gourmet, croissants, breads and pastries from Continental, Hinkel’s and Joyful Food Bakeries, sausage biscuits from Monroe Sausage and Pop’s Neighborhood Grill, hot dishes from Taj India, and juices and ferments from Fresh Squeeze and Better Kombucha.
There’ll be coffee from Red Cat and Seeds Coffee, tea from Tea Town, and treats to enjoy with them ‐ donuts, granola, kettle corn and scones. To take home (or to your friends), shoppers won’t want to miss the pies, pound cakes, puddings and pork skins, salsas, spices, artisan and pimento cheeses, cookies, cheesecakes, ice cream and ice cream pops. Vendors have everything you need to feed your family and stock your fridge and pantry.
The Market at Pepper Place also accepts SNAP/EBT and lets users double their food dollars with Double Up Food Bucks, so they can take home even more fresh fruit and veggies. Information and SNAP tokens are available at the Info Tent.
Once you’ve shopped and had a bite to eat, take time to walk around and discover the unique items created by artisans and makers from all over the state – pottery and planters, cutting boards and wooden spoons, candles and soaps, handmade aprons and tote bags, jewelry, wind chimes, silk screened t‐shirts, artwork and handcrafted jewelry. Select a bouquet of colorful cut flowers grown by Alabama farmers and gardeners, or get your own garden started with ready‐to‐plant seedlings and herbs.
At the Info Tent, visitors can find this year’s newly designed Market t‐shirts, hats, buttons and posters. Also for sale is KNOW THY FARMER, the gorgeous book of photographs and essays that honors the farmers, chefs and customers who have made this Market great.
Fans can also show their support for the Market at Pepper Place, a 501(c)3, by becoming a Friend of the Market. People can sign up at the Info Tent, and at www.pepperplacemarket.com/donate.
When you’re done shopping, grab a seat, relax and enjoy the excitement of this new season for Birmingham. Pepper Place Market is the one spot where, every Saturday, anyone can experience the amazing creativity and diversity in Alabama and directly support farmers, the community and the state by visiting and shopping with them.
There’s plenty of free parking, plus bike racks, a Zyp bike station and local Max bus service.
Pepper Place Entertainment District
Now that the Pepper Place neighborhood is an Entertainment District, visitors can also grab a mimosa, Bloody Mary or other adult beverage in an official Pepper Place Entertainment District cup and walk around the Market. Cantina Tortilla Grill, The Lumbar and OvenBird will all be open with a selection of breakfast bites and drinks to enjoy inside, or anywhere outside as long as you remain within the District. New signage will indicate the District boundaries.
During the Market, you can also explore FarmStand, the new fine food and luxury goods store in the Pepper Place Pop‐Up Shop. And Ignite Cycle is open on 29th St. with the first “soul cycle” studio in Birmingham. Look for exhibition cycle mini‐classes in the chef demo area during the Market April 20 and 27.
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