I was surprised the room was so full — and not full of just one kind of customer, either.
There were lots of families. There were many professional food people, always looking for sources of local products. And there were also aging hippies, who have been singing the praises of non-processed food grown locally and humanely for 30 plus years.
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In other words, it was a good crowd.
Kansas City Food Circle has two Eat Local Organic Expos each spring. The first one was held at Johnson County Community College the last Saturday in March.
The second one will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the gym at the Metropolitan Community College’s Penn Valley campus, 3201 Southwest Trafficway.
One of the more exciting trends I observed at the Johnson County Expo was the young families that attended, pushing strollers and herding small children.
Since there were no clowns or other children attractions, I have to assume they were attending to give their children better things to eat in the future by growing and buying with some knowledge of what makes us healthy and what makes us sick.
It’s a hard choice for a young family to make. You can buy a chicken that has been raised in a cage so small he can’t move around for $5 or $6 if you check the sales at the supermarket.
Or you can buy a chicken that has had a pasture to feed in and that has not been shot up with antibiotics and growth hormones that will eventually compromise the health of your family. This chicken might coast you $5 a pound, instead of $5 for the whole bird. Sometimes you just don’t have the money to make the good choice.
But coming and being educated at one of these expos is free. And you can have goals for your family — The goal to change as much as you can that will make your lives last longer and for you to be healthier.
Here are just a few of the interesting people and products that are a part of Kansas City Food Circle.
The Little Flower Farm
Handmade goat milk soaps and more from McLouth, Kan. Isn’t it great you can get goat’s milk to drink, to make cheese with and to make soap and you haven’t had to kill the animal to do it?
The Local Pig
The butcher shop carries locally sourced and humanely raised animals, beef, pork, chicken, duck, turkey, lamb and much more. They have become famous for their sausages.
Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program
SARE is a national organization that promotes sustainable agriculture such as raising poultry and pigs on pastures.
Food Not Lawns
This group sells worm casing to enrich your planting soil.
Bread Of Life
A bakery that sells whole grain breads, a line of gluten free breads and some vegan baked goods.
There were also several booths offering all kinds of plantings to give your garden a head start and dozens of beef and pork and poultry producers that are humane and responsible.
Locally grown and fresh-off-the-farm products help our economy and our health. So take a couple of hours and check out the Kansas City Food Circle Expo. Your family will thank you later.
Lou Jane Temple’s road to food has been a long and winding one. First as a rock n roll caterer back stage to the stars, then with her own Kansas City based catering company, Cafe Lulu, food writing, novelist, private chef. Lou Jane has written and had published nine culinary mysteries and one cookbook. She recently moved back to Kansas City and eagerly awaits the next chapter of her food career.