Troostwood Youth Garden Market - FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS - 52nd & Paseo, KCMO

Troostwood You

Basic Info:

5142 Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Friday nights, 5 pm to 8pm
Saturdays, 8 am to 2 pm

May 15 thru late October

Organically grown vegetables and produce grown sustainably by neighborhood youth - a member of JJ Farms - one of a number of farmers' markets featured by the Kansas City Food Circle.

Contact Info



Kansas City, MO

SEE ALSO:owing a healthy neighborhood

Troostwood Garden started as an activity for kids...

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

Greetings Market Friends!

From our vendors:

Bread of Life

Hello Market friends,

We are now feeling the coolness of fall this week. The air is crisp and cool under our old trees as we head out to the garden and check on the chickens. The cool weather and shorter days make for less eggs that the hen lay. I guess they feel a rest time coming so their bodies adjust.
Fall is a good time for casseroles and using our Multi Grain Bread Crumbs make for a wonderful rich flavor to any casserole.The bread crumbs are great for lightly breading green tomatoes or eggplant.
Luke and Chris will have our usual breads, YUMMY pumpkin rolls, cookies, burritos,quiches,coffee and farm fresh eggs.

See you Saturday,
Luke, Chris and Kathy

Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture

Leek soup anyone? Sweet potato pie? Stuffed peppers? Shitake and cheese omelet?
We can hook you up…with the ingredients, anyway.

Now that the weather has a chill, I’m constantly looking for something to eat. Something tasty and filling. I want spice. I want thickness and chewability. I’m willing to try new things to satisfy this craving. I want good food. I think I am not alone. We are in luck because the market runs for 4 more Saturdays inBrookside. You can always find something new at Brookside. I know I do.

At the corner KCCUA stand you will find many options for your meal planning or midnight snacking this week. We will have sweet potatoes. They’re lovely. They’re so flavorful. They’re good in a pie (I tried it myself) or mashed (tried it) or baked (tried it). We also have a few varieties of winter squash, but these are going fast. Once folks learned that you can slice and GRILL them, they have been disappearing! I wonder if you could slice and grill sweet potatoes…that one, I haven’t tried yet. The sweet peppers are ripe and ready for grill or stuffing. I have lived off these this summer along with okra straight from the field (midnight snack…no cooking necessary…great munching food and you don’t have to remember how many are in a serving as you’re watching HGTV at 3 am). Summer squash on the grill or in chocolate cake. Filet beans are perfect from a brand new crop of plants in our sunny west field. Tri-color beans are striking pretty in a delicious bean salad or sautéed and wrapped with a bow like Chef Tim Johnson prepares at the Johnson County Community College. Can you believe we have tomatoes? I just closed the high tunnels today to keep the warmth in and the cool nights out. Maybe we’ll have them a few more weeks. Because of these cool nights we’re celebrating the wonderful roots in the field right now. Baby and big boy turnips have not been as perfect since April. The beets are huge, full of color and flavor. We’ll have orange, Hercules carrots and cherry belle radishes, too. Leek bundles for soup. Scallions. Tomatillos. Hot peppers like cayenne, pepperoncini, Thai and the grand-dad of them all, the habanero. Eggplant, Herbs, Shitake Mushrooms. And greens, yes, glorious greens in the form of braising mix (aka Funky Fresh), Swiss chard bunches, kale, sweet potato greens, salad mix, lettuce mix, pea shoots, arugula, watercress, purslane and spinach! Thank to the cool evenings!

We’re bringing a new face. Cathy B from Juniper Farm! She is soooooo sweet! And knows her stuff.

See you Saturday!


Wells Family Farms

Hi Brookside Market Folks, We are really short of meat, and this weekend is the American Royal Bar-B-Q contest at the livestock center. Our farm plus many of the wonderful vendors that we sell with who are helping to provide some goodies, and Yum Tum who came up with the idea, are going to be competing with the big guys! Oh yea! Our brisket is gonna Rock! On the down side I will not have any meat to sell until the 11th of October. So, save up for market in two weeks for your beef purchase and try to drop in to the contest. I will be down to brookside but only to pick up goodies from some of the other vendors. Have a great week, and remember for 12 dollars to get in you get to pig out on endless samples from all the booths in the competition. See ya soon, and Sharon says Hi! Later Alligator,


Blue Door

I'll second the three cheers for the cooler weather!

I remain the radish queen, with more multi-colored bunches plus a fresh crop of french breakfast radishes. Maybe it's that 1/8th german coming out in me, but I've found an oddly good snacking combo myself: lightly salted radishes, hard boiled eggs and ... beer.

What can I say, it made me happy, yah. :)

Also on the table this week:

- Chard!! - (Take that, ya darned deer)
- Kale -
- Raab - (this will be pungent, perfect for lovers of bitter greens, while another bed that is almost ready will be more mild)
- Baby pac choi - perfect for raw eating or stir fry.
- Turnips - Seriously, THIS is what they're supposed to be like - mild, beautiful little white orbs. As a bonus to turnip-purchasers I'm even throwing in some amazingly tasty, lovely greens that come attached to the turnips.
- Carmen peppers - The cool weather slows the ripening process, but I'll bring all I can.
- Yummy snacking peppers - These little orange guys sell like hotcakes, for good reason.
- Perhaps (cross your fingers) some petite little japanese eggplants.

See you Saturday!

- Laura


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 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.

Genetically Modified Organisms: If This Doesn’t Convince You, Nothing Will

From: The Sustainable Table

Genetically Modified Organisms:
If This Doesn’t Convince You, Nothing Will

I started this series, to help readers make the connection between personal health and sustainable food (read the first two posts here). Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have many perceived health issues and aren’t allowed in organic foods, so they must be problematic, right? Let’s dive in and see.

To start at the beginning – what are Genetically Modified Organisms? GMOs have had their DNA altered in a way that doesn’t happen naturally. Individual genes are transferred from one organism to another to obtain a desired trait or characteristic, including transfer between non-related species (such as placing jellyfish genes in pig embryos to create glowing pigs). The process is referred to as “modern biotechnology,” “gene technology,” “recombinant DNA technology” or “genetic engineering.” For a more detailed and scientific description, read here. GM Food is usually created for a perceived benefit for the consumer or producer, such as a nutritional benefit, or a production benefit such as insect resistance or durability. The first commercial GM crops were released in the early 1990s.

Where do you find GMOs? Despite the very short amount of time that GMOs have been on the market, they have already infiltrated 60–75% of food products in the United States! As of 2003, most of the GM crops in the world were concentrated in the United States (63%) – and just a few other countries – Argentina (21%), Canada (6%), Brazil (4%), China (4%), and South Africa (1%). By 2006, staple crops that had become dominated by GMOs in the United States were soybeans (91% GM), cotton (88% GM), and corn (85% GM). In addition to GM crops, cattle operations often inject the genetically modified hormone rBGH, into their dairy cows and other hormones into beef cattle, and most cattle feed is also made from GM crops.

You can find GMOs in most processed food items that are non-organic and not labeled “non-GMO.” The most common GMO ingredients include:

From corn: corn oil, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, corn meal

From canola: canola oil

From cotton: cottonseed oil

From soy beans: soy protein, soy oil, soy sauce

In fact, while soy products are touted as health food, if you aren’t getting organic soy products (or products labeled non-GMO), there is a good chance that you are eating GM soy! Any of these soy products could easily be GM: soy flour, soy protein, soy isolates, soy isoflavones, soy lecithin, vegetable proteins, textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu, tamari, tempeh, and soy supplements.

Many other ingredients in processed foods (usually the ones you’ve never heard of and can’t pronounce) are also often made up of corn, soy, canola, and cottonseed – so watch out. The True Food Network has a helpful pamphlet that you can download with about 75 “Invisible GM Ingredients” to look out for.

Why are GMOs a problem? First of all, they have only been around for 20ish years. That’s not much time to find out what they will do. Second, testing hasn’t been extensive or rigorous due to a revolving door of personnel between government regulatory agencies and companies like Monsanto that are heavily invested in GMOs (read here for more details on this problem). These huge and powerful agribusinesses successfully lobbied for the introduction of GM foods before proper testing had been completed. Because of this, we don’t know what will happen to human health and the environment in the long run. Many countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all the countries in the European Union, have banned GMOs because they have not been proven safe. The book, “Seeds of Deception” details the many studies and effects that have raised serious concerns about GMOs. Here’s my condensed version of a few health risks discussed on the Seeds of Deception website:

  1. Animals fed several different GM crops have had intestinal damage, liver cell and pancreatic problems, infertility, and even died. Multiple allergic reactions have been noted in humans.
  2. Gene insertion disrupts the host DNA and can create unpredictable health problems. Gene insertion may accidentally switch on harmful genes and dormant viruses, create genetic instability and mutations, increase toxins and reduce beneficial phytonutrients in food.
  3. The protein produced by the inserted gene may create allergies, kidney damage and illness-causing viruses.
  4. Transfer of GM genes to a human may create antibiotic-resistant diseases.
  5. The risks, in general, are higher for children and newborns.

How do GMOs relate to sustainable food? Oh, let me count the ways (a few at least) that GMOs are damaging to sustainable farming and the healthy food it produces:

  • A scary fact – GM contamination is hard to avoid. Natural pollen movement, weather, seed contamination, and human error can all spread GMOs to fields that are supposed to be non-GM, contaminating them.
  • The natural cycle that sustainable farming relies on can be disrupted, often permanently. An example from the Action Bioscience website: “In Britain, a native farm bird, the Skylark, was indirectly affected by the introduction of GM sugar beets designed to resist herbicides. In planting this crop, the weeds were reduced substantially. However, since the birds rely on the seeds of this weed in autumn and winter, researchers expect that up to 80% of the Skylark population would have to find other means of finding food.”
  • Herbicide tolerant GM crops have created weed resistance, causing pesticide use to increase by 70 million pounds between 1996 and 2003.
  • Herbicide tolerant GM crops may pose a health risk to the native animals that eat them, again harming the natural cycle that sustainable farming relies on.
  • There is a potentially detrimental effect on beneficial insects – possibly affecting insects that sustainable farms rely on to keep from using more insecticides than necessary.
  • GM crops are grown in monocultures, causing damage to the soil, therefore requiring more chemicals to be grown.

How to Avoid GMOs?

  • Buy certified organic foods, foods labeled “non-GMO” and talk to farmers about their growing practices. (Find sources for sustainable food near you at the Eat Well Guide.)
  • Stay away from processed foods.
  • Cook your own meals – this will allow you to have control over the ingredients.
  • From the “Non-GMO Shopping Guide” – Avoid at-risk ingredients – corn, soy, canola, cottonseed.
  • Download the “Non-GMO Shopping Guide” for additional helpful tips.

I think that people have the idea that our government is testing GM foods for safety before they are released to the public, but this is not true. The FDA has no safety testing requirements, and often the reports they do rely on come from biased studies supported by companies like Monsanto. But we are catching on, and it’s clear by the work being done to keep GMOs labeled (“‘Non-GMO’ Seal Identifies Foods Mostly Biotech-Free” NYTimes) and court cases being brought against the approval of GMO crops (“Victory! Court Finds USDA Violated Federal Law by Allowing Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets on the Market” True Food Now).

Advertisers are scrambling to tell us that their food is “all natural,” but that label does not guarantee in any way that their products are not GMO. So they are hearing us, they are following customer desires for healthy food, but they are also still trying to fool us. We need to do our homework if we are to spend our money on food that nourishes us and stop buying unhealthy, GM food.

It’s important, however, not get overwhelmed with this information. Each step we take to be aware of the industrial food system that has been forced on us leads us one step closer to changing the system to a sustainable and healthy one for ourselves and future generations. Make one change today and see how it goes. Add another next month; they all make a big difference.

A few articles and websites for further reading:

True Food Now – The Center for Food Safety, has a wonderful website that was very helpful in writing this article. Please check them out for further information.

The Seed of Deception website was also very helpful and worth checking out.

GE Food

20 Questions on Genetically Modified Food

Genetically Modified Ingredients Overview

Health Risks of GM Foods: Summary and Debate

Healthy Eating Starts With No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Executive Summary: The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World

Sugar beets spur county to reconsider biotech food

STEVE MANN - KC Food Circle Member Grower - Named "Best Urban Farmer"

From: The Pitch

Best Urban Farmer

Steve Mann, Platte Prairie Farms


Platte Prairie Farms

6310 Northwest Waukomis
Kansas City, MO

Steve Mann is known as "the squash father." Part of that has to do with Mann's cultivation of the delectable yellow fruit at his Platte Prairie Farm in the Northland and his annual Squash Blossom Festival, a gathering of environmentalists and foodies. He's also building a political machine, a network of metro residents operating under the radar to overthrow the prevailing agricultural paradigm. Mann is the local face of the Food Not Lawns movement, which aims to reclaim urban space for agrarian purposes such as, well, squash production...


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Troostwood Youth Garden Market - FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS - 52nd & Paseo

Troostwood You

Basic Info:

5142 Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Friday nights, 5 pm to 8pm
Saturdays, 8 am to 2 pm

May 15 thru late October

Organically grown vegetables and produce grown sustainably by neighborhood youth - a member of JJ Farms - one of a number of farmers' markets featured by the Kansas City Food Circle.

Contact Info



Kansas City, MO

SEE ALSO:owing a healthy neighborhood

Troostwood Garden started as an activity for kids...

Funky First-Friday Farmers Market at BADSEED - FRIDAYS in the CROSSROADS

Hello My Dear Connoisseurs of the Finest & Freshest Local Flavors,

FALL IS HERE!!! As a farmer I am absolutely loving those crisp and cool evenings with leaves falling all around me, chickens cooing at my feet, righteous pumpkins fattening on the vine, corn stalks drying in the sun, and sweet potatoes hiding in that oh so glorious earth waiting to be dug some approaching afternoon.

The Autumn field is an edible wonderland coming to a Farmers Market near you this Friday from 4:30-9 PM at the BADSEED!!

Come and get it Kansas City. This is urban grown food at its finest.

So - What's in season?? A lot, but some crops are looking particularly radiant. I scoured the field this evening with my camera to show you exactly what I mean!!! Pictures speak louder than words, right? So humor me and take a look at the attached images, and I guarantee your mouth will water all over the keys of your computer.....

Red Peppers are all the rage, not to mention Edible Flowers (great in salads or sprinkled over pizzas and pastas), Rainbow Chard is totally out of this world, and Heirloom Winter Squash like the featured "turks cap" will simply blow you mind.

Other "earthly delights" from your favorite Urban Farms like BADSEED, Platte Prairie, Herb "n" Gardener, and Root Deep will include:

*Heirloom Eggplant & Tomatoes & Summer Squash
*Chinese Red Noodle Beans and Green Filet Beans
*Gourmet Potatoes
*Garlic & Onions
*Red Velvet Okra
*Sweet Cabbages
*Scarlet Globe Radishes
*Mean Greens including Kale, Chard, Arugula, and Spinach (not to mention BADSEED's famous "Stir-Fry" mix with Asian Mustard Greens!)
*Ruby Red and Oak Leaf Lettuces
*Red and Gold Beets
*Aromatic Herbs and more....

Alright, alright...enough with the healthy stuff! We will also have LOCAL ARTISAN GOAT CHEESE from Goatsbeard Farm, Fresh BAKED BREADS and Free-Range EGGS from Bread of Life Bakery, not to mention locally roasted, fair-trade and organic Coffee from Puddin' Head!!!

It is "first" Friday in the Crossroads which means you will be serenaded as you shop! We will have live music from our folkie friends of Checkered Past and of course the usual banter of those rowdy renegade farmers, but don't worry.....we don't bite.....but we hope you will!

On behalf of all the BADSEEDS: "We look forward to feeding you the fruits of our labor!" See you Friday.

(for more tantalizing pictures of our ultra wicked veggies click here:

Yours Truly,

(friendly farmer and mistress of the BADSEED)


...check out this cover story in INK Magazine.* They really got our goat.....(haha) and check out our updates on Facebook (linked below).

* Overcoming Kansas City's eco-hurdles (KC INK Magazine)

... businesses. Salvaggio said she and Heryer, who own the BadseedFarmers Market in the Crossroads Arts District, weren’t aware of the ...

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An Urban-Organic Farm & Market
Celebrating Local Food, Culture, and Community

1909 McGee*KCMO*64108

See you this Friday from 4:30 to 9 PM

CALL FOR COMMUNITY PLANNING and ACTION - Meeting at the BADSEED Farmers Market (1909 McGee) Tuesday evening, OCTOBER 20th, 2009

Subject: Support Urban Food Production in Kansas City!!

Come to BADSEED MARKET, Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-7:30 pm, to discuss proposing City Code changes that will benefit Urban Agriculture.

(message from Katherine Kelly of the KCCUA below).....

Hello, all. Most of you have probably heard about the zoning/codes issues that were raised in relationship to BADSEED Farm. Their situation is settled, for the moment; they can continue operations, the codes inspection division no longer has any possible violations pending with them. There were two issues though that were raised that don't bode well for other urban farms -- because they are farming on a lot with a residence, the farm is considered to be a home based business, and therefore Dan and Brooke (or other urban farmers) can't have employees, volunteers, trainees, or anyone helping at the farm. Also, no CSA members can come to the farm and pick-up their vegetables, as this is "conducting retail business" on-site, and that isn't allowed in a residential neighborhood. BADSEED can live with this through the rest of the season, but both of those restrictions really work against the benefits and dynamics we are all trying to create with locating farms in city neighborhoods.

Because of the situation with BADSEED, it has become clear that codes restrictions like these would benefit from some adjustments on the question of urban gardens and farms.

In our meetings with the Urban Planning and Development staff, and with various city council people, they expressed a willingness to work with us to develop codes that more accurately fit the ways that urban food production is developing in Kansas City, MO. They are in a review period looking at the revised codes, so the timing is good for refinements.

The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, BADSEED Farm, and the Food Policy Coalition for Greater Kansas City are organizing a meeting of any interested community members who would like to have input into this process.

You are invited to attend on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 6:00-7:30 PM, at the BADSEED Market at 1909 McGee, Kansas City, MO.

The goals of the meeting are:
  • To look at existing codes that impact urban agriculture;
  • To brainstorm about changes that might be useful and supportive of the benefits of urban agriculture;
  • To put together a volunteer committee of Kansas City, MO residents to lead the codes revisions process. This committee would work with KCCUA, the Food Policy Coalition, and city staff to research possibilities, prioritize, draft, and build political support for more urban ag applicable codes; and
  • Start a process that other municipalities in the metro area can use as inspiration and as a model for creating more urban ag friendly cities.
At the meeting, we will have KCMO Councilwoman Beth Gottstein, Patty Knoll from the Planning and Development Department of the City, and possibly other City representatives.

The issues which could be addressed through a codes revision process include:
  • Types of agriculture: community gardens, educational gardens/farms, commercial farms, hand intensive, tillers/tractors, etc.
  • Light manufacturing/processing (e.g. canning facility, fruit processing, dehydration, etc.)
  • Employees, volunteers, trainees
  • On-site sales
  • High tunnels/greenhouses/ other structures
  • Livestock: set-backs, numbers allowed, types of livestock, etc.
There are likely to be other issues as well, which is why we especially want those of you who are either currently engaged in or who are considering getting involved in urban agriculture to attend. The models for how we do urban food production in the Kansas City metro area are rapidly evolving; we need to think not only about what we are seeing now, but what we might see in five years, in ten years, or further down the road.

*** PLEASE RSVP! We want to have some idea of how many folks to expect. And, if you can, bring a folding chair, BADSEED will have some on hand, but depending on the numbers, we may need more.

If you have any questions about this, you can contact:
We're excited about entering into this process and look forward to working with the city to help promote good food production Kansas City, MO and to be what we hope is the first of many cities in our area looking at the benefits of urban food production.