Arnold Farmers Market

It looks like the Arnold Farmers Market will return to its home at Arnold City Park on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Since the market opened for the season on May 4, it has been held at the Arnold Recreation Center, 1695 Missouri State Road, because of flooding at the park.

Market manager Teresa Kohut said plans call for the market to be moved back to the park this week, though. The market is held at the front of the park, which is on Bradley Beach Road off Jeffco Boulevard near the Meramec River.

“I’m so excited,” Kohut said of returning the market to the city park. “It’s the best news of the season, other than homegrown tomatoes coming in.”

The Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 19.

The city originally wanted to return the market to the park on July 20. However, floodwaters had stripped the grass from the area used for parking near the market and rain turned the dirt to mud, so the market had to remain at the rec center for two additional weekends.

“The grass is starting to return,” Kohut said July 25. “We should be fine.”

The market will hold its Salsa Festival, including two contests, on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The event is sponsored Chili’s Grill and Bar, 901 Arnold Commons Drive.

A home-made salsa contest will be held, with the first-prize winner taking home a $100 Chili’s gift certificate. The second-place winner will receive a $75 gift certificate, and the third-place winner will get a $50 gift certificate.

There also will be a tomato contest with the owner of the biggest tomato receiving a $25 Chili’s gift certificate.

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