Market Projects and Outreach
An initiative led by UAB with other major partners to measurably improve the health outcomes of all Alabamians by 2030, Live HealthSmart Alabama and the Market work together on LHSA’s Mobile Grocery, increasing food access, nutrition education and healthy communities locally and across the state.
A partnership between the Project for Public Spaces and the Market at Pepper Place, Market Cities Birmingham is building a network of support for farmers markets and others operating in the greater Birmingham area, with funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Protective Life and the City of Birmingham.
FOOD+Culture has been established by locals for locals to showcase the best of Birmingham. The Market at Pepper Place is proud to partner with Food+ as we work toward building a better Birmingham via a platform focused on food and the dynamic, diverse cultures found here.
Sponsored by BlueCross and BlueShield of Alabama, In The Kitchen live demos and events happen every Saturday from May to October.
Beginning at 9:00 am, a local chef, food producer, grower or food expert hosts a live presentation or cooking demo related to fresh seasonal food. Tips and instructions using seasonal ingredients are provided! The host will interact with the audience, offer free food samples, answer questions, and share printed copies of recipes and information discussed.
We’re proud to continue our partnership with the Society of St. Andrews-Alabama gleaning program, End Hunger to reduce waste at the end of each market day. Farmers offer their unsold fruits and veggies to gleaning volunteers at the end of each market day. The produce is donated to Birmingham-metro food pantries. Thank you, farmers and thank you, volunteers for helping to end hunger!
Accepting SNAP benefits is a concrete and meaningful way for The Market to act upon our values of improving access to healthy foods and work toward a healthier city. Thanks to Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University, the Market will also match SNAP dollars with free Double Up Food Bucks per market day!
Sweet Grown Alabama is a non-profit foundation that enhances marketing opportunities for Alabama farmers by connecting retailers and consumers to Alabama grown foods and other agriculture products. We’re proud to be a member of Sweet Grown Alabama, as we work together to connect Alabama farmers and families with the local community.
We believe supporting nonprofits means supporting the community. For more than two decades, the Market at Pepper Place has actively supported and encouraged nonprofits making a difference in the Birmingham-metro area and beyond. As we renew the commitment to our mission of creating a vibrant local economy, we’re pleased to feature a local nonprofit in the Community Partners tent every Saturday.
This September will be the 7th consecutive year of celebrating Women In Food all month long. The month-long spotlight on our growing community of women chefs, food producers, growers, dietitians, mixologists, authors, stylists, writers and caters is in partnerships with Les Dames d’Escoffier, Birmingham Chapter and sponsored by Jones Walker. Each Saturday, different food specialties with a top woman chef leading the “In The Kitchen” cooking demonstrations will feature a different theme from around the world.
Throughout each season, the market will dedicate special days to celebrate Alabama produce and events that are popular and important to our vendors and community. Annual events at the Market a great way to focus on the season, so enjoy events like Sweet Grown Alabama Day, Earth Day featuring Drive Electric Alabama and Rails-to-Trails, Tomato Day featuring Alabama-grown tomatoes with tastings and activities, and Pumpkin Day to celebrate local fall crops with decoration stations for kids.