Every Saturday, 2nd Avenue South in downtown Birmingham is transformed into a vibrant farmer’s market, with vendors and customers alike flooding the street, creating the Market at Pepper Place.
This tradition is well loved by the Birmingham community, with college students, young families and local restaurants coming together to explore the market.
When COVID-19 struck, Pepper Place responded with a drive-thru market system, striving to continue providing the community with “fresh, locally grown food and to continue supporting small Alabama farmers and local businesses,” as seen on their website. Today, the market offers many in-person vendors for those who prefer to do their shopping in person, as long as you follow the pandemic guidelines: mask up, keep your distance, and refrain from touching anything you won’t be purchasing.
However, even with vaccines rolling out steadily and the end of mask mandates in sight, the Market at Pepper Place, like many businesses, is struggling to stay afloat.
On their website, they are asking for our community’s continued support. In addition to shopping at the market during these abnormal times, Pepper Place asks that people consider becoming a “Friend of The Market,” donating additional funds “to ensure The Market will be here for generations to come.”
This Saturday, The Market is open from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon, rain or shine. You can find a list of their curbside and outdoor vendors on their website, pepperplacemarket.com. Help us keep this Birmingham staple alive!