If you love fresh food as much as I do, chances are you’re excited about the chance to buy beautiful fresh-picked produce at some KC area farmers’ markets this growing season. Many local markets have opened – or are opening soon. After all, with great food samples and even some live entertainment at some, it’s a great way to get food for the week and keep your kids occupied on a beautiful Saturday morning!
City Market: Features an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions, including concerts, festivals and other special events. Mar- Oct: Sat. 6am-3pm; Sun. 8am-3pm; 20 E 5th St., KCMO (at the heart of KC’s River Market)
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 12-Nov 22: 6:30am-1pm thru Sep 27, 8am-1pm beginning Oct 4; Wednesdays, May 21-Sep 24: 7:30am-1 pm; Evening Markets from 4-7pm June 11, July 3 & Aug 11; 7950 Marty St., Overland Park, KS (between 79th & 80th Street, 2 blocks west of Metcalf)
Bad Seed Farmers Market: Get a taste of Urban Farm life and promote urban farm sustainability every Friday from 4-9pm; May 2-Nov 21, 2012; Crossroads District, 1909 McGee, KCMO
KC Organics Farmers Market: Organic family farmers offer a wide variety of locally produced and artisanal products. Saturdays, May 4-Oct 12; 8am-12:30pm; Minor Park, just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (111th Street)
Brookside Farmers Market: This is definitely a treat for anyone who wants farm-fresh, organic, local (within 100 miles) food. Opens Apr 19; Saturdays, 8am-1pm; 63rd St. & Wornall Road, KCMO
Olathe Farmers Market: Featuring 2 locations this year. Saturdays, Apr 19-Oct 25; 7:30am until sold; Wednesdays, May 14-Sep 24; 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
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
Photo courtesy of City Market.