The Market at Pepper Place was established in 2000 in response to a growing need to help small family farms, and provide a connection between these family farmers and the people of Birmingham, Alabama.
From our beginning with a few tents in the center parking lot of Pepper Place, we have now grown to more than 100 tents spread across parking lots and streets around Pepper Place. Our attendance has grown at times to over 10,000 people per Saturday at the height of the season. Originally running from mid-May until early October, our market now operates year-round.
All of our vendors are based in Alabama, from a geographic range of up to 200 miles from The Market. All of the farmers who sell to you at The Market are the actual growers, joined by their family members and friends. Often we see three generations working the market together; evidence that our farmer markets are making a difference in the viability of small Alabama family farms.
The Market offerings change with the seasons, with wonderful bedding plants, herbs, lettuces, asparagus, and strawberries in the spring, and blackberries, blueberries, peaches, mushrooms, sweet corn, and tomatoes in summer, to name a few. As we progress into fall, we see a variety of root vegetables, squashes, greens, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and wonderful greenery to decorate for the holidays. We also offer cheeses, eggs, meats, honey, bread, pastries and canned goods from an array of vendors.
We have great bakers and cooks who serve food to eat and take home, from breakfast burritos and sausage biscuits to pimento cheese, soups, and barbecue.
Throughout the season, The Market hosts Alabama artists, artisans, and craftspeople with unique items to decorate your home and offer as gifts.