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Light Three Candles for the Pearl Farmers Market This Saturday


The Pearl Farmers Market turns three on Saturday.

The Pearl Farmers Market, 200 E. Grayson St., celebrates its third birthday this weekend in style.

The fun at the Pearl begins Friday evening with the final Spring Echale! featuring performances from Chico Trujillo, Ana Tijoux and Bombasta. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Then, on Saturday, Pearl marks its birthday with tastings from San Antonio chefs, giveaways and live music for the whole family. It’s a great way to get some last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day.

“Pearl Farmers Market, where each vendor is located within 150 miles of San Antonio, has become a major source of food and fun for our community. For three years, we have connected with the people that grow our food, raised awareness of seasonal eating and the struggles of farming, and brought people together with local food at the center,” said Tatum Evans, Pearl Farmers Market Manager . “We are thankful to the farmers who plant, grow, raise and harvest our food and thankful to the thousands of shoppers who attend market on Saturdays.”

“Going into our third year at Pearl Farmers Market is just as exciting as the very first day we opened. We see new customers every market day who become regular shoppers every Saturday. Local restaurants, individuals, visitors, and families have become part of the Pearl Farmers Market community,” said Cora Lamar, president of the Pearl Farmers Market Association and owner of Oak Hill Farm. “We at Pearl Farmers Market enjoy bringing San Antonio the best LOCAL produce, meats, eggs, and value added foods every Saturday of the year.”

Among the chefs who’ll be on hand are Jeff Balfour (Citrus), John Brand (Las Canarias and Ostra), Chad Carey (The Monterey), Jason Dady (Tre Tratorria, Bin 555, Two Bros. BBQ), Mark Weaver (Tre Trattoria Alamo Heights), Matt Hanck (Tre Tratorria Downtown), PJ Edwards (Bin 555), Jeff Foresman (The Westin), Jason Garcia (Ocho), Steven McHugh (Luke) and Rob Yoas (RoMo’s Café).

Additionally, MesAlegre returns with a complete sensory experience for food enthusiasts with a fantastic lunch prepared by La Gloria’s Johnny Hernandez. There is availability for 40 reservations, please call 210-434-4388 for more information or to make reservations for MesAlegre.

Market hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

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Rain or Shine, Pearl Farmers Market Celebrates 1st Birthday Saturday


Pearl Farmers Market manager Tatum Evans admits that the weather over the past year has been “awful”.

“We’ve had a real struggle,” she says.  But, through good times and bad, “Producers still came to market. It may be that they came with flowers, for instance, instead of vegetables, but they were here.”

Evans says that the market will be open Saturday, regardless of the weather, for the usual 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. hours. “We can put some of the vendors, like those who have products with labels, cheese makers and so forth, under the breezeway,” she said Friday. “The rest of them can set up on the covered walkway,” she said.

Vendors, shoppers and other supporters can look forward to a schedule of celebratory events. There will even be birthday cake.

Evans says she considers the challenging first year a success and looks forward to being open, as a year-around market at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson St., for the next year — “and the next five years and the next 10 years,” Evans said.

Here are some of the plans for tomorrow’s market celebration:

  • A full morning of cooking demonstrations by 10 of San Antonio’s most popular chefs.  These include Hinnerk Von Bargen, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) faculty instructor; Melissa Guerra, cookbook author and owner of the Tienda de Cocina at the Pearl; Jeff Foresman, Zocca/Westin Riverwalk Hotel; Jeff Balfour, Citrus/Hotel Valencia; Luca Della Casa and staff from Pearl restaurant Il Sogno Osteri; Tom Stevens of Cypress Grille; Whole Foods Market; Josh Cross, Olorosso. Also, Jason Dady, The Lodge, Tre Trattoria, Bin 555, Two Bros. BBQ and Insignia and Mark Arriola, of SOGO.
  • The chocolatier/vendor will be making two full-sized sheet cakes that can serve about 240 people and for those avoiding wheat products, there also will be a large, gluten-free cake.
  • The Alamo Community Marching Band will be the musical entertainment for the day. They are going to start out with a march through the market and then perform a concert.
  • Market vendors will be handing out commemorative re-usable water bottles to shoppers while supplies last.

Look for more information on the Pearl Market Farmers Market website.

Photographs by Nicolas Mistry, from Pearl Farmers Market, 2009

Bonnie Walker, SavorSA co-founder and editor, began cooking professionally in her teens, working her way up to sous chef in her twenties. After obtaining a B.S. degree in consumer food services, as well as a B.A. in journalism, she began her newspaper career on a police and courts beat at a daily newspaper in Northern Arizona . For more than 14 years she wrote food, wine and restaurant articles as a staffer for a San Antonio daily newspaper. She now is a freelance editor and culinary writer, and pursues culinary travel as often as she can afford it.

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