Summer is in full swing in Kansas City and that means gardens overflowing with cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and much more tasty goodness. How appropriate then that we celebrate National Farmers Market Week this week!
Whether you see farmers markets as simply an entertaining alternative to the produce section of a grocery store or as an important component to a local economy, farmers play a vital role in keeping a community healthy.
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Our city is fortunate to have a number of farmers markets ranging in size and speciality. If you’re unfamiliar with local options, below is a list of a few of the area’s markets to make things a little easier.
Organic Farmers Markets
Badseed Friday Night Farmers Market
Badseed is a unique market located in the Crossroads Arts District that is dedicated to providing the conscious consumer with foods grown locally and sustainably.
Brookside Farmers Market
63rd & Wornall
This market has brought farm fresh produce to the Brookside neighborhood since 2003 and is passionate about bringing local, organic and non-GMO food to Kansas City eaters.
Ivanhoe Farmers Market
The Ivanhoe Small Growers Farmers Market is an open-air seasonal market located in the urban core Ivanhoe neighborhood. Although they are not a certified organic market, the produce sold is pesticide- and chemical-free and they are proud to feature Certified Grown in Ivanhoe growers.
Kansas City Organics and Natural Market
For more than 20 years KC Organics has been offering organic family farmers’ fresh, locally grown produce and natural specialties such as meats, honey, bread, eggs, coffee and more.
Waldo Farmers’ Market
303 W. 79th St
The Waldo Farmers Market features USDA Certified Organic and non-certified sustainably grown vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese and honey, plus artisan breads, jams, transplants (spring), flowers, herbs and sweet treats.
River Market neighborhood
The City Market is the area’s largest farmers market and is open year-round. You can find more than 140 vendors offering produce, fresh flowers, local crafts and more.
Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market
Clock Tower Plaza 2 blocks west of Metcalf on W. 79th St
Celebrating its 32nd season, this market offers a wide variety of products from more than 70 vendors, plus a full schedule of events including concerts, cooking demos and family-friendly activities.
Independence Farmers Market
Walnut & Liberty
In a new location this summer, this Independence market offers seasonal produce, raw honey and handmade crafts.
Northeast Farmers Market
3001 Independence Ave
New this year, the Northeast Farmers Market features fresh produce, eggs, meat, coffee and baked goods, and is dedicated to giving residents in the Northeast area of KC the opportunity to shop for locally grown food.
Olathe Farmers Markets
Olathe Community Center (1205 Kansas City Rd)
Black Bob Park (14500 W. 151st)
Enjoy an array of fresh produce and specialty items such as meats, seedlings, soaps and bread while enjoying live music at both of these Olathe locations.
Parkville Farmers Market
English Landing Park
Get to this market early for the best pick of fresh produce, plants and honey.
Zona Rosa Farmers Market
Zona Rosa, between Victoria’s Secret and Hot Topic
Stock up on fresh produce, honey, jams, herbs and salsas at this market while enjoying the rest of your Zona Rosa shopping experience!
For more information on National Farmers Market Week, visit the Farmers Market Coalition.
For more information on local, organic farmers and farmers markets, visit the KC Food Circle.