Dearest Connoisseurs of Local Organic Delights -

This is your "badseed" Farmer, Brooke, and man ooooooh man am I pooped! It is 10:45 at night.....I dragged my old bones in from the field around 9:00.....made pasta from scratch with my honey......and now I have this dang "market e-mail" to write!! I know I am supposed to be all cute and clever and make y'all wanna jump for joy while supporting local farms and eating ethically produced food, BUT I simply don't have it in me this week. Will you forgive me???? If you'd like some inspirational "agrarian rantings" check out my monthly column, "Homegrown Revolution" in Tastebud Magazine. I guarantee it will inspire the "dirt worshiper" within you and make your mouth water all the while.

Every year around this time (spring planting....) I get a little burnt-out and I NEED my darling customers to rejuvenate me. You will have your chance this Friday night from 4-9 PM at the BADSEED Farmers Market!!.....and if my tired ole' booty isn't enough to lure you, then maybe this week's totally delicious farm-fresh fantasia of goodness will be. Read on....

New Farmer Alert!!!
Everybody please welcome our newest full-season vendor
Stan & Carmern Biggs with Bigg Blue Farm in Mosby, MO
Stan began growing vegetables at the age of 10 as a 4H project. He fed his entire family of 7 for many years, and has continued to grow delicious & wholesome foods ever since. Carmen grew up on a 1500 acre fruit and vegetable farm in Romania. This farm had been in her family for 6 generations, and like Stan, Carmen's family lived entirely off the foods produced on the land. The farm operated until 1988, until the communist government took their land to build an airport. Today Stan and Carmen organically grow on 7.5 acres in Mosby, Missouri and you can enjoy the fruits of their labor every Friday. This week they will have:
Green onions in red, white and yellow, Spinach, Red Siberian Baby Kale, Radishes - cherry belle, white icicle (hotter than hell!!), French Breakfast & more tasty heirlooms, Rhubarb in limited quantity, Mustard Greens, and Herbs (Sweet Marjoram & Sage)

From the usual gang of gregarious growers:

BADSEED Farm, Brooke Salvaggio & Daniel Heryer (South KC)
*Heirloom Transplants (voluptuous eggplant, hot peppers, culinary herbs, edible nasturtium flowers and more....)
*Sex in A Bowl (badseed's signature SALAD MIX with chocolate mint, herbs, and chive blossoms)
*Asian Invasion (a spicy salad mix or stir-fry mix with tasty asian greens and mustards)
*Radishes (in easter egg and cherry belle)
*Spring Garlic (totally outrageous)
*Fresh Chives, Oregano, Thyme, Mint, Savory, and Russian Tarragon
*Farm-Fresh Eggs

Herb"N"Gardener, Lew Edminster (Westside, KCMO)
*Transplants including heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, flowers, etc.
*Peppery & Perfect Arugula
*Gourmet Salad Mixes
*Chives, Sorrel, Green Garlic.....
*Kale & Chard !!

Platte Prairie Farms, Steve Mann (North KC)
*Arugula & other mean greens....
*Bamboo Shoots
*Black Raspberry Plants, Tomato Plants, & Bamboo Tomato Trellises

PJ's Mushroom Farm, Paul & Judy Miller (Warrensburg, MO)
P & J may not make it this week, but if they do, they will be bringing down the house with:
*A whole lotta' Shitake Mushrooms
*Oyster Mushrooms
*Brown Eggs
*Cornish Hens
*Hand-made crafts (compliments of Judy) from recycled materials

Parker Farms, Tom and Paula Parker (Richmond, MO)
*A variety of 100% grassfed beef and all natural pork including:
pork chops, country breakfast sausage, Chipotle brats, pork bratwurst, pre-cooked franks, chili-cheese links, T-Bones, Rib steaks, KC strip steaks, stew meat, ground beef patties, and Beef Kabob meat
*Homemade soy based candles and gourd birdhouses (compliments of their lovely girls who grew the gourds on the farm!!)

Bread Of Life Bakery, The Crowther Family (Stewartsville, MO)
*sandwich breads
*savory breads
*sweet breads
*specialty treats
**ALL MADE FROM 100% Locally Grown, Organic Wheat!!!!

Puddin' Head Coffee, Harry Lee, (Raytown, MO)
*Only the BEST fair-trade/organic/micro-roasted coffee in town!!
I won't drink anything else. Get yourself some beans or grab yourself a mug.

....and lets not forget about the green stuff!!! WHEAT GRASS SHOTS & TRAYS from the lovely Angela Hoffman. This is hard red winter wheat and it is oh so sweet and oh so good for you. Take a shot and feel the difference.

Other organic offerings include:

ARTISAN GOAT CHEESE from Goatsbeard Farm
Only the most sophisticated goat cheese in the midwest. This healthy herd of 50 gorgeous goats in Harrisburg, MO are eating plenty of fresh pasture so that they can bring you delicious Aged & Fresh varieties including Moniteau Blue, Prairie Bloom, Walloon, Taum Sauk, Osage Orange, Herb Crusted, Feta, and more....

Certified Organic Flour from Heartland Mill
An impressive selection will be available each week including all purpose, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry, golden buffalo, malted (for peak crust coloration), and blue cornmeal!! An artisan bakers dream......

and Kombucha Mushroom Tea (Brooke's home brew)
Sip while you shop!

Up-coming Urban Homesteading Classes for June -

Not just a fad, but a way of life for many, preserving our food also helps preserve our health! Learn how to make the many canned goods you buy at the market and wonder…”how do they do that”? From sweet strawberry preserves to smooth tomato puree to multi-purpose pepper relish, organic farmer, Tom Ruggieri, and local foodie, Emily Akins, will show you how. Students will be instructed on canning science, safety, and technique while making some tried and true (oh so delicious) recipes—family secrets that are meant to be shared. At the end of this 5 hour intensive, hands-on course students will take home 1 flavorful jar of the day’s accomplishments. **All ingredients are organic, and produce is from local farms.

Preserves and Jellies -

*Sunday, June 6th, 1-6 pm at the BADSEED Market, 1909 McGee, KCMO, 64108

There are many ways to make preserves and jellies, and each “canner” has their favorite way. We will prepare these sweet treats using 4 methods, so that students can experience them all. We will make jams and jellies using pectin, sugarless pectin, no cook pectin, and finally the old fashioned way of cooking the fruit and sugar down until it sets into a wonderful preserve!!

Planned recipes (depending on fruit availability) include strawberry preserves, mint jelly and orange marmalade. Come ready to taste the delectable differences and decide on the method you like best. *Water bath

Cost of Class - $50

Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
*Sunday, June 27th, 1-3:30 pm at the BADSEED Market, 1909 McGee, KCMO, 64108
Join Tena Bellovich, Mushroom Aficionado and owner of Shroom Heads Organic Farm, and learn the magicalprocess of growing gourmet Oyster Mushrooms on logs. Students will engage in a short discussion on the process of mushroom cultivation including cloning and making spore prints, transferring the mycelium from agar to grain, and from grain to wood dowels.

Students will then get a hands-on experience as they receive a log, oyster plugs, cheese wax, and a demonstration on how to plug your logs. Everyone will take home their (newly plugged) oyster mushroom log, and enjoy the wonderful world of fungi first-hand!! Bring your own drill with a 5/8 inch drill bit.

Cost of Class - $30

For a full list of classes and to download a registration form please go to

See you Friday!!!

Yours Truly,

-farmer and mistress of the BADSEED

An Urban-Organic Farm & Market
Celebrating Local Food, Culture, and Community
Fridays, 4-9pm

Wednesday Evening Local Food in Kansas City - WESTPORT PLAZA FARMERS' MARKET - at Westport & Wyoming

(was 39th Street Community Market)

No, our 2010 tomatoes are not in-season, yet...

Attention Spring Lovers,

There is more growth happening out there and you have access to it here in the big city. Wednesday the 12th from 4:30 -7:30, make your local food selections on Westport Road and Wyoming Street in the lot three blocks east of State Line on the north side of the street. Our new location was hopping last week and we will have more vendors this Wednesday.

Greens, Salad Mix, Onions, Radishes, Herbs, Jams, Breads, Grass Fed Beef,
Free Range Eggs, Oyster Mushrooms, Handmade Goods, Cut Flowers, Starts and Plants of all kinds. Get your own garden started now so you won't have to buy later! Our Massage Therapist will be back! We will also have some delicious music by Eric Houser. Be there this Wednesday for goodness sake!

Dave Bennett Market Manager



The Year of
Urban Agriculture
Promoting community agriculture
efforts and increased access
to locally grown food

On April 29th, 2010 DPD released a SEPA Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) for code changes to remove barriers to urban agriculture. The proposed legislation includes recommendations to add and/or clarify the definitions of key agricultural terms; expand opportunities for community gardens and urban farms in all zones; allow rooftop greenhouses dedicated to food production a 15 foot exception to height limits; add farmers' markets to the definition of a "multipurpose retail sales" use; increase the number of domestic fowl allowed on a lot from three to eight; and, allow existing urban horse farms greater than ten acres to operate as a permitted use in single-family zones.

These code changes are a key component in the "2010: The Year of Urban Agriculture" campaign to promote urban agriculture efforts and increase community access to locally grown food.

For more information on DPD's work on code changes for urban agriculture, and to comment on the proposed code changes, please visit the project

Overland Park Farmers Market - Local Growers Take Management Issues Public

Have Commies Taken Over a Farmers Market in Kansas?


Truly Local

A major brouhaha has erupted this spring in Overland Park, Kansas, over the expulsion of nearly a dozen longtime vendors from the popular local farmers market. Managers of the market, which is run by the Overland Park Downtown Partnership, have inexplicably refused to explain why the vendors were booted. It is equally inexplicable that the Kansas City Star, which has reported on the evictions from the market and the ensuing furor, hasn’t done a little bit of digging to get to the bottom of the story.

Anonymous commentators have been all too happy to fill the void with rumors and innuendo on invective-laced web forums.

The Star has reported that vendors who were told not to bother showing up at the market this year received termination letters in January which stated simply that “transition is necessary in order to meet the expectations and interests of today’s consumer.” Robin Fish, executive director of the partnership, has declined to offer further comment about the controversy, according to the Star. Paul Lyons, a member of the City Council who sits on the partnership’s board, has gone as far as to say that he “had an opinion about” the ousted vendors, but he has refused to say what that opinion might be.

The disinvited vendors haven’t been mum. They have picketed the market to protest their ouster. And they have told newspaper reporters that they believe they were kicked out because they refused to succumb to pressure from market managers to raise their prices -- demands that they said were illegal....


Truly Local

URBAN AG RIDES AGAIN... Meeting at KCMO City Hall Today (Wed 5/12/2010)


Today, the Planning and Zoning Committee of the Kansas City, MO City Council meets once again to take up the issue of urban agriculture in the city’s many diverse neighborhoods. At the last hearing, the committee focused on details of regulating urban agriculture. Some of the ideas that were floated made good sense to us, others would place new and burdensome restrictions on the act of growing healthy food for Kansas City neighborhoods.

The City Council has an opportunity to give residents the choice of neighborhood-based access to locally grown food and neighborhood-based green businesses and jobs. It has an opportunity to step forward and embrace urban agriculture as one of many effective strategies for community development, healthy eating, and neighborhood revitalization. They need your support though to be creative and forward thinking on the question of growing food in Kansas City neighborhoods, so your presence at the hearing will be important!

The group of residents, growers and health activists that have been working on this are supporting amendments to the proposed ordinance that would allow for a grower (whether private or a non profit organization) to apply for a Special Use Permit if they want to sell their home-grown produce on site and if they want to create employment opportunities in urban agriculture. A special use permit isn’t ideal to our minds, but it would give individual communities the power to define for themselves what makes for a healthy, live-able and quality neighborhood.

Please show up today for the Hearing!

Wednesday, May 12, 1:30 pm, 10th Floor, City Hall
414 E. 12th, Street, Kansas City, MO

Come early, the room they have moved the hearing to will seat fewer people- we want to make sure that the people who support Kansas City taking steps to become a growing community are in the room!

Katherine Kelly
Executive Director, Farmer
KC Center for Urban Agriculture