Spring expos help kick off farmers’ market season

04/05/2014 4:48 PM

04/05/2014 4:48 PM

Spring has sprung, April is here, and nothing kicks off the season, farmers’ market season that is, better than Kansas City Food Circle’s Eat Local and Organic expos.

In their 16th year, the annual spring expos — one on the Kansas side, one on the Missouri side — provide the year’s first chance to buy fresh, organic produce, meats,

cheeses, honey, body products, and more from local producers.

The expos not only mark the return of organic, local foods to the Kansas City area, but also provide the chance to talk to farmers, screen documentary films and learn about topics such as biodiversity.

For those with green thumbs, or aspiring green thumbs such as myself, the expos have plenty of vendors selling transplants.

Transplants are rooted plants often started in a greenhouse by farmers, and allow gardeners and growers to get a jump start on growing food without the hassle of starting from seed.

Transplants at past expos included many heirloom tomato varieties, pepper plants, herbs, fruit trees such as fig and blackberry, and greens galore.

The first expo, Saturday, March 29, at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, was in a new, larger location.

And the second expo, Saturday, April 12, is at Penn Valley College in Kansas City, Missouri. The expo is free with ample, free parking, and you can find more information on attending vendors and get event updates on the Kansas City Food Circle

Facebook page

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The expo will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Penn Valley Community College gym, 3201 Southwest Trafficway.

Raised by generations of cooks, farmers and green thumbs, Andrea Shores is an enthusiastic eater and curious cook. She loves sharing her passion for local food by telling farmers’ and food purveyors’ stories.

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