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
More event details»

Troostwood Youth Garden Market - SATURDAYS (KCMO) - 52nd & Paseo

Troostwood Youth Garden Market
Nieghborhood youth, providing fresh produce from A to Z...

Fridays 5-8pm
Saturdays 8am-2pm



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


Troostwood You

Youth gardeners have the opportunity to explore urban agriculture in Kansas City, MO at the Troostwood Garden in Kansas City. Located on a corner lot donated for use by Rockhurst University, Troostwood Gardens is in an urban neighborhood.

There, a master gardener and ten youth work with Ericka Wright’s “Urban Agriculture Youth Program,” building their urban agriculture skills. They grow produce to sell at the Troostwood Youth Garden Market. Through the help of a 2005 grant from the NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Program, the Urban Agriculture Youth Program at Troostwood Garden’s hopes to in uence a change in youths’ lifestyle and at the same time improve their nutrition, environment, social and economic practices. Ericka Wright’s family started Troostwood Gardens on their property in 2000 as an activity for neighborhood youth.

“In the community I live in, we were the only house in the neighborhood with a swing set, so we had always kids in the yard. Many of the kids had low scores in reading and math,” explained Wright. “Most people enjoy eating, whatever level they’re at, and we  gured we could read a little, eat a little, do a little math, and learn together in the garden with the kids.”

At 41 years-old, Wright is disabled from muscular dystrophy, and values a healthful diet. Wright wanted to show children healthful nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle. “In terms of sustainable agriculture, our project falls in line with community. It brings people together in an outdoor classroom, and makes people aware of sustainable gardening practices in the inner city, saving seeds, and eating healthfully,” said Wright.

Youth begin gardening each March and continue working in the garden and at the Troostwood Youth Garden Market until the last vegetables are harvested, typically in late October. “We’ve found that the youth developed better self esteem. They saw the fruits of their labor and how their hard work had paid off…They now have knowledge of a garden, what it takes to have and build one, and team work.”

Article above excerpted from:


10am - 5pm
Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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

Greetings Market Friends,

I will keep the small talk short, as I have a lot to report in the way of market features this weekend. Yes, it’s hot, but you still need to eat, so come on down and pick up some crisp, fresh veggies for snacking. For those of you who can take the heat, we also have great cuts of meat for grilling. But like I said, I have lots to report, so on with the show.

This week is the Flower Festival, and we have some special guests. First, the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired will be on hand selling their new cookbook – Taste of Kansas City II. Proceeds from the sale go to help blind and visually impaired children. Buy a book Saturday to aid a worthy cause and get some recipes to put your market purchases to good use. Next, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will be visiting giving out artist sketch pads while supplies last. We also will have a demonstration and information table on food preservation by the University of Missouri Extension Office. Come learn how to make your organic goodies last beyond the summer months. There will be music; Paul Cormaci, the musician that you heard last week will return. Nina, at the East Wind Gardens Tent will be sharing her "flower arranging techniques" with their lush, colorful, gorgeous, variety of flowers. Visit Amy, under the Red Bridge Farms Tent for container gardening ideas and purchases. So much to see and do!

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:

Hello! I may make t-shirts to wear at market "I Survived the Kansas Tropics."

Fresh from my steamy fields this week:

Italian Broccoli

German Butterball Potatoes

Winterbor Kale

Yellow Summer Squash (Yeah! The squash season has begun!)


Garlic (fresh dug, so use quickly or ask me about curing to store)

Onions (Two new varieties for me - "Desert Sunrise", which is a fairly mild, flat, red onion and "Sweet Spanish", a yellow)

And for the super early birds there may be a few tomatoes!

See you Saturday (and hopefully Sunday too - come see me on the Urban Farms and Gardens Tour)!

- Laura

From Bear Creek Farm:

Wow - only one big rain this week. That was great! Of course the heat was another issue! This farming thing is such fun!

It's been a busy week with lots of stringing tomatoes, harvesting massive amounts of cabbage and other such goodies, and just generally working our tails off. We've been pulling onions - they are huge and so beautiful. Guess all this rain has been good for something. Potatoes are sizing up and some tomato plants are absolutly loaded.

This week at market we'll have loads of cabbage, cauliflower, onions, 7 or 8 varieties of potatoes, broccoli, more cabbage, shallots, and piles of other wonderful vegetables fresh from our fields to your tables. Life is good!

See you all Saturday - or at least Jim and Laine will.

Robbins and Jim

From the KC Center for Urban Agriculture:

Hey market fans!

Summer is here and is bringing many gifts. So, in this heat the TOMATOES are ripening! Yes! And the GREEN BEANS are perfect! GARLIC fresh from the field and delicious! We’ll also have many varieties of SUMMER SQUASH and CUCUMBERS. Thanks to the nice rains of spring, our NEW POTATOES are crisp and full of flavor. Also, thanks to the spring rains, our root crop from the field is slow…TURNIPS are looking good and we’ll bring along all the BEETS and CARROTS we can find. Has anyone tried the Nero Tondo black RADISHES? Black and rough looking on the outside and crisp, white on the inside. Perfect for snacking, making slaw or juicing, and a great vegetable for liver health. FENNEL, have you roasted our FENNEL yet? MICROGREENS, SCALLIONS and LETTUCE MIX for your summer salads. FAVA BEANS to help you create a masterpiece. SUGAR SNAP PEAS for a special snack and SNOW PEAS for stir frying. We still have CABBAGE, SWISS CHARD and KALE, ARUGULA, BASIL for pesto and other HERBS, too.

Talk to us about the URBAN FARMS AND GARDENS TOUR this SUNDAY!

The event of the season!

See you Saturday!


From Bread of Life Bakery:

Hello Market Friends,

The week has been a busy one with Bryce and Lili keeping us all going at the bakery. Bryce loves the cinnamon rolls and likes to have them around to snack on at all times. I think his Mommy is not totally for that. He will have to switch off with Potato Bread since he likes to have that shipped out to him in California.

We will have our market burritos, meat (sausage) and non meat, quiches with smoked gruyere cheese and cheddar, coffee(Puddin’ Head), rolls, bars and a variety of breads.

Have a good week and see you Saturday, Kathy, Luke and Chris ( Bryce and Lili )

Have your own "Mini-Tours" at local KC farmers markets... KC URBAN FARMS & GARDENS TOUR

The "mini-tour" concept is simple - a sort of DIY (do-it-yourself) familiarization exercise, looking up certain Tour growers (>>(KC Urban Farms & Gardens Tour - SUNDAY 10am-5pm)<<) who also sell at local farmers markets.


Go to the BADSEED Market at 19th & McGee to meet Brooke and Dan of BADSEED Farm.
Also at the BADSEED Market are Sherri Harvel of Root Deep Urban Farm,
Steve Mann of Prairie Trading,
and Lew Edminster of Herbn' Gardener.
You can do a mini-tour, meet these four growers at market, and buy tickets to visit one (or more of them) on the KC Urban Farms & Gardens Tour.


Home Gardens & Urban Homesteads… Feed the Family
Friday, June 26, 4:30-9:00pm: Urban Homesteading and Farmers’ Market, Bad Seed Farmers’ Market – no cost
In honor of Kansas City’s Urban Farms & Gardens Tour, the BADSEED Farmers Market will be hosting a special Market for all you “urban homesteaders” and wannabes!! Along with the regular gang of urban growers and producers of “other worldly delights”, special guests will include KC’s FOOD NOT LAWNS, an emerging national movement which promotes turning our lawns into gardens! “By growing food not lawns we can increase local food security, become more self-reliant, improve our diets, reduce energy use and pollution, and build stronger local communities.” Canning and Preserving Demos will take place in the BADSEED Kitchen from 6-7:30 PM. Demos will include Blanching and Freezing Greens, Pickling, Jams and Jellies, and Fermentation.

At the KC City Market, you can look up Huns Garden and others (look for the Urban Farms & Gardens Tour posters and flyers).

Go to 52nd & Paseo for a normal market day at the Troostwood Youth Garden Market.

At Brookside, you can get to know the folks from KCCUA, Drumm Farm Garden, Blue Door Farm, Root Deep Urban Farm, and maybe a couple of others on the tour.


What are your travel plans for the weekend? I might be able to make some suggestions. (Comment on this blog entry and I'll reply with whatever details I can.)

Dave Lawrence


Online TOUR TICKET SALES have ended - you can buy your tour tickets from participating growers at local farmers markets (CITY MARKET, BADSEED, BROOKSIDE, and TROOSTWOOD) today and tomorrow (SATURDAY),

** and **

thru FRIDAY (today) ONLY tickets can be purchased at Green Acres Market (Briarcliff Shops), Whole Foods (87th & Metcalf area), Its a Beautiful Day (39th & Broadway area), & Prosperos Book Store (39th & Gennessee).

** and **

On the day of the tour from any of the participating farms and gardens.

Funky Friday Farmers Market at BADSEED - and an URBAN FARM TOUR UPDATE

Hello Eaters,

Now that we're past the solstice, we're turnin' up the heat at the BADSEED Market! All of us urban growers are gearing up for the Urban Farms Tour this Sunday. We are braving the heat this week, weeding and edging our beds, and trying to get things prettied up for the crowds. You've gotten to know us at market; now come visit our farms, including Root Deep, Herb'n Gardener, and BADSEED. Steve Mann will also be on the tour with Creekhouse Organic Community Garden.

Friday Night brings a special Urban Farms Tour edition of the BADSEED Market from 4:30 - 9 PM. We'll have Food Not Lawns at the market, sowing seeds in your minds about the abundance of food that could come from your own lawn as well as a series of Urban Homesteading Food Preservation demos!!! Schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM - Blanching & Freezing Greens (with the lovely, local foodie, Emily Akins)

6:20 PM - Pickling (water bath canning with Farmer Brooke)

6:45 PM - Fermentation #1: Kombucha "Mushroom" Tea (brew your own medicine with Farmer Brooke)

7:10 - Fermentation #2: Red Wine Vinegar (make your own with Farmer Brooke)

And of course, the Market will be stocked with wondrous fresh food from our varied urban farms. Come gather the growing bounty that we find in our fields!!

1201 W Bannister Rd.
We've put on our workout clothes, and we're sweatin' it out on our steamy plot. What a whacky season! We love seeing everyone at market, but we'd really love to have you see our farm up close and personal. Come meet the goats and the chicks, and see what a big suburban backyard can grow.

This week at market we'll have more of our famous Stir-Fry Mix to be eaten raw or sauteed with your favorite dish. Root vegetables abound with giant radishes, tender turnips, snappy carrots, and buxom beets. Massive Rainbow Chard Bunches with electric color. Large leaves of Russian, Bore and Dino Kale. (Just a few, and just in time) Summer Squash!! From Brooke's new herbal tea garden, we will have Fresh Tea Bouquets with calendula, chamomile, lemon and bee balm, mint, catnip, and lime basil. Also, we have an assortment of culinary herbs, including BASIL, thyme, oregano, and tarragon. This will likely be one of the final weeks for edible flowers; take advantage of them while they are available!!

Herb'n Gardener Lew Edminster
"so it looks like this years veggie production is going to be dictated by the extremes of drowning and schorching. i know i'll have bothfrench filet and provider beans this week, along with some sort of salad greens ( probably arugula). zinnias love heat and i'll have another bigger batch of them for market along with some cosmos. thyme, tarragon and basil will finish my offering for market"

Root Deep Urban Farm
Sherri grows a wide range of vegetables that everyone can love. Herbs, greens, and (of course) tomatoes abound on Sherri's farm. We understand that she already has a few cherry tomatoes.

Platte Prairie Farm
Its a safe bet that Steve will have some mulberries this week, as he has for the past two weeks. What a delicious treat! Steve has a good assortment of the season's produce.

Also, come down and enjoy the freshly roasted and brewed coffees from Pudd'n Head Coffee. You can take a cup to go along with some sweets and breads from Bread of LIfe. EGGS and CHEESE, including FETA made from the finest goat's milk in the state.

Come see us, and learn some new urban homesteading skills this Friday Night at the BADSEED Farmers' Market!!


Farmer Dan

1909 McGee