TIME for LUNCH - A National Campaign to Give Kids the School Food They Deserve



The National School Lunch Program hasn't been updated for years, and schools are struggling to meet the demand for fresh, local food. The Senate has introduced a bill with new funding for healthier food, stronger nutrition standards, and grants for linking schools to local farms -- but it's been stalled by Senate leadership, and may be postponed for another year or two. Instead of much-needed help, school lunch programs could end up with the same old status quo.

Please tell your Senators to make child nutrition a priority.

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Farmers' Community Market at Brookside - SATURDAYS 8am-1pm


Sunshine and Rain make happy farmers and a rainbow of veggies and good local cheeses & meats...yum, yum, yum!

Good things happening this weekend in the market:

9 am: Yoga on the front lawn!!!! Bring your mat and maybe an extra towel for cushion. We start at 9 am. This is yoga for everyone - beginners, children, young, old, big and small! And, we'll add a little Pilates for the core.

10 am: Ooey Gooey Worm Composting Demo - Molly Gosnell from Border Star Montessori PTA will be doing composting bin demonstration at "Children's Corner"! If you have any extra shredded paper, we could use some. She'll also be there from 9 to noon to answer questions about worm composting and show you the bin.

Here are the treats that await you from our vendors:

Hi there, friends - Thank you everyone for joining us at the First Annual Crestwood Dog Show last Saturday. It was a Perfect day. It was wonderful to see so many of you. The Crestwood merchants are to be commended for their hospitality. They thought of everything. We'll look forward to the event again next year. This week at the Brookside market we will be offering our all meat treats. Come by to see us and bring your dog. We'd love to see him. You'll want to stock up on treats and indulge your best friend on this holiday weekend.

See you Saturday. Bob & Kay

Green Dirt Farm will be at the market with our usual assortment of
cheeses, including our new Feta, our Dirt Lover, Woolly Rind, and Wee
Woolly, and all of our flavors of Fresh. In one more week we will have
lamb cuts, too. Hope we'll see you there!

Red Ridge Farms
It's national adopt a toad week! And to help your new family member settle in, make  sure you pick up one of our hypertufa Toad Abodes. Spacious, cool and moist, every  toad in the neighborhood will be jealous. Just think of all the extra bugs your  well-rested, new-found, amphibian friend will munch in appreciation!     Just in case you aren't shopping for a new toad house, we are also bringing some great  veggies, transplants, annuals and herb combo pots, and beautiful flower bouquets for  Memorial weekend.  See you at the Market! Ami, Jim, Anna & Andrew

Bear Creek Farms

Ok, now it is summer! And things are really growing - I think the tomato plants are gowing 6 inches a day! Finally! We, on the other hand, are having trouble transitioning from 60 degrees to 90!

This week at market we will have broccoli, beautiful bok choi, lettuce for those cool summer salads, radishes, snow peas, and whatever else is out there.

We'll bring some more plants for those of you still planting your gardens. We have some very cool tomato plants made just for hanging baskets or pots on your deck or patio. They are heirlooms - full of flavor - but just the right size for those with no real garden space or who are fighting the squirrels of KC.

Looks like it'll be another gorgeous Saturday. Hope to see you at market!

Lonnie, Jeanna and Logan
Robbins and Jim

Hello from KCCUA’s Community Farm!
It’s been a great week seeing farmers with worn-out eyes, mulch and grease-stained clothes, blistered-hands, sunburned backs and the widest of grins yet this season. With the hot, dry days it feels like we’ve really gotten some work done. It feels good to eat when you are really hungry and sleep when you’re really tired. It all feels good.
This week we’ll harvest and bring to the market…
SUMMER SQUASH (Zephyr is the variety), beautiful green onions, leeks, scallions, fennel, spinach, salad mix, lettuce mix, head lettuce, microgreens, pea shoots, arugula, Chinese cabbage, Chinese broccoli, broccoli raab, BROCCOLI, Swiss chard, kale bunches, collard bunches, braising mix, cucumbers, kohlrabi, turnips, beets, carrots, radishes and fresh cut herbs.
We’re bringing the transplants for a few more weeks only, so get what you need and want for your own garden now.
Stop by and say hello to Bobby Wright…one of our summer apprentices who farms his own garden on the east side of KCMO.
See you Saturday!

Laura from Blue Door Farms, The Bendict Builder Family, the Gunther Family, The Kim's with Meat and Bread, Luke and the gang from Bread of Life, and Jim, Alex and Aidian from Wood Mood Farms will all be there with their smiles and regular offerings.

And now, a word from our Season Sponsor (te he he):
Go green this Memorial Day weekend! Rent a Vespa from Vespa Crossroads for as low as $29/Day, and enjoy the holiday weekend in a new, greener way. The spring rains have caused our roses and gardens to bloom furiously, and you can truly enjoy the sights and scents of Kansas City from a scooter as you make your fun rounds through town this weekend. We're proud to be part of the Farmers Community Market at Brookside this year - introducing you to greener ways to get around KC. Did you know a Vespa gets upwards of 80 miles per gallon? Spend your dollars on locally-grown arugula instead of high priced gasoline! We look forward to meeting you at the market - Gail & John Redmond. p.s. my raspberry bushes are FULL this spring, and the Missouri fig I bought at the market two weeks ago is thriving! I see locally-grown honey, yummy local goat cheese, and figs from my own backyard in my future.

...and remember to Buy Organic, Buy Local, By Brookside!  Open Saturdays through October from 8 am to 1 pm at 63rd and Wornall,  in the heart of Brookside!

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.

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Thank you for your continued support!


Pam Bramlett – Market Manager
Farmers’ Community Market at Brookside
Phone 913-217-8535
Buy Organic, Buy Local, By Brookside


FüD and Jack Fruit


Wow, I wanted to share something with you guys that happened today! I went to this really awesome place for lunch called FüD. (Vegan Organic, but that is a whole ‘nother post.)

So, I had this really awesome ice cream minus the cream. It is made out of raw cashew nuts and it even had a carob chocolate syrup on top. It was truly amazing! (If you are wondering I did eat this before I ate my meal:)

I had something called the rainbow wrap. Basically it was a yummy salad on a nori wrap. (nori wrap is a piece of seaweed; the kind they wrap sushi in.) So there was a variety of mixed greens, red and yellow bell peppers, sliced cucumber, slices of apple, thinly sliced sweet red onion, topped with pieces of avocado and dried oregano. Rainbow Wrap is served with this yummy cashew sauce-dressing stuff. It was so beautiful to look at and delicious. It was so good that I forgot to take a picture of it. DOH!!! Oh well.

Again, the place is called FüD. (Sustainable, Organic, Local, Food) I think that is what it stands for?? FüD is located at 813 Summit, Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. You must go there if you enjoy healthy yummy food!

Something else that I would like to share with you that I have discovered at different times of visiting this restaurant is something called Jack Fruit. Sometimes people call it dragon fruit. They have several things that they serve it with at FüD. They make something called Tuna Rahh. It goes in place of where you would serve meat. Like in the Tuna Rahh it is the star of a mock tuna fish. It doesn’t taste like our traditional fruit (however, I haven’t tasted it alone) It takes on the flavors that you mix it with very well (kind of like tofu) and the texture is that of tuna fish. Pretty wild when you are eating it and remembering that it is actually fruit!!...

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Troostwood Youth Garden Market - FRIDAY & SATURDAY at 52nd & Paseo

Troostwood Youth
Garden Market

5142 Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

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

May 22nd thru late October

eMail: Managers (a) TroostwoodYouthGarden.info

Neighborhood youth are providing fresh and healthy vegetables from A to Z. All foods grown on-site using organic methods. We are members of JJ Farms. Please call if you have questions.