- Location: St. Louis, Missouri
- Website: soulardmarket.com
- Founded: 1779
- Founded by: Julia Cerre Soulard
- Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri
Top Chef Competitions and the word "organic" shows up more frequently on stall signs, but overall, it's still the same old Soulard.
The "oldest farmers market west of the Mississippi" is open year-round on Wednesdays through Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 7 am to 5:30 pm. Originally a French trading post, the market took shape in its current location after Julia Cerre Soulard donated two half-blocks to the city for the creation of a permanent market. According to local historians:
- "The first structure was built on the site in 1843 by a private joint venture of farmers and vendors, who sold shares to build a one-story red brick building on the eastern of the two half blocks. During the Civil War years the local military commander declared martial law throughout the city. The grounds of Soulard Market were pressed into duty as a military encampment of pro-Union guards, charged with enforcing martial law. Since then the market has had a long and varied history, through tornado damage, urban beautification during the "City Beautiful" movement of 1909-11, the construction of a new building in 1928-29, the threat of demolition for new development, decline into slum conditions, and comeback beginning in the 1970s."