LOCAL FARMERS IN TIME OF NEED... new Food Circle members in crises

Hello, all!

We have an opportunity to help some of our fellows in their time of great need. I believe you have now heard of Fruitful Hills CSA, a new member of both the KCFC and the KCCSAC this year. The CSA is comprised of a group of German Baptist Brethren farming families near Trenton, MO who practice horse-powered farming methods and a simpler way of life (no computers, phones, etc.) and cooperate to provide for their CSA. Their coordinator is Michael Frantz, a very pleasant fellow who I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with at the Expos earlier this Spring.

Earlier this week, the Frantz family's house was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. No people or animals were hurt (thank goodness) and the crops are fine, but the family has been reduced to living in a toolshed until a new house can be built (likely this Fall). So, upon the request of Kate Barsotti (the CSA's in-city coordinator), I am sending out a call for helping hands, supplies, and volunteers. Per Kate, we are looking for: homebuilders, cabinet makers, grading/construction workers, gardeners for plant beautification, and a donated lightning rod (seriously). As the Brethren are, like the Amish, not users of power equipment and the like, this construction would need to be accomplished by folks who are good with hand-tools, and who know how to build as sustainably as possible.

We will be accosting Habitat ReStore and any other sources we can think of for as many materials as we can find. For the hauling of any materials, do you know of anyone who could lend the Frantzes a trailer for a few months? Or does anyone have a storage place where materials/supplies could be held? Would anyone be willing to use their truck to help haul materials/supplies to the building site when the time comes?

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. Please either email/call me (csac.kc (@) gmail.com, 913-515-9436) or Kate (kate (@) fruitfulhills.com, 816-863-8327) with any assistance or ideas you might have.

We must all stick together when times get tough, so the more bountiful days can be all the merrier!

Best regards,

Season Burnett
Director, Kansas City CSA Coalition
csac.kc (@) gmail.com
Member, KC Food Circle Coordinating Committee

Troostwood Youth Garden Market - SATURDAYS (KCMO)

Troostwood Youth Garden Market

Nieghborhood youth, providing fresh produce from A to Z...

Saturdays, 2009
8:00am - 2:00pm



** At the top-left of the mapping site, our garden is green, green, GREEN now...

Youth gardeners have the opportunity to explore urban agriculture in Kansas City, MO at the Troostwood Garden in Kansas City.

BROOKSIDE - The Community Farmers Market at Brookside (KCMO) - for Market Day (SATURDAYS)

Greetings Market Friends,

We are heading into June full speed ahead as our vendors get down to business. As the weather heats up, so do the lists of farming chores. But, the good news for us is that all that hard word yields delicious results.

I don’t know how many of you have read Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food, or how many of you have even heard of Michael Pollan, but I read his book this winter, and I had a real “light bulb” moment. The main lesson from the book is, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” And if you think about that, as simple as it sounds, it makes a whole world of sense. So, this spring I have started walking the walk (so to speak), and it has made an incredible difference in my life. I have lost 10 pounds and gained a whole lot of energy. AND, the great thing is that I can buy everything I need to “eat mostly plants” and my other “non-plant” organic treats (I am not a vegetarian. I love lamb sausage, for instance J) for the week at the Brookside Market. And I encourage you to please come by, and give fresh, local, organic foods a try!

This week we will also have our R&B duo, Doug and Benito returning to give us a little market music while we shop.

As always we look forward to seeing you every Saturday from April through October from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the heart of Brookside at the corner of 63rd and Wornall. Also, check us out at www.farmerscommunitymarket.com

See you Saturday!


Now from our vendors:

From Blue Door Farm:

Broccoli-Woccoli-Occuli! The broccoli is looking great this week and I'll be bringing both regular broccoli heads and piricicaba, an italian type that is super tasty.

The cabbage is starting to mature and I'll have both green and red heads, most of them smaller heads perfect for one or two meals.

I'll also have: fennel, scallions, kale, tasty turnips, lettuce mix and the first of the season's carrots (oh so sweet). For you kohlrabi lovers I'll be bringing some, as well as garlic chives.

For those of you who have been thinking about buying a coreopsis, I will bring the remaining few. They are covered in lovely maroon flowers. Get them while they last!

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the lovely weather this week!


From Bear Creek Farm:

A busy week here - finally got into the fields, avoiding a few loplollie areas, and have planted miles of tomatoes, squash, basil, melons, eggplant and more. What a relief to get the greenhouse emptied and the fields filled!

This week at market we'll have piles of broccoli, more asparagus than I expected, huge tender leaves of swiss chard and kale, the best red bibb lettuce we've ever grown, crisp green and purple kohlrabi, lovely cabbage and cauliflower and surely other things I've forgotten just now.

And for those who've yet to try kale - we've eaten massive amounts this week and I'm convinced it may be one of the best vegetables yet. (Ok, I really hadn't tried it over the last 10 years of growing it - my loss!) Jim has cooked it every night this week and everyone swears it is fantastic. He chops it up, adds chopped onions and dried cranberries, and steams it until tender. (I like butter on it, but the guys just season with salt and pepper.) Sometimes he tops it with chopped bacon - that's awfully good too.

Hope to see you all at market!

Robbins and Jim

From the KC Center for Urban Agriculture:

Life at KCCUA is good this week!

Enough rain, enough sun, the building is painted, the crops are coming in, the June newsletter (www.kccua.org) is complete, the crew is smiling, Katherine’s back from Japan and we’ll have shitakes this week! We are all pushing to get more spiffing-up done in preparation for the Urban Farm Tour on Sunday, June 28. Check out the website www.urbanfarmtourkc.com, and then purchase your (very inexpensive) tickets at our stand this Saturday. Thirty urban farms are participating and you choose which ones to visit. We are so fortunate in this town to have so many people growing so much fresh food! Far---out!

Besides SMILES and SHITAKES, we plan to bring BABY TURNIPS from the first field planting back in March. They should be perfectly crisp and innocently sweet. HERCULES and LITTLE FINGER CARROTS and DETROIT DARK RED BEETS are looking and cooking up great! Liberty is concocting a juice recipe using the carrots, ask her about it. KOHLRABI is coming and has become our favorite snack on the farm. We will have the very beginning of our SUMMER SQUASH crop including everyone’s favorite green and yellow zucchini, patty pans and beautiful zephyr! We’ll bring our world-famous MICROMIX (that will also be featured Saturday night at the Bluebird Bistro during their monthly Farm to Table dinner. Always an event, the crew will be there, too, to enjoy the community and of course, excellent local food). BRAISING MIX is getting changed up a bit this week as we find different greens to add. Change is the spice of life! If you haven’t tried this fantastic mix yet, try it this week. FENNEL is prime, GARLIC SCAPES are perfect and the BROCCOLETTES a treat for any meal or snack. SWISS CHARD, KALE and SALAD MIX will be in their usual places on the table alongside PEASHOOTS and WATERCRESS. We have CUCUMBERS coming out our ears; please take your fair share home. The CABBAGE has survived and thrived through the wet spring. We are so proud of those nice heads! ARUGULA is back (thank goodness). We’ll have a short supply of SPINACH, lots of HEAD LETTUCE; spicy bunches of MUSTARD GREENS and a nice selection of fresh herbs from a WEED-FREE herb bed. We are nearing the end of the TRANSPLANT season, so get what you need this week or next. Let us know if you are looking for a specific plant, we may have it in the greenhouse.

See you at the market! Come early, stay late and thank you all for eating local food and supporting the BROOKSIDE FARMERS MARKET!

From Bread of Life Bakery:

Hello Market Friends,

Many happenings are going on here at the Crowther house. We will have our daughter Amanda gone for a few weeks, preparing to go to Belize the end of June. I know we will miss her in the Bakery and at home while she is gone for 6 weeks. Luke will have to take her place so he may miss her more than the rest of us.

Chris and Luke will have burritos, breads, baked goodies, quiches and Coffee to offer as usual. Bethany made some more Jam this week and our Bluegoose (blueberries and gooseberries) is really good on toasted Multi grain bread. Josiah's farm produce will be Russian Kale (great for juicing), collards, gooseberries, and eggs.

Hope to see some of you on Saturday,

Luke, Chris and Kathy

From Wells Family Farm:

Hi everyone, along with our great tasting beef!, Diatomaceous Earth, Bug Repellant, soybeans and Red Clover/Burdock seeds, we should have Gooseberries to bring to market on Saturday. Wish me luck with the picking. They have awful thorns.

See you at market,

Kim & Sharon

From Eastwind Gardens:

Hello Brooksiders,

We will be bringing more yummy goodies for your eating pleasure, SUGAR SNAP PEAS are sweet and crunchy, beautiful rainbow CHARD, three varieties of KALE(a great spinach substitute) SPRING ONIONS, HERBS, mild and buttery LETTUCE MIX and of course, our beautiful, long lasting, FLORAL BOUQUETS!

See you there,

bruce, maureen,

tim, ninah, maegan and the rest of the gang @ Drumm Farm Garden(Eastwind Gardens)


I (Kim) will be at Brookside, 63rd and Wornall, from 8 to 1 pm. We have some great beef specials going on so come on down and get a great deal, plus good eats! We will have our other goodies with us too! See ya Later, Kim & Sharon
Steve & Kim Wells
Wells Family Farms
4009 State Hwy UU
King City, MO 64463


Farmers' Community Market at Brookside
Saturdays, 8am to 1pm
under the white tents at theBorder Star Montessori School
63rd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64113 << Map it!

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

KC Organics and Natural Farmers Market - Saturdays in Minor Park

Reposted from the KC Food Circle calendar:

...this is a reminder for

Farmers Market - KC Organics (Minor Park - KCMO)

Saturdays 8am – 12:30pm
(Timezone: Central Time)

E 110th St & Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, MO (map)

KC Organics and Natural Farmers Market
“The Farmer’s Market in a Park”
Open Saturdays May 2nd through October 17th
8:00 am to 12:30 pm, in Minor Park
Go 1 mile South of I-435 on Holmes,then east on Red Bridge Road (111th St.)

  • fresh-picked, locally grown organic produce
  • also honey, edible flowers, herbs, mushrooms
  • breads and baked goods, grains, sauces
  • Free-Trade coffee and Eco-products
  • free-range eggs and some meats
  • soaps, body care products
  • natural stoneware jewelry

A Unique Market Experience in all the Best Ways

On the Grass, Under the Trees, in Beautiful Minor Park―with hikeable trails, lots of acreage, and the Little Blue River


In partnership with Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation
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blue bird bistro - farmer's table - SATURDAY, June 6th

come join us on Saturday, June 6th
farmers' table
reservations 816-221-7559 or bluebirdbistro.com

start with an aperitif and hors d'oeurves as you learn more about the Urban Farm Tour (www.kccua.org) while you visit with the urban farmers of Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture

be seated for five courses of all local culinary delight
roasted Organic Way Farm green tomato filled with Campo Lindo Farm cage free chicken, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture kale, fennel and taragon, topped with Morningland Dairy cheddar cheese

house made puffed pastry rolled with Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture herbs, Wood Mood Gardens new potatoes and baby carrots, drizzled with herb infused local butter

Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture specialty micro greens, Thane Palmberg Farm radishes and cucumber vinegarette, accompanied by a spring time bruchetta topped with a medaley of Green Dirt Farm sheep's milk cheese, herbs, cucumbers and radishes
all natural New Grass Bison on top of

Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture kohl rabi slaw
finish with Organic Way Farm strawberry and
blue bird bistro garden rose trifle

$45 per person
$45 vegetarian option
$20 wine pairing

follow our year of farmers' tables at farmerstable.bluebirdbistro.com

blue bird bistro upcoming happenings

check out event calandar at www.bluebirdbistro.com