Another year, another farmers market guide, so you and your family can enjoy fresh, locally produced food and enjoy the fun that surrounds our many area markets this growing season!
Bonner Springs Farmers Market: Featuring fresh produce, homemade/locally grown meats, dairy, salsas and pickles, spices, and more! Open Saturdays, 8am-noon, beginning May 6; Kelly Murphy Park, Bonner Springs, Kansas 66012
Brookside Farmers Market: This is definitely a treat for anyone who wants farm-fresh, organic, local (within 100 miles) food. Saturdays, Apr 15-October, 8am-1pm; November, 9am-noon; 63rd St. & Wornall Road, KCMO
City Market: Features an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions, including concerts, festivals and other special events. April-October: Saturdays, 6am-3pm; Sundays, 8am-3pm; Wednesdays (June-August), 2-6pm; November-March: 8am-3pm; 20 E 5th St., KCMO (at the heart of KC’s River Market)
KCK Farmers Markets: Also known as KCK Green Market, this network of three KCK-area farmers markets features locally grown food, June-October, 7:30am until sold out at the following locations/days: Tuesdays, Catholic Charities, 2220 Central Ave., KCK; Wednesdays, 6th Street & Barnett, KCK; Thursdays: Campus Blvd & Argentine Ln., KCK
KC Organics Farmers Market: Organic family farmers offer a wide variety of locally produced and artisanal products. Saturdays, May-Oct; 8am-12:30pm; stay tuned for a new Leawood location. Minor Park, just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (111th Street), KCMO
Lee’s Summit Farmers Market: Located at the corner of Second & Douglas streets in Downtown Lee’s Summit, the market offers more than 50 vendors featuring a variety of fresh produce, plants, meat, baked goods, and handmade crafts. Apr 1-Nov 18; Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am to sell-out. SE 2nd St & SE Douglas St, Lees Summit, MO 64063
Merriam Farmers Market: Baked goods, fresh produce and crafts, with easy walking trail access to Warner Park. Saturdays, May 6–Oct 14, 7am–1pm; Wednesdays, June 7-August 30, 5-8pm. Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203
Olathe Farmers Market: Two locations offer regionally grown fresh produce, plants and fresh flowers. Saturdays, Apr 29-Oct 21; 7:30am until sold out; Wednesdays, May 10-Sep 19; 7:30am until sold out; Two locations: Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Road and Black Bob Park, 14500 W 151 St., Olathe, KS
Overland Park Farmers Market: Features a variety of produce and other foods, and offers cooking demonstrations and other live entertainment on select dates. Saturdays, Apr 15-September, 7am-1pm; Wednesdays, May 17-Sept 27; 7:30am-1pm; Oct 1-Nov 18, 8am-1pm; 7950 Marty St., Overland Park, KS (between 79th & 80th Street, 2 blocks west of Metcalf)
Raytown Farmers Market: Shop local, producer-only vendors, enjoy fresh baked goods, and listen to local musicians for a little relaxation. Opens in May; Thursdays 3-6pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm; 6210 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO 64133
Shawnee Farmers Market: Offering a variety of farm-fresh produce. Saturdays, May-Oct, 7am-4pm; City Hall Parking Lot, Nieman Rd & Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS
There are several additional neighborhood markets in the KC area as well; go to www.localharvest.org for more information.
Photos courtesy of Lee’s Summit Farmers Market.