Funky First Friday Farmers Market at BADSEED - A MUST ON FRIDAYS IN THE CROSSROADS

Dearest Friends and Eaters -

OH MY LORD!!! It is cold out there!!! My finger tips are thawing out as I type......

But don't you worry. All you die-hard seekers of "local-organic delights" can rest easy because 25 degree wind chills are not near enough to keep this crazy bunch of BADSEED Farmers out of their frost-tipped fields.

*This Friday from 4-8 PM you can enjoy yet another lush harvest at the BADSEED Farmers Market*

I mean c'mon!! It is December for crying out loud. All I can say is: Take advantage of it and EAT UP!

So, I promised myself as I was out in the field for hours (freezing my ass off), tediously harvesting arugula, kales, and greens mixes that I would not use that torturous experience to "guilt" you into supporting us Farmers this week. But alas, here I am, about to do just that (forgive me....it was really cold out there). Food for thought:

Most vegetable farmers call it quits come late October. Farmers Markets generally shut down, and despite the fact that there is still a lot of food in the field, it becomes more effort than it is worth to harvest crops and attempt to hustle them for a few dollars more. This late in the game, Farmers are exhausted and ready to take a well-deserved hibernation before it is time to get back in the green house come mid January. But not at the BADSEED! Our gang of growers that you have come to know and love are out in their fields (as you read this) pulling every last radish & cutting every last leafy green. They are braving harsh elements and general fatigue because they truly believe in making local food a reality all year long and because they LIVE TO FEED YOU! To give food is to give life, and it is that age old relationship between "farmer" and "eater" that keeps us vital and gives us the strength to seize yet another day. So my friends, soak up that life and gorge yourselves this Friday!

Alright, alright, alright....the farmer/eater gospel is over. Thanks for humoring my frozen booty!

So let's cut to the chase.

-This Week's ORGANIC OFFERINGS-

**New Vendor**
Steve Pierce with "My Neighbor Steve's" Totally Amazing Pasta Sauces from Baldwin City. KS. If you have not had the mouth-watering experience of pouring Steve's sauces over home-made pasta, you simply must. Steve uses local/organic tomatoes from his own garden and area farms to produce fine Italian sauces in Tomato Basil and (my favorite) Sicilian Puttanesca.

**New Vendor**
Maureen with organic Tulip Bulbs from Tulips on Troost, a non-profit organization working to beautify Troost Avenue and improve the lives of neighborhood residents. "Organic Tulips for Christmas! What better way to spread holiday cheer than some beautiful tulips in the middle of winter?"...and you will be supporting an awesome cause. Learn more about it at

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*Peppery & Perfect Arugula, Sexy Salad Mixes, our famous Asian "Stir-fry" Mix, Gourmet Braising Mixes with three types of Baby Kale, and Savoy Cabbage Hearts from BADSEED Farm



*Rutabagas, Turnips, Red Oak Leaf Lettuce, Chinese Cabbage, and Arugula from Platte Prairie Farms

www.prairietrading.com



*Heirloom Pumpkins, Fresh Ginger & Lemon Grass!!, Baby Pak Choi & Funjian Pak Choi, Mustard Greens, Apples, Icicle & French Breakfast Radishes, and Fennel from our man, Pov, at Hun's Garden



*Spicy Mustard Mixes, Specialty Greens, Scallions, and Easter Egg Radishes from Bigg Blue Farm



*Rainbow Chard, Pac Choi, Mizuna Bunches, Turnips, Broccoli, Lemon Sorrel, and .... (drum roll please)...

Christmas Trees from Blue Door Farm

Note from Laura @ Blue Door:

"Yeah, it's crazy, but I thought I'd bring down a few trees and see if anyone was interested. They are Eastern Red Cedars and will make the whole place smell undoubtedly "festive". For those concerned about me chopping down live trees, they are a (beautiful & aromatic) invasive species that takes over native prairie and serves as a disease vector to fruit trees! They need to go."

Buy a Tree, Save a Prairie!!!

(Laura can take special orders as well. Trees range from 4-10 feet)



*Grass-Fed Lamb including French Racks, bone-in and boneless lamb legs, lamb kabob meat, lamb shanks cut Osso Bucco style, lamb stew meat, and ground lamb. Not to mention Farmstead Sheep's Milk Cheeses in an impressive array of aged and fresh varieties from Green Dirt Farm

www.greendirtfarm.com



*Certified Organic Beef including steaks, roasts, ground, and special cuts from Wells Family Farm

www.wellsfamilyfarms.com



*Locally foraged Walnuts & Pecans from John Wilhelm of Grandview, MO



* Oh soooo delicious OYSTER & SHITAKE MUSHROOMS and Free-Range Eggs with burnt orange yolks from Paul and Judy at the Mushroom Farm



*Whole Grains Breads, specialty loaves, and baked goodies from our friends at Bread of Life Bakery



*Moist and Delicious breads, pies, cinnamon rolls, and endless sweet treats from Alice's home-grown and freshly ground wheat. As well as Canned Goods, Wood Carved Bowls, and more at Western Hills Produce



*Rich, dark, and devastating (in all the right ways) Organic & Fair Trade Coffee from our favorite local roaster at Puddin’ Head



Oh man...that is not all....Let's not forget our Wicked Wood Worker from Knot Perfect
These gorgeous organic creations will make excellent holiday gifts!


Whew! That was a mouthful. One more thing before I sign off - Being that it is "First Friday" in the Crossroads, the BADSEED is proud to be hosting our usual musical maniacs from Checkered Past. Enjoy their funky folk tunes while you shop. Until then, stay out of the Supermarket!!!!

SEE YOU FRIDAY.


Yours Truly,

Brooke
farmer & mistress of the BADSEED

Check out this month's Greenability Magazine
(Greenability is available at BADSEED Market):

http://www.greenabilitymagazine.com/

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

1909 McGee*KCMO*64108

See you this Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM