COMMUNITY & CULTURE IN AND AROUND KIRKWOOD Global Foods Market Ready for a grocery store adventure? Every trip to Global can guarantee it! The produce aisle alone introduces you to such exotic greens as bitter melon, bottle gourd, malunggay leaves, and at least four kinds of eggplant. There are enough spices from southeast Asia to create a sculpture of the Taj Mahal, an expansive selection of teas from across continents, a cornucopia of sausages from Eastern Europe, and packed aisles displaying delicacies and other curiosities from more than two dozen countries. Plowsharing Crafts Every little decision counts when it comes to making a difference. This local enterprise, a ministry of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship, mostly staffed by volunteers, provides meaningful income to skilled artisans all over the world by selling only fair-trade products, many of them made with sustainable or recycled materials. This is where you’ll find handcrafted jewelry from the far reaches of Asia, home décor from South America, sandals from Uganda, holiday ornaments from around the world and more. This is our kind of store! Andy’s Frozen Custard We realize this may be construed as sacrilege, but hear us out: Andy’s is a top-notch treat! We recall the days when the only place to get Andy’s was in Osage Beach, Missouri, where it was founded in 1986. And while the brand has expanded to other parts of the country, the quality has remained consistent, with ingredients like real fruit (no syrups or sauces), fresh roasted nuts, and shortcake, brownies, cookies and pie for concretes baked fresh each day. You have to try the blackberry concrete in the summertime. Made with Ozark blackberries, this is the menu item that keeps us coming back for more. THE GINGERBREAD SHOPPE (mid-November to December) A 2,000-square-foot space where you’ll find locally grown poinsettias in different varieties, hand-tied bows, ornaments and other Christmas and holiday décor. It’s also a fun stop for old- fashioned molasses puff, peppermint bark, Christmas tree pretzels and more. FRESH CHRISTMAS TREE LOT (Nov. 18 to Dec. 22) Fresh trees, wreaths and other greenery Powder Valley Walkers, joggers, hikers, bird watchers, nature lovers, rejoice! These 112 acres of oak hickory forest in the middle of the suburbs is a great escape from the daily grind. Three paved trails of varying difficulty offer glimpses of wildlife, as well as hilltops, valleys, a pond and creek. Binoculars are available to borrow at the Nature Center to maximize your bird-watching enjoyment. 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122; (314) 301-1500 KIRKWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (November and December) SAVVY I SOPHISTICATED I SASSY 85