Farmers' Community Market at Brookside -- for Market Day: Saturday, April 25, 2009

Greetings Market Friends:

I think we went from spring to summer this week. No complaints from this department though. Although now it is time for all of us to get down to business in the garden. I cannot wait to finally get my transplants in this weekend. This would be a great week for you to come by and purchase all your plants to complete your garden. Our vendors still have some beautiful plantings from which to pick.

Also, this week hosted Earth Day. I saw several good news clips and read some good articles about organic food. By choosing organic, you decrease your carbon footprint and help not only your body by picking foods grown without pesticides, but also the earth. Not only are our vendors' treasures delicious, they are environmentally sound.

Now from our vendors ...

From Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture:

The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture and the crew at the Community Farm are excited about this Saturday’s market! The season is getting off to a great start. We are pleased to see the return of familiar faces each week and very happy to meet new friends and eaters!

We’ll bring along our green shelf of transplants which include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, herbs, some flowers with more to come and of course, tomatoes. With this week’s warm weather and some rain in the forecast, it seems like the perfect week to finish planning your own back (front, side, patio or rooftop) garden and come to the market with a list of must-haves! Let one of us help out with questions…we are always full of ideas!

The high tunnels are still producing beautiful produce ready for your table. The many different greens are perfect for salads or sandwich wraps, braising, steaming or just plain delicious raw snacking. Micro greens and arugula along with straight-ahead salad mixes will be available. The beets, carrots and turnips have really never looked better. Cucumbers, scallions, some herbs, Chinese cabbage and Chinese broccoli will be featured. We are even finding some radishes this week!

I’m bringing Katherine for you all to greet and Leslie for you to meet. Leslie is our Ms. Fix It at the farm this summer learning all she knows from Daniel. She always has the right tool in her back pocket and a smile ready to share. We love her and the weeds will come to fear her.

See you Saturday!

Alicia Ellingsworth

KCCF’s new (chatty) Farm Manager

From Roaring River Bakery:

Easter weekend was a huge sucess and a beautiful day to be outside. Our second week was a little damp, but this Saturday's forcast looks bright and sunny. Thank you to everyone that ventured out in the rain. It was nice of you all to brave the down pour and make our day.

I have one more new bread for market. It is called Prairie Bread. It has both whole wheat and rye flour with millet and sunflower seeds to add a tasty snap to every bit. I have had a great response to the bagels and will bring more this weekend.

See you on Saturday!

Kim and Roaring River Bread Company

From Blue Door Farm:

I have vegetables! I have vegetables! I'm starting the season off with swiss chard, salad mix galore, head lettuce and garlic chives. Yippee for high tunnels. :)

You too can have vegetables! And flowers! And herbs! I'll have transplants available for home gardens - heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, basil, herbs and more! My nasturtium plants continue to grow and bloom and I'll be bringing them, plus bight marigolds, sweet violas and beautiful hanging baskets.

Hope to see you this Saturday for a great (warm, reasonably sunny!) market.

From Bread of Life Bakery:

Hello Brookside Friends,

We had a wet Market last Saturday and we would like to thank all those customers who braved the weather and supported us. This rain has delayed any plantings at our house and in Josiah's gardens. Hopefully he can get out in the gardens and plant some more this week.

Our Burritos will be offered this week with our farm fresh eggs, potatoes, Benedict Builders sausage,and onion. We also have a vegetarian burrito. Puddin' Head fair trade coffee will be available to go with a pecan scone or blueberry scone.

We will have our usual whole grain breads and our specialty breads. Our New bread this season is our whole wheat cherry chocolate chip loaf. My daughter Amanda loves this toasted with a cup of Chai in the morning.

Luke and Chris will see many of you on Saturday, so enjoy the nice weather and stop by.

Kathy, Luke and Chris


Farmers' Community Market at Brookside
Saturdays, 8am to 1pm

under the white tents at the
Border Star Montessori School
63rd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64113 << Map it!

The Farmers' Community Market at Brookside is Dedicated to Creating a Unique Partnership between the Community and Farmers who provide High Quality, Local and Organic Products in an atmosphere that is mutually beneficial, wholesome and fun. The Market also helps to support the Border Star PTA.

The Market is located in the Heart of Brookside where many Unique Shops and Restaurants are nearby to explore and spend a delightful Saturday afternoon.

The Market has a lively mix of Local and Certified Organic Farmers who provide Freshly-picked Vegetables, Fragrant Herbs, Juicy Sweet Fruit, Edible and Cut Flowers. Our Farmers use Sustainable and Humane practices to produce hormone and antibiotic-free Meat, Free-Range Eggs and Honey products.

The Market also features Organic Freshly-Prepared Artisan Food, including fresh hot Breakfast Burritos, and fresh hot fair-trade and locally roasted Coffee, Baked Goods including Pies, Assorted Breads, Cinnamon Rolls, Granola Cereals, Cookies, Brownies, Squares, including many Vegan varieties, Gluten-free and much more.

Organic Hand-Crafted Soap and Artists with unique handmade crafts complement our market.

There are weekly events at the market tent including live music, children's activities and cooking demonstrations by local chefs, which feature samples and seasonal recipes.

Tables and Chairs are here to Relax, enjoy some of our Tasty Breakfast Treats or Sit to Visit with your Friends.

Some Upcoming Special Events:

  • Herb Festival is May 9
  • Flower Festival June 27
  • Tomato Festival is July 25
  • Children's Festival is Aug. 15
  • Fall Festival is Oct. 10
  • Closing Day is Oct. 24

Thanks for your support of our market.