Kansas City Farmers Market Guide: 2014

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Kansas City is home to over thirty farmers’ markets. They range from small markets selling exclusively organic produce to The City Market with over 140 local vendors. You can purchase fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, homemade soaps, baked goods and even live animals. If you are new to the world of farmers’ market, this simple guide will get you started!

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What to Bring to the Farmers Market:

  • Comfortable Shoes and Bottled Water
  • Shopping bags (some vendors provide them, but its always good to reuse)
  • Cash in small bills (many vendors do accept credit cards or checks; however, many do not. 
  • Wheels! If you plan to purchase large quantities of produce, a wagon or cart will come in handy.
  • Coolers with ice if you’re concerned about berries, cheeses, and other new purchases arriving home fresh after a day in the summer sun.

Farmers Market Shopping Tips:

  • Know what is in season. Read Farmers' Market sites and Facebook Pages before you head out for "in season tips."
  • Shop early in the day for the freshest produce OR Shop late in the day for the best bargain.
  • Let the kids choose something new. Encourage your children to choose a new fruit or vegetable to try. It helps broaden the horizons of young taste buds and teaches them to explore. They’ll enjoy eating food from a farmer they personally met!
  • Get to know vendors. Tim Sullivan of Sullivan's Greenhouse recommends, “Take time to walk the entire market before making your purchases. Observe and talk to the other customers to see which vendors are the most popular and reliable. Most importantly, ask questions. Who grew the product and where did it come from? How was it grown? Many vendors supplement their offerings with products purchased from who-knows-where. Some vendors don't produce anything they sell. It takes time to get to know your vendors. If you aren't satisfied with something you bought, let the vendor know about it the next week. His response will tell you a lot about him.”

Key to Kansas City's Farmers Markets:

* = Small Farmers’ Market (10 tables or less)

**= Medium Farmers’ Market (11-50 tables)

***= Large Farmers’ Market (50 tables or more)

Badseed Farmers’ Market **

May 2 - Nov. 21: Fridays, 4 to 9 p.m. at 1909 McGee, KCMO www.badseedkc.com/farm/the-farmers-market/
Features: Foods grown sustainably  in the immediate community. The Friday Night Farmers’ Market offers a plethora of local-organic delights including colorful fruits and veggies, baked goods, gourmet mushrooms, goat cheese, eggs and free-range meats

Baldwin City Farmers’ Market **

May- Sept: Sat. 8am-12:00pm (Downtown Baldwin, next to the Post Office), Wed. 5 - 8pm (in front of Antiques on the Prairie, 520 High St. Market) (June - Sept) baldwincitychamber.com/business_directory/farmers-market-2
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market

Bannister Federal Complex Farmers’ Market **

June - Sept: Tues. 10:30am-1:30pm. Bannister Federal Complex Parking Lot, Troost Ave and 92nd St, KCMO
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market.

Belton Farmers’ Market **

May 15 - Oct. 16 - Thurs. 5-9pm. On Loop Rd. between Walnut and Chestnut in Belton, MO www.mainstreetbelton.com
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market.

Blue Springs Downtown Farmers Market **

1st Weekend of May - Last Weekend of Oct: Saturday 7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Downtown Blue Springs 11th & Main Streets, Blue Springs, MO 64016 Note: Temporary location May until July  at 15th and Main behind the Baptist Church in the parking lot. www.bluespringsfarmersmarket.com
Features: Homegrown fruits, vegetables and plants and hand-made crafts, and weekly classes for adults and children.

Briarcliff Village: Green Acres Farmers Market *

June - Oct: Thurs. 3-7pm at Briarcliff Village, 4151 North Mulberry Dr, KCMO www.briarcliffvillagekc.com
Features: 100 percent organic produce, as well as jams, jellies and homemade baked goods. Cooking demonstrations each Thursday at 5pm.

Brookside Farmers’ Market **

April - Oct: Sat. 8am-1pm at Border Star Montessori School, 63rd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO www.farmerscommunitymarket.com
Features: Organic local produce, herbs, flowers, honey products, free-range eggs, antibiotic-free meat, organic soaps, and organic freshly prepared artisan food including vegan and gluten-free options. This market also offers festivals and special events throughout the season.

Cass County Farmers’ Market **

May - Oct: Wed. 3-7pm, Sat 7:30am-noon at Mill Walk Mall Parking Lot, 71 Hwy, Harrisonville, MO http://www.cassfarmers.com/
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market.

City Market ***

Year-round: Sat 7am-3:30pm; Sun 8am-3:30pm. at 20 E. 5th Street, KCMO www.thecitymarket.org
Features: More than 140 vendor stalls, this is the largest Farmers’ Market in the KC area. Bedding plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh baked goods, pastries, honey, flowers, and crafts made by local artisans. The market also hosts festivals and special events year-round. Visit the City Market website for a comprehensive list of “what’s in season” and tips for choosing produce.
Bonus: Read our tips for Shopping at the City Market before you go and consider visiting the Steamboat Arabia Museum while you're there!

Drumm Farm Farmers' Market**

May - Sept: Sat 8am - Noon at Drumm Farm in Independence. http://drummforkids.org/what-we-do/drumm-farmers-market/

Features: The tradition of using the most of Drumm’s natural resources to teach life skills to the children it serves is very much alive today.  Drumm staff and children plant and harvest a 4-acre garden, care for small livestock and operate a seasonal Farmer’s Market. Children on campus participate in the farm operations, giving them an opportunity to connect with the environment and learn valuable life skills. The public is invited to shop at Drumm Farmer’s Market to help teach these valuable life skills to the children.

Gladstone Farmers Market **

Mid-May - Mid-Sept: Wednesdays 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  at 525 NE 70th Street; Gladstone, MO. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gladstone-Farmers-Market/107406389284555
Features: Local Vendors

Grand Court Four Seasons Farmers Market *

Year-round: Sat 9am-noon at Grand Court Retirement Center 107th St and Wornall Rd, KCMO Grand Court Farmers Market on Facebook
Features: Organic produce, plants, soaps, jewelry, organic meats, goats’ milk, eggs and baked goods.

Grandview Farmers’ Market *

May 24 - Oct. 25: Sat. 7am-noon, Tues. 2-6pm at Main & 8th St, Grandview, MO www.grandview.org
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market.

Independence Farmers’ Market **

Summer: Sat. 5am-1pm (May-Oct), Wed. 5am-1pm (June-Oct) at Truman Rd. between Main & Liberty in Independence, MO www.independencefarmersmarket.com
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market and Craft Market.
Bonus: Read our Day Trip Independence Missouri for more fun while you're there!

Kansas City Organics Farmers’ Market *

May - Oct: Sat. 8am-12:30pm at Minor Park, Just east of Holmes on Red Bridge Rd. (111th St) www.kcorganics.com
Features: Organic local products including produce, specialty meats, honey, edible flowers, herbs, grains, artisan breads and pies, eggs, and more.

Leavenworth Farmers’ Market **

Summer: Sat 7am-sold out (May-Oct); Wed. 3-6pm (May – Sept) at Corner of Delaware & Esplanade in Leavenworth, KS www.leavenworthfarmersmarket.com
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market with fresh and local products.
Bonus: Read our Day Trip Leavenworth for more fun while you're there!

Lee’s Summit Farmers’ Market **

Apr - Nov: Wed & Sat 7am-sold out  at Corner of 2nd and Douglas in Lee’s Summit, MO www.downtownls.org
Features: In-season produce and plants available for purchase, such as salad greens, onions and radishes. Jams, jellies, baked goods, meat, eggs and a variety of handmade crafts also will be available. Special events are also hosted throughout the year.

Liberty Farmers’ Market **

May - Oct: Sat. 7am-noon at Historic Liberty Square around the Clay County Courthouse, Liberty, MO & Wed. 7am-noon at the Crowley/Perkins parking lot at the NW Corner of Hwy 291 and 152 www.libertyfarmersmarket.com
Features: All products are locally grown on farms in the northland. Many organic products including fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants.
Bonus: Read our Daytrip Historic Liberty for more fun while you're there!

Martin City Farmers Market *

Saturdays through the summer from 8am until sellout. Holmes Rd. and 135th Street Martin City, MO.
Features: Local farmers sell fresh produce.

Merriam Farmers’ Market **

May - Oct: Sat. 7am-1pm at Merriam Marketplace 5572 Merriam Dr, Merriam, KS www.merriam.org
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market with special events and concerts throughout the season.

North Kansas City Farmers’ Market *

May - Sept: Fri. 7am-1:30pm at Caboose Park, located at the southeast corner of Armour Road and Howell Street, in North Kansas City.  www.nkc.org
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market

Olathe Farmers’ Market **

April 21 - Oct. 20: Sat. 7am-sold;  June 6 - Sept 26: Wed. 4pm-sold at City Hall W. Annex Bldg, Parking Lot 200 W. Santa Fe, Olathe, KS www.olatheks.org
Features: Locally grown fresh produce and/or plants and fresh flowers. The intent of the market is to offer primarily for retail sale only produce that can be grown in this geographic area and is not refined and/or made into another product. This market is not intended to operate as a wholesale outlet.

Overland Park Farmers’ Market **

Apr - Oct: Sat. 6:30am-sold, Wed. 7:30am-sold on Marty between 79th and 80th Street, Overland Park, KS Overland Park Farmers Market
Features: Produce from local growers, fresh pies, gourmet pasta, locally baked breads, and other specialty items. Many special events offered throughout the season.
Bonus: Read our Day Trip in Downtown Overland Park for more fun while you're there!

Paola Farmers' Market **

May 17- September 20, 2014 (Except Saturday August 23- Paola Roots Festival) on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at ark Square Downtown Paola, Kansas. www.paolafarmersmarket.org/

Features: Traditional Farmers Market with dozens of local vendors of produce, meat, and homemade items.

Parkville Farmers’ Market **

Apr - Oct: Sat. 7am-sold & Wed. 3-6pm evenings starting in June at English Landing Park, Parkville, MO www.parkville.info
Features: Fresh baked goods, honey, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Special events are also offered throughout the season.
Bonus: Read our Day Trip Parkville for more fun while you're there!

Peculiar Farmers Market *

May - Oct: Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon at 152 East Broadway in Peculiar, MO. www.peculiarmarket.com
Features: Local vendors

Raymore's Original Town Farmers Market *

June  - Oct: Tuesdays 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  located at the 200 Block of S. Washington, Behind 1st Baptist Church
Features: Local vendors

Raytown City Center Farmers Market *

June - Nov. Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. - sell out.West Side of the Old First Baptist Church at 6224 Blue Ridge Blvd. 
Features: Local Vendors

Raytown Farmers Market **

May 29 - Nov. Thursdays from 2- 7pm  & Saturdays 8am - 1pm. 6210 Raytown Rd., Raytown, MO. www.raytownfarmersmarket.com
Features: Local Vendors & Live Entertainment

Shawnee Farmers’ Market **

Sat. 7am-Sell Out at Shawnee City Hall parking lot (11110 Johnson Dr., Shawnee KS) www.cityofshawnee.org
Features: Locally grown fresh produce, eggs, jams, honey, bread, baked goods, crafts, etc.

Spring Hill Farmers’ Market **

May - Sept: Sat. 7:30-11am at Spring Hill Elementary School parking lot (South Webster near 215th Street in Spring Hill, KS) springhillmarket.org
Features: Traditional Farmers’ Market.

Troostwood Youth Garden *

Late May - Oct: Wednesdays, MIDDAY, 1:00pm to 6:00pm; Friday nights, 3:00pm to 8:00pm; Saturdays, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Troostwood Youth Garden & Market (5142 Paseo KCMO). www.troostwoodyouthgarden.info
Features: Neighborhood youth provide fresh and healthy vegetables. All foods are grown onsite using organic methods.

Weston Farmers’ Market **

May - Sept: Sat. 7am-sell out adjacent to City Hall on Main Street in Weston, MO. www.westonmo.com
Features: Locally grown produce or homemade items. Other items include baked goods, honey, goat’s milk soap, candles, hostas, tomato plants, water plants, herbs, homemade stationary, bedding plants, eggs from free range chickens, beeswax, etc.
Bonus: Read our Day Trip Weston for more fun while you're there!

Zona Rosa Farmers’ Market **

June - August: Tues. 4-8pm at Zona Rosa Breezeway, NW corner of I-29 and Barry Rd. KCMO www.zonarosa.com
Features: Fresh produce, homemade jams, honey, homemade soaps, breads, herbs and more.

If you know of a Market you'd like us to add to this list, contact kristina@kcparent.com!

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