Last winter, Jennifer Dormuth and Megan Knaus combined their love of farming and knacks for making things into a marketable business and founded Hot Skillet Farms. The two didn’t retire to the country, however. They’re urban farmers with city-sized plots in Benton Park, Benton Park West and Hampton Village.
You’ll find them at Tower Grove Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. “This is our first year,” Dormuth says. “It’s fun meeting people and networking. We just delivered nasturtium blossoms to Clara Moore from Local Harvest Café and Catering for a 100-plate dinner. She found us at the market, and now we’re in the Local Harvest stores as well.”
The day we shopped, offerings from the farms included an interesting red-veined sorrel with a flavor punch and a toothy texture that would pop in any salad. Arugula, mixed greens, palest green kale with delicate red veins and a lemon-y green sorrel nestled in baskets. Fat podded peas waited in small, clear containers, the table a study in shades of green.
Adjacent tables held a bright assortment of market bags, some handsome, others whimsical. Re-usable lunch bags, cleverly packaged soaps and candles, all handmade by Dormuth and Knaus, invited closer inspection. You’ll find vegan soaps at their booth, too. Fashion folks will want to shop their up-cycled clothing and jewelry selections.
They’ve cleverly branded themselves and their products by painting Hot Skillet Farms on the bottom of small cast-iron skillets scattered about. Their cheeky design ethic is evident throughout the booth. We especially liked the torn-paper notebook signs artfully lettered and clothes-pinned to baskets.
Outside of the market, Dormuth and Knaus also install gardens for individuals and businesses.
Hot Skillet Farms, facebook.com/HotSkilletFarms