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

Dearest Connoisseurs of Local Organic Delights -

This is your crazy Farmer Brooke and I am here to talk about where food comes from! Well, to be honest, the answer to that question has become a little complicated. In today's world (a place where the family farm has been replaced by mini malls, lunchables, and fast food joints) it is no wonder that many kids cannot identify a potato or a tomato in it's raw form. When your entire world since birth has consisted of french fries and ketsup, suddenly real food becomes a mystery.

So, sure, I get it: today's youth is completely disconnected from the source of their food & mother nature. But what blows my mind is that it isn't just the younger generations, it is majority of the public, even those who grew up on farms!!

Here is a rather funny example of what I am speaking of. The content that follows involves the "birds and the bees" and it is fairly explicit. If you are a sensitive reader just skip over my little story. (I would hate to offend anyone....)

So a couple mornings ago I was sitting at the breakfast table with good ole' Grandpa enjoying a strong cup of coffee before the day's labor. We were looking out the kitchen window together admiring my beautiful hens who were on the hunt for early morning worms in the green grass. Recently the City had forced us to get rid of our stately Roosters that had been part of our flock for over a year and a half. Grandpa was lamenting their absence and asked me how the hen's were doing without their cocks. I said they were fine, a little lonely and confused, but content for the most part. I then went on to comment about what a shame it would be to no longer have delicious fertilized eggs. (Fertilized eggs have a better flavor and less cholesterol in the yolk). Grandpa looked at me rather confused...."What do you mean fertilized?" I told him that generally all the eggs are fertilized whenever there is a rooster in the flock. "How does he fertilize them?" I thought he was just playing with me, and I rolled my eyes - "you know used to raise chickens!". "No really", he pressed, "what does it mean for them to be fertilized". After some back and forth conversation on the subject I finally got impatient and blurted out: "IT IS WHEN THE ROOSTER EJACULATES INSIDE THE HEN!!!". His eyes got really big, he nearly spit out his coffee, and then he got all giggly. (just like a kid)

I got to thinking about it later. Grandpa was raised by a Sicilian father who had immigrated to this country. Growing up he was in charge of the chickens and the milk goats that his father always kept in their small backyard at 27th and Cherry. He painfully recalls his father forcing him to do all sorts of barnyard chores like culling excess roosters and milking the goats twice a day. To this day, he will not eat Ricotta cheese, as that was a family staple (made with the whey from the goat's milk) because they could not afford meat.

Grandpa has come a long way from his childhood at 27th and Cherry. Today he joyously eats industrial foods out of boxes and cans. He loves the microwave! He shops at Aldi (for the best deal), and he refuses to prepare the many fresh Italian vegetables and fruits that I grow in his massive backyard. He misses his riding lawn mower (the garden, the orchard, and the animals have taken over the 2 acre lawn that he once enjoyed mowing so very much).

My grandpa is happily disconnected from his food & the farm (despite the fact that there is one in his backyard!!). For him, realizing the "American Dream" meant getting as far away as possible from his childhood and the sort of peasant activities that his old-world father celebrated and lived by. He made money, bought a big property, owned lots of cars, and had children and grandchildren that could live comfortably in the wake of his successes. But the world is a funny place and things always come full circle. At 88 years old, Grandpa has chickens in the backyard once again because his crazy granddaughter did everything she possibly could to abandon the "American Dream" and get back to the dirt!!

So, I guess that answers our initial question: Where does real food come from?? It comes from the dirt. Eat up "dirt-lovers"

this Friday at the BADSEED Farmers Market from 4-9 PM.

Okay enough already.......lets get to the GOOD STUFF ( brought to you by your bona fide field expert and Veggie Pervert ) -

***Sexy Veggie of the Week***

This week's runner-up is the ever so sweet Cherry Tomato.
These little ladies are the first tomatoes to ripen on the vine each season. They come in a stunning array of varieties including Sun Gold, Yellow Pear, Chocolate Cherry, & Sweet 100. The best part is.......they taste just like candy!!! Pop em' in your mouth and you'll never want to stop. (I get sick whenever I am picking these gals early in the morning because I eat too many on an empty stomach!!!) Quantities are limited as tomato season is only just arriving, so come early for this one.

And now the moment we've all been waiting for.....
this week's grand prize winner (drum roll please) is freshly pulled GOURMET ONIONS in sultry Italian varieties including Red Marble Cippolini, Borrentana Cippolini, and my favorite, Tropea Lunga (a radiant elongated onion with a blushing pink disposition and a sweet yet pungent flavor). Tropea onions come from a small town in Italy by the same name that is famous for their sweet onion jam with red wine and herbs. **I canned many jars of this jam last year following the traditional recipe and we just opened the very last jar today!! Good thing they are back in season. Yum.

Pictures are attached. You know the drill - print them out, blow them up, & plaster them all over the men's room!!

New Vendor Alert:
The Badseeds are elated to welcome our newest Organic Farmer: John Kaiahua of JJ Farms. John has been growing organically in the heart of Raytown for over 20 years. He is a hell of a guy and a hell of a grower! Us youngins' in the farm biz look to John for his extensive experience with organic production. But, don't let his Missouri "field-smarts" fool ya. This tan man is originally from Hawaii. We are sure glad he made the trip. John and his partner Micki will have righteous potatoes, beans, beets, summer squash, kale, swiss chard, bold cabbages, and free-range eggs!!!!!!

From the usual gang:

BADSEED Farm, Brooke Salvaggio & Daniel Heryer (South KC)
*Boadacious BEETS!!! (in the totally outrageous "3 Root Grex"!)
*TURNIPS!!! (in Ruby Red & Gold Ball)
*Fresh Dug GARLIC (truly irresistable)
*Summer Squash (in Costata Romanesca, Raven, Eight Ball, French Patty Pan, and Yellow Crookneck)
*Red Russian KALE, Dino KALE, Red Bore, Winter Bore, and Rainbow Lacinato
*RAINBOW CHARD (oooh my God....what else can I say?)
*BRONZE FENNEL (heavenly)
*Chives, Chocolate Mint, Savory, and Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley!!
*BASIL (in Lemon & Thai!!!)
*Fresh-Pulled ONIONS (Sweet Red & White Italian Varieties)
*Heirloom Tomatoes (a small early season selection of succulent beauties......come right at 4 PM if you hope to grab em'!!!!)

Herb"N"Gardener, Lew Edmister (Westside, KCMO)
From the lips of Lew:
"arugula addicts can now rejoice yet another week into the summer because i'll have a decent supply of arugula by itself and a good load of yet another mix of arugula. i sampled it for dinner last night. it's sure reassuring when you get something just right. last week there was a wonderful lady who bought a bag of last week's arugula mix just because i said it was "yummy". she said if a full-grown (not overgrown) man could call a bag of salad mix "yummy", she'd have to buy it. so, yummy's my word.
i'll have heirloom tomatoes and filet beans, but i can't predict how much at this time. kaleaholics can relax knowing their fix awaits them in both russian and starbor bunches. my collards patch is screaming to be picked so get ready to mix it with mustard greens and kales in your sauté pans my summer squash is taking it's sweet time producing and it's a little early for peppers to be heavy, so patience dear eaters.
and remember - yummy!"

Bigg Blue Farm, Stan & Carmen Biggs (Mosby, MO)
*Zucchini and Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash
*Spring Onions in red, white and yellow
*New Potatoes in Yukon Gold and Red Viking
*Pickling Cucumbers!!
*Tomatoes!! (not a whole heck of a lot yet so get here early!!)

PJ's Mushroom Farm, Paul & Judy Miller (Warrensburg, MO)
*Cornish-Cross Chickens!! (FREE-RANGE!!!)
*A whole lotta' Shitake Mushrooms!!
*Oyster Mushrooms
*Farm-Fresh Brown Eggs
*Hand-made rugs & stained glass items (from 100% recycled materials)

Parker Farms, Tom and Paula Parker (Richmond, MO)
*Free-range Chickens (100% pastured) available this week.
*A variety of 100% grassfed beef and all natural pork including:
*Pork Chops & Pork Brats
*Pre-cooked Chipotle brats with cranberries
*Pre-cooked Franks & Hot Franks
*Chili Cheese Brats & Links
*Sirloin Steaks
*Rib Steaks
*Chuck Roasts & Arm Roasts
*Ground Beef and patties for the grill!!
*Homemade soy based candles and gourd birdhouses (compliments of their lovely girls who grew the gourds on the farm!!) as well as embroidered Tea Towels and homegrown Mint Teas!!!!

Bread Of Life Bakery, The Crowther Family (Stewartsville, MO)
*sandwich breads
*savory breads
*sweet breads
*specialty treats (vegan as well)
**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!!
Get yourself some beans or grab yourself a mug.

....stay tuned for the the lovely Angela Hoffman with her Wheat Grass Shots & Trays. She will be out of town for the next two weeks. We will miss her oooooh soooo much!!!

Other goodies will include:

ARTISAN GOAT CHEESE from Goatsbeard Farm
Aged & Fresh varieties including Prairie Bloom (a bloom-rind crotin style cheese with a rich and creamy center), Taum Sauk (a distinguished and nutty, appropriately aged, raw milk cheese), Osage Orange (a European-style muenster with a beautiful washed rind), Herb Crusted Chevre (delightful fresh cheese in a flavorful herb crust) , Marinated Chevre (fresh cheese relaxing in scrumptious olive oil, red pepper, and herbal goodness) and Greek-style Feta (residing in a salty brine that will make your head spin....sooo good)

Certified Organic Flour from Heartland Mill
Our order has been tied up due to the wheat harvest!! Expect an impressive selection of Artisan Flours next Friday.

RAW HONEY!!!....YES!! Les Miller (our wicked honey man) has a delightful new batch ready to go. He will be a buzzin' this Friday with that godly golden nectar and bees wax to boot!

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

Up-coming Urban Homesteading Courses include Canning & Preserving Workshop: Pickles and Condiments and
The Essentials of Herbalism and Plant-Based Medicine Making. To see full course descriptions or to sign up please visit:

LIVE NUDE VEGETABLES !! and other organic delights...

Yours Truly,

- farmer and mistress of the BADSEED

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

blue bird bistro - Farmers' Table - Saturday, July 10th

farmers' table

Saturday, July 10, 2010

$45 per person

reservations from 6pm to 9pm 816-221-7559

start with an aperitif and hors d'oeuvres as you mingle and visit with our

summer farmers

be seated for five courses of all local culinary delight

special seating at 7:45pm for anyone wanting to dine with the farmers

house made luna filled with house made Green Hills Harvest Dairy milk ricotta with a pool of local summer vegetables from

Wood Mood Garden and Nature's Choice Biodynamic Farm

blue bird bistro charcuterie, an assortment of local meats from Campo Lindo Farm,New Grass Bison,and Rain's Farm

Thane Palmberg Farm baby beet salad with a cucumber oil, blue bird bistrogarden arugula and
Thane Palmberg Farm cucumber gelee

Rain's Farm all natural hanger steak and Organic Way Farm sweet corn frittersdrizzled with Menno Bennerman Farm smoked beurre blanc

finish with Nature's Choice Biodynamic Farm heirloom tomato and blue bird bistro
garden mint pie
vegetarian option - $45 wine pairing - $20

follow our year of farmers' tables at

Jan Preston Paintings
artist reception thursday, july 8, 2010 5pm to 8pm

KC Organics Farmers' Market at Park Place - Leawood, KS - Wednesdays

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KC Organics at Park Place

“The Farmer’s Market in downtown Leawood”

Open Wednesdays May 12th
through October 13th

10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Barkley Square

Go 1 mile South of I-435 on Nall
enter on 117th from Nall ( just north of AMC 20 theatre)

◆ fresh-picked, locally grown organic produce
◆ also honey, edible flowers, herbs, mushrooms, breads and baked
◆ goods, grains, sauces FT coffee and Eco-products
◆ free-range eggs and grass-fed meats
◆ soaps, body care products, natural stoneware jewelry

A Unique Market Experience in all the Best Ways
Nestled in the Grassy area amidst a Distinctive collection of
Local Shops, Restaurants and Boutiques