BIKE WEEK!

BIKE WEEK 2009: May 9-16

It's that time of year to dust off your bike and walking shoes and start recruiting your friends, family and co-workers for Bike Week 2009! With dozens of events featuring bicycle commuting, recreation, trails, fitness, etc. - there's sure to be something for everyone.

* Classes on fixing your bike and riding it safely
* Rest stops on your way to work
* Press conference with KCMO Mayor Funkhouser
* Car Free Weekends on Cliff Drive
* KC Women on Wheels Bike Festival and Expo
* Group rides for all skill levels

CAR-FREE CHALLENGE

How many car trips can you replace with bicycling, walking, or transit? Whether to work or errands, keep of track of your trips and be eligible for great prizes. And we'll calculate your carbon emissions savings so you can see how your transportation choices impact the environment. Get a team together or go solo, just register online and get started today.

We have a Sierra Club team registered. Please consider joining us when you register.

Go to http://www.kcbike.info/bikeweek/ for details, calender of events, and registration.

Bike Week is brought to you by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Mid-America Regional Council, the Missouri Bicycle Federation, KCBike.Info, and many local bike shops and community
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BROOKSIDE - The Community Farmers Market at Brookside (KCMO) - for Market Day (SATURDAY) May 9th, 2009

Greetings Market Friends,

Let the sun shine in! Finally, a bright ray of sun after all the rain. I think it will be a great weekend. We have a whole host of activities at the market this weekend. It is the Annual Herb Festival. Our vendors will have plenty from which to choose, as you will read below. It is also Mothers’ Day weekend. We have lots of great choices for gifts for mom. If my mother lived here, I just know she would love to receive a beautiful hanging basket filled with organic flowers—and I bet your mom would too. So, don’t disappoint her, and make sure you stop by to pick one up Saturday!

For your listening pleasure, we will feature Shindig—a duo comprised of local Brookside musicians, Doug Osburn and Benito Berado. I am excited to hear what sort of tunes they have be kickin’. Also I have been told that there is a strong possibility of appearances by balloon artist Greg Keller and Ziggy, a hoop (yes, hula hoop) dancer and studio instructor. So, it should be quite the action packed day at market.

Something else new this year, is that I am interested to get recipes from any of you who might want to share a recipe with the rest of the readers of the market newsletter. Keep in mind that the recipes should be for ingredients in season and that you can buy at our market. Please do share your secrets for how you make our market treasures tantalizing to the taste buds :) Send your recipes along with your name and a telephone number or e-mail address where you can be reached to franki@farmerscommunitymarket.com. And don't worry, your contact information will not be shared with anyone or up for purchase by any other list.

As always, we look forward to seeing you every Saturday in the heart of Brookside at 63rd and Wornall from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. Also check us out at www.farmerscommunitymarket.com

See you Saturday!

Franki

Now from our vendors ….

From Bear Creek Farms:

Anyone know where the sun is? If so please send it my way! All the plants in the fields just sit and wait, and it's too muddy to do any planting so we are getting more than a little frustrated. Ah, but once it does start shining we are going to be happy farmers - and busy!

This week we will again be bringing lots of transplants for your gardens. The summer squash plants are ready so we'll have zucchini, yellow zucchini and patty pan squash starts along with tomatoes, peppers, herbs and more.

And we'll have asparagus, head lettuce, green onions, bok choi and kale - if we can wade through the fields to pick! Regardless - we'll see you all Saturday!

Robbins and Jim

From Blue Door Farm:

This week certainly started off well. My field plantings are just starting to wake up and realize it is spring. Nothing like a little sunshine to warm things up.

I will return with more swiss chard (thanks to all of you who complimented it last week!), as well as super crisp, refreshing pac choi heads. The smaller red choi is beautiful and the large joi choi heads are my absolute favorite for stir fry or raw snacking.

I'll also be bringing more of the ever popular spring garlic, salad and lettuce mixes, mild french breakfast radishes, garlic chives, and an abundance of head lettuce in all shapes, sizes and colors. The romaine heads should be ready this week, so prepare for Caesar salad. I had many requests for spinach last week, and will try to bring more bagged spinach, but the wet spring has not been kind to the spinach plants and I fear I will not be having the large spinach bunches I had last year. We shall see though - plants do have the great habit of growing. :)

I hope everyone takes a moment to appreciate your Mom this coming Sunday. I certainly do - mine was nice enough to wake at 5 am the last two Saturdays and help me at market. Thanks Mom!

If your mom is a flower or gardening fan, come by and see Blue Door's bright nasturtiums, pretty violas and flavorful herb transplants. Basil, thyme, chives, savory and more are waiting patiently for good homes in herb gardens everywhere. Vegetable transplants, including tomatoes and peppers, are also available.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Laura

From the KC Center for Urban Agriculture:

Well, what a nice change from last week. Before more rains will hit later this week, our fields had some time to dry up a little, and Alicia was even able to till some beds for planting. Tuesday was a gorgeous day to be outside and we had a group of volunteers from Associated Youth Services and Key Bank over here. They got down to business and helped us spread some compost, pull weeds, move straw bales heavy from being soaked with water. What a great help, and WE THANK THEM. And many thanks, of course, to Alicia who manages the work and people flow so expertly here at KCCUA.

This weekend we look forward to sharing some of the fruits of all this labor with you. The forecast is great for Saturday, so plan on coming out! On our tables you'll find more tasty root veggies like TURNIPS, BEETS, and CARROTS. We'll have SCALLIONS and RADISHES; beautiful HEAD LETTUCE and CHINESE CABBAGE. We'll also have our usual bagged greens like SPINACH, ARUGULA, LETTUCE and SPRING MIX. And at the other end of our booth we'll round it out with bunches of KALE, SWISS CHARD, CHINESE BROCCOLI and lovely fresh-cut HERBS (chives, garlic chives, rosemary, mint, tarragon and more).

There'll also be transplants of all kinds. Lots of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and also cool season crops like kale, chard and cabbage and some herbs for your kitchen garden, so get ready to plant your garden.

As always, we look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support.

Katherine, and the rest of the fine crew

From Wells Family Farm:

Good Day Green Folks!

We are having a sale on Roast this weekend. Chuck roast to be exact! There are many options for this cut and there is a lot of it! We are expecting to be able to pick up our new stock this week, so will (or should) have all our cuts available. I have a fun treat to bring
along, art from the farm! A bit of whimsy you might say.

See you all Saturday,

Kim & Sharon

From Puddin’ Head Coffee:

Hello all,

Last Saturday was a fun market with all the extra traffic and met lots of new coffee lovers. This week we will have our Rainforest Blend, Ethiopia decaf and a new Peru coffee for sampling. Also some of our Blue Nile Blend for sale also.

See you there!

George and Vicki Hartman, Puddin' Head Coffee





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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.


Earthfest / Earthwalk - TOMORROW - Saturday, May 9th

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Join us this Saturday
at EarthFest and EarthWalk 2009!

EarthFest is free. Donations welcome.

EarthWalk Day-of Registration 8:30 AM
FREE Yoga in the Park with Boulevard Yoga 9:00 AM
EarthWalk starts at 10:00 AM
EarthFest 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM






At EarthFest you can:

Visit five green villages to find out how to go greener where it counts most!
Attend workshops on eating local, Five Green Things, recycling, economical driving and electric cars, or sign up to make your own rain barrel.
See StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s new Down the Drain puppet show, Eco Elvis, Esoke African Drumming and Dance, Il Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco and Stan Slaughter on the main stage.
Eat local and sustainable fare from Blue Bird Bistro, Local Burger, Boulevard Brewing Co. and the Sierra Club Lemonade Stand.
Kids – Play in the Greener Play tent with activities from StoneLion Puppet Theatre, Wonderscope and The Magic Brush.

Read more about EarthFest