Fresh Thyme opens Green Park location Wednesday

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Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market will open its Green Park location Wednesday, kicking off a week of festivities in honor of the grand opening.

The organic grocery store opens at the former site of the Tesson Ferry Branch County Library, 9920 Lin Ferry Drive.

Doors open to the public at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, when the first 250 shoppers in line will receive a free bag of groceries. Every 100th customer throughout the day will receive their groceries for free at checkout.

A ribbon-cutting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday will feature representatives from the South County Chamber of Commerce, the Affton Chamber of Commerce and the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Area Chamber of Commerce.

The south county location is Fresh Thyme’s fourth store in Missouri. The latest opening is part of Fresh Thyme’s rapid Midwest expansion with scheduled openings in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and other new markets.

The slate of activities on Wednesday includes:

Muffin Man (5:30 to 7 a.m.)
Welcome speech by store director (6:50 a.m.)

Activities Include:
Balloon Animals and Face Painting (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Boar’s Head Hot Dog Cart (Noon to 3 p.m.)
Live Music with John Scott (5 to 8 p.m.)

Thursday, Oct. 12
Kids’ Activity with Kiwanis Club of Crestwood-Sunset Hills (9 to 11 a.m.)
Live Music with Mr. Parker’s Band (5 to 8 p.m.)
Beer Tasting (5 to 7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 13
Kids’ Activity with Angels’ Arms (9 to 11 a.m.)
Live Music with Perry Thebeau (5 to 8 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 14
Balloon Animals and Face Painting (Noon to 4 pm)
Live Music with John Scott (Noon to 4 p.m.)
Boar’s Head Hot Dog Cart (Noon to 3 p.m.)
Kids’ Crafts with South County YMCA (Noon to 2 p.m.)

“Fresh Thyme is passionate about their connections to the local community, from stocking local products and produce to hiring local residents and partnering with nonprofit efforts that benefit the residents,” the store said in the release. “To further express its commitment to the south county community, Fresh Thyme will donate store sales from Boar’s Head hot dog proceeds to the Kiwanis Club of South County. In addition, Fresh Thyme will make a $2,500 donation to Angels’ Arms, an organization dedicated to providing and supporting loving homes for foster children, and the Lindbergh High School Band.”

Fresh Thyme is a rapidly growing Midwest specialty retailer focused on healthy and organic products and groceries. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen and health supplement products, according to a news release.