When crafting this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, why resort to canned goods, frozen vegetables, and grocery-store produce from afar? Add the flavor back into your food by using fresh, organic produce from your local area. While many of the region’s farmers markets and fresh produce stands are closed for the season, we have the lowdown on where you can still get flavorful homegrown fruits and vegetables and other goods. If you’d like to spice up your Thanksgiving meal, check out one of the following markets in the St. Louis area.
Historic Soulard Farmers Market
One of the best farmers markets in the area is Soulard Farmers Market, located at 720 Carroll St. in St. Louis. Because the market is closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, you’ll need to get your produce Wednesday through Saturday. The market is an amalgam of area vendors and farmers, all selling their handcrafted wares and freshly grown produce and other foods. When you arrive, park along Lafayette Street or Carroll Street, or grab a coveted spot in the free parking lot across the street.
Once you’re inside, check out the northwest wing to see the local farmers, produce vendors, dry goods, and peanuts, or stop by the southeast wing for other organic produce, cheese, baked goods, and pastas. The market also has plenty of meat and fish vendors for tasty turkey alternatives.
If you’ve owned a Toyota in the past, you probably know all about Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). For those who are unfamiliar, TSS was one of the first standard safety packages in the auto manufacturing world available on even the base trim level of all Toyota vehicles. It provided many sophisticated active and passive driver technologies, including lane departure alert and pre-collision with automatic emergency braking. Now, TSS 2.0 is making its debut, with all-new features to keep you even safer behind the wheel.
Full-Speed Version of Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) was available in the first version of TSS, but the manufacturer has made some potent upgrades to the technology. In particular, DRCC can now assist drivers at much higher speeds, with a full range of 0 to 110 mph. DRCC works by using radar and a camera to monitor traffic in front of you, slowing or speeding up your car automatically to maintain a safe distance while on the highway.
Brakes are one part of your car you really don’t want to mess around with. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, brake-related problems accounted for about 22 percent of car crashes related to critical vehicle issues between 2005 to 2007. Therefore, you should always keep your brakes up to date to prevent a serious and potentially deadly incident. Here are the most important signs that signify it’s time to replace your brakes.
Screeching or Grinding Noise
If you’ve ever driven a car for a number of years, you’re probably familiar with the drawn-out whine that accompanies dying brakes. This torturous sound is created when your brake pad is beginning to wear down. If you ignore the sound and keep on traveling around town, you’ll eventually hear a grinding — this means you’re worn through your brake pad entirely and the metal of the brake caliper is rubbing directly on the metal of your rotor. Without timely replacement, this will also destroy your rotors, leading to a costlier trip to the mechanic.
St. Louis is a beautiful city with many outdoor sights. Unfortunately, if it’s a rainy day, you might have to skip some of the outdoor activities you had planned. Check out a few of these alternative indoor attractions to keep yourself entertained.
The World Aquarium is located at 810 Lumiere Place Blvd. and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Entry to the museum costs $8 for adults and $6 for children. The World Aquarium was built specifically for families and children to interact with aquatic creatures and reptiles. Children will have fun petting stingrays and sharks or putting their hands in the middle of a school of doctor fish. The museum also holds snakes, lizards, and turtles.