It’s been a beautiful spring, full of sunshine and April showers. While we enjoy the outdoors and wait for those May flowers to come up, the time is also here to enjoy some fresh, local produce. Many local markets are opening up with the promise of local produce to fill our families’ stomachs. You can enjoy live entertainment (at many area markets) yummy food samples, and fresh air all at the same time!
Bad Seed Farmers Market: Get a taste of Urban Farm life and promote urban farm sustainability every Friday from 4-9pm; May 1-Nov 20, 2015; Crossroads District, 1909 McGee, KCMO
Brookside Farmers Market: This is definitely a treat for anyone who wants farm-fresh, organic, local (within 100 miles) food. Saturdays, Apr 18-Oct 31, 8am-1pm; Nov 7-21, 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; Mar- Oct: Sat. 6am-3pm; Sun. 8am-3pm; Nov-Feb: Sat. 8am-3pm; Sun. 8am-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); Keep checking their website for a Leawood location, coming soon
Olathe Farmers Market: Featuring 2 locations this year. Saturdays, Apr 18-Oct 24; 7:30am until sold; Wednesdays, May 6-Sep 30; 7:30am until sold; 200 W. Santa Fe; Poplar and Kansas in downtown Olathe & new location at Black Bob Park, 14500 W 151st, Field 1
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 18-Nov 21: 7am-1pm thru Sep 26, 8am-1pm beginning Oct 3; Wednesdays, May 20-Sep 30: 7:30am-1 pm; Evening Markets from 4-7pm June 3, July 1 & Aug 5; 7950 Marty St., Overland Park, KS (between 79th & 80th Street, 2 blocks west of Metcalf)
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
Troostwood Youth Garden & Market: Talk about a great way to expose your kids to the power of working together to support healthy communities! Neighborhood youth work to grow and sell the wide assortment of fresh vegetables at this market. All foods are grown on-site using organic methods. Late May-late October: Wednesdays, 1-6pm; Fridays, 3-8pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm; 5142 Paseo, KCMO
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 this mouth-watering fruit courtesy of City Market.