The St. Matthews Farmers Market is a vibrant, community-oriented operation which takes place each Saturday from mid-May until October on the grounds of Beargrass Christian Church. More than 60 regular vendors and alternates from the surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana are at the market each week. The variety of produce, plants, flowers, and more reflects the area’s growing season and harvest times. In addition to the farmers, a small group of area craftsmen participate. The market is a Kentucky Proud market. The guiding principals of the market are to provide high-quality food and products from local producers, bring farm-fresh food to the East End community, support small farmers who care for the land, and create a community gathering space with prepared foods, live music, and special events.
Volunteers have an integral role in the success of the market. A part-time market manager is the only paid position. Volunteers are involved in operations, marketing, special events, and parking. There is a gleaning program, in which the producers donate goods they have left at the end of the market day to be transported by volunteers to local food banks and other charities. To find out more about the market, go to the Farmers Market website.