Springtime is here, and my kiddos are already asking me when it will be time to go strawberry picking! I eased their disappointment with a trip to our local Farmers Market, one of many kicking off all over KC in April and May. In addition to fresh, local produce, many markets have live entertainment and yummy food samples. The fresh air and education about where food comes from is a bonus!
Brookside Farmers Market: This is definitely a treat for anyone who wants farm-fresh, organic, local (within 100 miles) food. Saturdays, Apr 16-Sept 24, 8am-1pm; Oct 1-Nov 26, 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. Open year-round; 7am-3pm; 20 E 5th St., KCMO (at the heart of KC’s River Market)
KC Organics Farmers Market: Organic family farmers offer a wide variety of locally produced and artisanal products. Saturdays, May-Oct; 8am-12:30pm;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 2-Nov 19; 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 7–Oct 8, 7am–1pm; Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203
Olathe Farmers Market: Two locations offer regionally grown fresh produce, plants and fresh flowers. Saturdays, Apr 23-Oct 22; 7:30am until sold out; Wednesdays, May 18-Sep 28; 7:30am until sold out; 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 9-Sept 24, 7am-1pm; Oct 1-Nov 9, 8am-1pm; Wednesdays, May 18-Sept 28; 7:30am-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 eating 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
Not sure the Farmers Market is for you? Check out the City Market’s handy Harvest Calendar to see what’s in season at any given time.
Photo of the mouth-watering fruit courtesy of City Market, photo of the deliciously ripe tomatoes courtesy of Lee’s Summit Farmers Market. Can’t wait for summer!