39th Street Community Farmers'

Saturdays, until further notice...

In the parking lot outside
@ Twisted Sister Gift Shop

(just a bit SouthEast of)
39th & Genessee

Kansas City, MO

Hi everyone! It was not to bad out today, I do have faith it will be warm again! Tomorrow we (Wells Family Farms and Alice and Marvin) with our great grass fed beef and Alice as usual will have lots of home baked goodies.

Remember, with the products Alice and Marvin bring, they grow the grain, they do the harvest and grinding and then she does the baking! You can't get more home made than that!

Our beef is also raised by us, so you can come and visit the farm if you ever have the time or want!

For market this Saturday at 39th and Genessee, in the parking lot of the Twisted Sister Gift Shop, we will be set up from 11 am to 1 pm. Alice and Marvin usually only stay until 12 noon, so come early for their goodies.

Don't forget those special gifts you need from time to time, Marvin does some beautiful work with his lathe and tools.

Hope to see you all, Kim

Steve & Kim Wells
Wells Family Farms
4009 State Hwy UU
King City, MO 64463

KANSAS Farmers Market CONFERENCE on Monday Feb 23

The Kansas Rural Center
announces the statewide
Farmers’ Market Conference

which is scheduled from
9 am to 4 pm

Monday, February 23

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas.


Mercedes Taylor-Puckett, KRC’s Farmers’ Market Project Coordinator, said the “bigger and better” 2009 conference is titled "Growing Together" and is open to all involved with farmers’ markets whether as a producer, market manager, board member or interested citizen.

Charuth and Kevin Loth, of ShadowBrook Farm in Lincoln, Nebraska, are the conference’s featured speakers. The Loths operate a family-owned diversified vegetable farm incorporating cattle, dairy goats and flowers into the 34-acre, organic farm's rotation plan. The couple participates in three farmers' markets and the Nebraska Food Cooperative, as well as operating a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and on-farm market and dairy.

Steve Moris, Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Program Manager, will discuss the recent consolidation of food safety oversight to KDA and review the rules and regulations affecting farmers’ market products. Representatives from Kansas Department of Commerce, Rural Development will also present resources to help grow farmers’ markets and value-added businesses.

In addition, five afternoon breakout sessions will focus on topics including: cut flowers; launching or revitalizing your market; meat and dairy; marketing and display, and managers and boards.

Specific topics scheduled during the breakout sessions include: “Direct Marketing Opportunities for Meat Producers” by Jeff Adair, New Grass Bison Co.; “Know Your Customer: Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication” by Lane McConnell, Missouri Department of Agriculture; “Born to Bloom: What to Grow for Beautiful Bouquets” presented by Brian Henry and Jozie Schike, Earth Flowers; “Issues and Opportunities Roundtable and Grow Your Market Workshop” by Jerry Jost, KRC Grow Your Farmers Market Workshop Facilitator, and “Capturing Your Market Share” by Jill Elmers, Moon on the Meadow Farm.

Markets and vendors are encouraged to share their experiences in "Flew or Flopped" presentations during lunch and to bring examples of their promotional materials.

Registration to cover the conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch is $20 per person. Completed registration forms along with fees made payable to the Kansas Rural Center are due by Friday, February 13. Please mail to: Kansas Rural Center, PO Box 133, Whiting, Kansas 66552-0133.Conference schedule and registration information are available for download from the Kansas Rural Center website. Conference brochures are also linked to the calendar maintained by KCSAAC – the KSU-based Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops – on the Web at

For additional information, contact Mercedes Taylor-Puckett at 785-840-6202 or mercedes.taylorpuckett @ gmail . com

DOWNTOWN CHIPOTLE BENEFIT FOR our local Growing Growers - Monday, Feb 23


The Chipotle Mexican Grill at
14th & Walnut (1370 Walnut St)
will give 50% of all sales on
Monday, February 23

5 PM - 9 PM

to the
Growing Growers organization.


It is an easy and delicious way to support local farmer training, this
listserv, the apprenticeship program and workshop series.

So please, grab some friends and a healthy appetite and join us for a
reasonably priced, super delicious dinner Monday.

Parking is available in parking garages on the same block and there is
plenty to see in the area.

For more info on Chipotle and to see their menu, go to:
A big thanks to Chipotle for supporting Growing Growers!

Laura Christensen
Growing Growers Training Program
35230 W 135th St.
Olathe, KS 66061
Tel: 816 805 0362