KC's "TIME FOR LUNCH" Slow Food USA National Eat-In - at Brookside on MONDAY, Sep. 7th, 2009

Rochelle Brickner Owings has invited you to the event 'Kansas City "Time for Lunch" Slow Food USA National Eat-In' on Slow Food Eat-In at Brookside!
Here is a link to the printable invite.
Please contact Rochelle at rrbowings )@( gmail.com if you have any questions.
Thank you.


Currently poor quality, overly processed food products are mandated in most of the schools of our children. If you feel that it's a basic human right to have good quality, real food available in schools, now is the time to advocate those beliefs.

On behalf of a group of concerned citizens, I would like to invite you to participate in a public

potluck on Monday, September 7 in Kansas City, Missouri. I hope you will consider joining us on this important day.

A vast community in the Kansas City Metro area is concerned about the food our children eat at school. In the midst of a national obesity epidemic, our schools struggle to serve anything but the fast food and junk food that endangers children’s health. This year, the Child Nutrition Act, which is the law that determines what 30 million children eat at school every day, is up for reauthorization, providing us with more opportunity to fix this problem. By giving schools the resources to serve real food, we can build a strong foundation for our children’s health. We can teach them healthy habits that will last them through life. We can make a down payment on health care reform. We can do all of this but only if we help our legislators connect the dots and provide community awareness to an issue that people may not think about everyday.

On September 7, a group of Missouri constituents are organizing a public potluck (we call it an “Eat-In”) to demonstrate that the Kansas City Metro area is ready to provide our children with real food at school. This event is just one of hundreds taking place across America as part of the Time for Lunch National Eat-In.

What: Kansas City "Time for Lunch" Eat-In (community potluck)

Date: Labor Day- Monday, September 7, 2009

When: 12 noon- ?

Where: Border Star Montessori School-near the playground

6321 Wornall Road, KCMO

To stick with the ritual of a potluck, please bring a home-cooked dish to contribute to the community lunch feast. We will also have a solar cooker and grill (s?) on site as well. You are also invited to bring reusable utensils, plates, and cups, along with a contagious smile. Please be aware this potluck is NOT exclusive to parents or Missouri constituents, so pass this information on and join us if you live nearby.

At the Eat-In you can call legislators in your district and share with them how you feel in regards to real food in schools, meet local legislators who will be at the Eat-In to show their support, eat good food and mingle with community on a day reserved for relaxation, educate yourself about the Child Nutrition Act and the National School Lunch Program, and perhaps even more.....all while advocating a good cause!

For more information about the campaign, or to learn how you can advocate for and be of service to this cause, please contact Rochelle at 816.392.4546.

If you are affiliated with an environmental organization; teacher's union; youth organization; public health or fitness group; Church or faith group; good food business or restaurant; neighborhood, community or civic group; an organization that works on hunger, food security and social justice;and if you are a teacher, an education advocate, a farmer, an advocate for healthcare reform....... your participation at the actual Eat-In event is welcomed!
Please contact Rochelle at 816.392.4546 to get more info about contributing like-minded efforts through participation.

Feel free to join our planning group on ning.com: http://slowfoodbrookside.ning.com

If you can't join us, here are some other things you can do:

*Tell your legislators in Congress that it’s time to give schools the resources to serve real food. Contact your legislators by writing them a letter or making a phone call-http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt.

*Sign the Time for Lunch petition at:http://slowfoodusa.org/timeforlunch

To learn more about Time for Lunch and the National Eat-In on Sept. 7, please check out the campaign web site: http://slowfoodusa.org/timeforlunch.

"School lunch isn’t just about the food. It’s also about what food means in culture and communities. A good school lunch program teaches kids that food matters—how it’s produced, what gets done with it, and how it is consumed. These are important lessons that ought to be in every curriculum. "

Marion Nestle, PhD
aulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
New York University, Steinhart School

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

Greetings Market Friends,

Despite the lovely autumn weather, summer is still here and our vendors have the produce to prove it!

The weather looks to be perfect this Saturday , so throw on a jacket (!!) and join us. For dandy recipes and tips on cooking, eating and preserving green beans, visit Missouri Extension at the community tent.

Happy eating!

From our vendors:

Bread of Life

Hi Brookside friends,

We had a very busy week moving Grandma Ruth to the farm. She has not lived on a farm since she was 12 and I think she will miss the city quite a bit but Josiah and Luke plan on keeping her busy and amused with all of their antics. One thing for sure it is never dull around here, so Grandma will be at least occupied with our happenings.

Our burritos this week will have Josiahs' eggs,potatoes,squash
onions,swiss chard and farm fresh eggs. Our meat burritos will have Benedict Builders sausage added to them. Quiches,muffins,breads,cinnamon rolls,cookies and scones will also be available.
Will, enjoy the day and come by and see us,

Luke,Chris and Kathy

News from KCCUA

Thanks for all the great comments last week about the farm’s stand! I agree, the colors out there now are the best of the season. Sometimes as I harvest---especially the ripe sweet peppers---I am overcome with awe. Where did those intense colors come from?!!! I’ve never seen red so red! The Islander peppers are really an eyeful…they start out pale lavender, take time to turn dark purple, then just when I want to pick it I notice a hit of yellow, leave it and the next time down the row it is swirls of yellow, orange, purple and red---mind-blowing!

So, this Saturday, you know we’ll bring along those deliciously RIPE SWEET PEPPERS and some equally eye-popping HOT PEPPERS. EGGPLANT from the straight ahead Italian varieties of Nadia and Black Beauty to the snow white, creamy and delicious Clara, the neon purple dancers and my new favorite the Louisiana Long Green. No peeling needed ---one of the nice things about ORGANIC produce---so no waste! Just slice and grill or quarter and bake! OKRA is not just for cooking anymore…have you tried it raw? I’m munching them as I write this email. Really. TOMATOES will fill a couple of tables, but come early! We still have many varieties, just not many of each variety. The cherry tomatoes are tasting very sweet from this cool, wet weather! If you need to bake a birthday cake or want cupcakes for an after school treat, you might pick up a SUMMER SQUASH. We’ve been indulging in many baked goodies because of all the squash and with good excuse. CUCUMBERS for lunch box snacks.

WINTER SQUASH is just coming on. Ya! LEEKS, SCALLIONS, ONIONS and GARLIC. Stock up on GARLIC! It’s a real deal and is going fast! We’ll bring a new crop of long, perfect FILET BEANS and festive TRI-COLOR BEANS as well as the last of the EDAMAME for a while. The RADISHES are full and crisp this week and mild enough to eat one after the other. CARROTS for your daily dose of beta carotene and BABY BEETS to clean your blood. Anyone for POTATOES? We’ll have Russian Fingerlings, many reds and some Desiree varieties. Perfect for a warm, one-pot dinner! We have many herbs including BASIL, LEMONGRASS, PARSLEY and ROSEMARY. Maybe it’s time to try MALABAR SPINACH to satisfy your taste for greens. We’ll have some micromix next week. PURSLANE is also a new one to try. And for the first time all season we’ll bring SQUASH BLOSSOMS for pretty and for stuffing!

We’ll be looking for you this Saturday. Can’t say whether you should wear rain boots, flip-flops or Uggs. Guess we’ll just wing that part of the day…makes life interesting!

Thanks for reading!


Blue Door Farm

Sorry to say I will not be at market for a few weeks folks - the deer have wiped me out for now. Hope you enjoy the great produce from my fellow vendors. I'll put a shout out for the Red Noodle long beans that PayLay with the New Roots program had (and I hope still has!). I sauteed some up last week with garlic and red peppers and they were wonderful. Give them a try.


Bear Creek Farms

Unfortunately we'll not be at market this Saturday - again. So sorry, but this seems to be the summer of family crises. Guess that's what happens when you get older!

Enjoy what looks like a perfect Saturday! See you all next week!

Robbins and Jim



Saturdays, 8am to 1pm
under the white tents at theBorder Star Montessori School
63rd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64113

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.

Troost Community Market - Linwood & Troost - KCMO - Saturdays 8:30am-NOON

The Troost
Community Market
(the little market that could)

8:30 a.m. - noon
at the corner of
Linwood and Troost
Kansas City, MO

The Troost Community Market will have KC Buffalo Co. meat, So come to Linwood and Troost for your steaks.

There will also be lots of herbs to spice up the meats for the grill or the salad dressing and apple mint for making the best strawberry-banana smoothies for a healthy dessert. Robert will smoke up some buffalo brats and Claudia may serve her peppermint lemonade.

We also have a few other growers and vendors who join us from time to time.

Hope to see you there,
Claudia Sue Toomim

We have also invited other KC Food Circle vendors to join us. We hope you will, too.

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Troost Community Market

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KC Organics and Natural Farmers Market - Saturdays in Minor Park

Reposted from the KC Food Circle calendar:

...this is an eMinder 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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ALL-DAY Permaculture Tour - Lawrence, Kansas - KAW VALLEY AREA - on Sunday, Sep. 6, 2009

Dear Community,

Please take note of the permaculture farm & garden tour.

Hi all: The Kaw Permaculture Collaborative and the Sustainability
Action Network is sponsoring a tour of permaculture operations on 6
September. Here's the info. And a flyer is attached that you can print
to use and distribute. Hope you can come -- Michael Almon

Sunday, *6 September 2009*, 9:00am-4:00pm
a guided tour of six sites in or near Lawrence

Sponsored by the Sustainability Action Network & the *Kaw Permaculture
Collaborative*, this will be a guided tour of six permaculture
operations, three urban, and three rural. Permaculture is a design
science by which we pattern our surroundings to harmonize with nature
rather than to subdue nature. The end result is a farm or garden that
is a *low-input, self-organizing, mature polyculture ecosystem*.

Tour schedule: follow the whole tour, or join at any given time

* 9:00am, 1311 Prairie Ave., Lawrence
* 10:00am, 1200 Almira Ave., Lawrence
* 11:00am, 517 Lake St., Lawrence
* 12:00pm, sack lunch at 517 Lake St.
* 1:00pm, 1480 N. 1700 Rd. (North St.), just outside City limits
* 2:00pm, 1840 E. 1450 Rd, (US Hwy 59), 1/3 mile north of Teepee Jct.
* 3:00pm, 14370 54th St., Oskaloosa, 1/3 mile east of US Hwy 59

For more info call (785)863-4102 or (785)832-1300, or visit