201105020 Funky Friday Farmers Market at BADSEED - EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS IN THE CROSSROADS

Fellow Food Revolutionists & Dirt-Diggin' Devils -

This is your utterly exhausted (and dedicated!) Farmer Brooke with my weekly dose of local-organic "righteous rhetoric".  The BADSEED Farmers Market will be bangin' this Friday from 4-9 PM with glorious spring produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats, artisan cheese, rustic breads, raw honey, micro-roasted coffee, micro-brewed sodas, and more!!!!  Yummy in my oh so pregnant tummy......

Okay, Okay.......


I am going to be perfectly honest with you (because my weekly e-mails are not in fact one big marketing scheme!!!).  I'm not feelin' the "food revolution" this week.  Sometimes the "agrarian dream" can blow up in your face and Mother Nature can kick your sorry ass!!  I am having one of those weeks from "farmer hell".  I won't go into detail.  I think the science-related specifics of my crop failures would only interest fellow-farmers or agricultural extension agents.  Let's just say farming new land with foreign dirt is no easy game and Dan and I are feeling like worn out mules without a hope in the world!  My "pastoral vision" is in the toilet right now and I just wish my damn ethics didn't keep from living an EASY American Life like everyone else!!    

Alright.....negative ranting is officially over!!  Thanks for listening. (I needed that)   

Anyway, on a more positive note, this Friday's market will be FRUITFUL and so will the FUTURE.  Read on for some TOTALLY AWESOME up-coming openings and classes brought to you by the "badseeds".  Mark your calendars and SPREAD THE DIRT


Not To Be Missed GREEN EVENTS:


Saturday, June 4th, 2-6 PM
5500 Bennington Ave., KCMO 64129 
(the farmstand will be open every following Saturday through October)
**Come and visit our 13 acre urban farmstead in it's very first season of production and experience first-hand where your food is grown!!  Enjoy a wide array of delicious, seasonal vegetables and fruits grown organically and with love in the Kansas City dirt.  Bring us your food and yard waste while your at it!!  We will compost them on-site with the GRAND OPENING of our 
Drop-Off Hours: Year-Round, Wednesday thru Saturday, 9-6 PM (starting June 4th)
*Sponsored by BADSEED, the MARC Solid Waste Management District, and the MO Dept. of Natural Resources
WE WILL TAKE ALL YOUR FOOD SCRAPS AND TURN THEM INTO LUSCIOUS ORGANIC PRODUCE!!  

**Good ole' fashioned fun will include LIVE MUSIC, FARM TOURS, FRESHER THAN FRESH SNOW CONES, COMPOST EDUCATION, KID's ACTIVITIES (baby chicks, geese, and ducks!!), and URBAN-GROWN GOODIES!!! 
Get "down and dirty" with KC's wildest Urban Farm on Saturday, June 4th!!



Class 1: Preserves and Jellies 101

*(water bath canning)
Sunday, June 12th,1-5 PM
 
Sweet preserves & jellies tend to be a favorite for most home-canners who take full advantage of the many seasonal fruits grown here in the Midwest, including strawberries, peaches, plums, apples, pears, and more!! There are many ways to make these spreadable delights and each “canner” has their favorite way. You can experience them all in this “jam-packed” class with 4 distinctive methods: 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,and mint jelly.
   

Cost of Class: $50.00

**To see a full list of course offerings or to SIGN-UP please visit www.badseedkc.com




SEXY VEGGIE OF THE WEEK


This week's runner-up is Tender Green Japanese Mustard.  
This Gorgeous Green Goddess is not your typical mustard.  In fact she is a coveted heirloom crossed with spinach making her one of the mildest mustards on the gourmet market!!  If you like your greens, you will LOVE this one.  These flat, smooth, flavorful leaves can be eaten raw, steamed, or stir-fried.  Find these lovely ladies in big ole' bunches for only $3!!!    

This week's grand-prize-winner (....drum roll please) is the totally kinky 
French Breakfast Radish!!!!!  These glowing red elongated beauties have a splash of stark white at their tips making them quite the "eye catcher".  Their flavor is mild with a cool-crisp texture that is utterly delectable.  These radiant radishes are a joy to harvest. Pulling their 3 inch long, brightly colored bodies from the rich black earth is incredibly satisfying.....(only second to sinking your teeth into their crunchy flesh)!!!.  This will sadly be the last of my crop for a couple weeks, so make sure to snatch em' up now!!! 

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



This Week's Organic Offerings:



URBAVORE Urban Farm
A project of BADSEED - Brooke Salvaggio & Daniel Heryer
5500 Bennington, Kansas City, MO 64129
Welcome to URBAVORE - an off-grid, diversified, urban farmstead in the heart of KCMO. Born in 2011, URBAVORE is working towards the creation of an “edible oasis” that brings organic growth, sustainable life, and creative solutions to a city neighborhood.  We grow an extensive variety of heirloom vegetables noted for their unique appearance and extraordinary flavor, as well as an array of culinary/medicinal herbs and edible flowers. URBAVORE is a non-certified, beyond organic operation dedicated to respecting both the health of the individual and the environment. It is our aim to build community and collective consciousness through the universal pleasure that comes from eating good food.
OFFERINGS:
*TENDER GREEN Gourmet Mustards
*Broccoli Florets (a fancy term for a failed broccoli crop that headed prematurely!!)
*Oasis Gourmet salad TURNIPS
*Radiant RADISHES in Easter Egg, French Breakfast, & Cherry Belle
*"Sex in a Bowl" Signature Salad Mix
Red Velvet Lover's Gourmet Lettuce Mix
PURPLE HAZE Spicy Mustard Madness
* "Asian Invasion" Specialty Salad or Stir-Fry Mix
* Bodacious Braising Mix (with baby kale and rainbow chard)
*Peppery & Perfect ARUGULA
*Garden Fresh Chives
*Organic Transplants 
  
 
including Culinary Herbs 
  
 
(Sage, German Thyme, Greek Oregano, Savory, Russian Tarragon, Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley, & Bronze Fennel), 
  
 
Aromatic Basil 
  
 (Thai, Lime, Lemon, Cinnamon, Purple Ruffles, Purple Opal, & Mammoth!), 
 
Medicinal/Tea Herbs 
  
 
(Lemon Balm, Calendula, Chamomile, & Peppermint), 
  
 
Flowers and Companion Plants 
  
 
(African Marigolds, 
  
 
Cockscomb, and Flamingo Feather Celosia), 
  
 
and Hot Peppers
  
  
(Italian Pepperoncini, Jalapeno, Cayenne, & Hungarian Hot Wax)

Herb'n Garden                                                                     
Lew Edmister & Destiny Riggs
17th and Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64108
For the “meanest greens” in town, check out Lew & Destiny's gourmet selection of urban-grown goodies.  They grow a mouthwatering array of  lettucesspicy mustardsarugula, and gourmet salad mixes on KC’s west side. Other tasty morsels include heirloom tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra, and filet beans.  New For 2011 -RUSTIC BREAD straight from Lew’s hand-built wood-fired oven.  YUM!
OFFERINGS:
*golden frills asian mustard greens
*arugula
*spice on spice salad mix
*gourmet soft salad mix
*raging red salad mix
*chives
*italian parsley 
*four kales
*swiss chard
*herb transplants
*hot pepper transplants

Bigg Blue Farm
Stan & Carmen Biggs
19801 NE U.S. Highway 69, Liberty, MO 64068
Despite full-time jobs, Stan and Carmen Biggs still find time to organically grow an impressive array of colorful vegetablesgreens, and storage crops on 7 fertile acres in Mosby, MO. Stan started out growing nutritious foods for his family as a 4-H project as a small boy. Stan’s passion for gardening was renewed when he met his wife Carmen, who grew up on her family’s 1,500-hectare farmstead in Romania that had passed through many generations. Today they cultivate the earth together, bringing well-fed customers delicious homegrown foods every Friday night at the BADSEED Farmers Market and through their Community Supported Agriculture program.
OFFERINGS:
*Spinach
*Baby Kale (Green Wave & Siberian Red)
*Oriental Mix
*Green Onions in red, white, and yellow
*French Breakfast Radishes
*Red & Green Lettuce Mix
*Baby Head Lettuce
*Baby Arugula

JJ Farms
John & Judy Kaiahua
8531 E. 81st Terrace, Raytown, MO 64138
John has been growing organically since 1984!!  He plants, weeds, and harvests all his own crops on urban land that has been chemical free for over 20 years.  Produce includes a wide array of vegetable offerings as well as applespeaches, and pears in season.  John is originally from the far off lands of Hawaii where he comes from a long line of pearl divers!!  Now he spends his days out of the ocean and in the dirt, growing righteous foods for the Kansas City community.  Lucky us!
OFFERINGS:
*Red & Green Romaine Lettuce
*Spinach
*Red & Green Bok Choy!!!

PJ's Mushroom Farm
Paul & Judy Miller
916 SW State Route 13, Leeton, MO 64761
yopjmiller7569@yahoo.com

"We purchase innoculated mushroom blocks from a Certified Organic supplier and place them in our growing trailer & cellar. There we water & harvest & get them to market as fresh as possible. We grow SHITAKE & OYSTER MUSHROOMS. We also have over 100 laying hens that produce wonderful, fresh, brown FREE-RANGE EGGS. We do our best to REUSE, RECYCLE and REPURPOSE our RESOURCES."

OFFERINGS:

*Shitake Mushrooms
*Oyster Mushrooms
*Farm-Fresh Brown Eggs
*Recycled Yard Art including vintage garden stakes!!

Parker Farms All-Natural Meats
Tom & Paula Parker
Richmond, MO
"We produce all-natural gourmet beeflambporkpoultry, and eggs.  All of our beef and lamb is 100% grassfed. They are never fed any grain, animal by products, antibiotics, or injected with growth hormones. We have been practicing Management Intensive Grazing since 1997. It is our goal to care for all of the livestock that we have been blessed with, in as natural and humane a manner as we can.  Our chickens for meat and eggs are also raised on pasture with green grass under their feet as much as the weather in this part of the world allows.  Our hogs are fed grain, but do live outdoors with dirt under their feet.  We do not use any petroleum based pesticides or fertilizers on our pastures. We believe that healthy people, and healthy animals start with healthy plants and a healthy, biologically active, soil community.  Our meats are available at the BADSEED Market or through our Community Supported Agriculture shares."
OFFERINGS:
*Ground Beef Patties
*Pork Brats
**Pastured Chickens coming in June!!!
**Pastured Thanksgiving TURKEYS available for PRE-ORDER!!  Talk to Paula Parker at market so she can order enough babies!!!!
*Tea Towels, Hand-made Teas, Candles, and Gourd Bird Houses from the lovely Parker Girls!!

Green Dirt Farm
Jacqueline Smith & Sarah Hoffman
Weston, MO
"Life is too short to eat grocery store cheeses! Green Dirt Farm, LLC invites you to try our HANDCRAFTED ARTISANAL SHEEP CHEESES created with milk from our very own PASTURED ewes. You can be assured of a richness and depth of flavor unique to the rolling bluffs of Weston, MO. Also on the menu is 100% GRASS-FED LAMB which is of unsurpassed quality, tenderness, and flavor."
OFFERINGS:
*Grass-Fed Lamb
*Artisan Sheep's Milk Cheese in aged and fresh varieties

New Traditionalist - Artisan Bread
Chris Glenn
Kansas City, MO
Chris produces old-world, rustic loaves from the finest locally-grown and milled flour on the market.   His breads are made from a sour-dough "starter", lovingly kneaded, and baked to perfection in a wood-fired oven.  Flour and water never tasted so good!    
OFFERINGS:
*SICILIAN LOAVES!!!! (
  
 
crusty, golden loaves made with 
  
 
organic durum flour, organic extra virgin olive oil, and a touch of 
  
 
Miller's Honey, topped with whole sesame seeds)
*Whole Wheat Loaf (crusty and rustic yet mildly sweet in flavor, coated with toasty bran!)
*Bagels!!!  (fresh baked and delicious)

Miller's Honey
Les MIller
Independence, MO
Les Miller only produces the best damn RAW HONEY on the market.  No joke!!  He is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to sustainable bee keeping and uses 100% natural and holistic methods for managing his hives which range from 60 to 100 at any given time.  His honey is sold in various quantities, and 1 gallon jugs are available on request!  Bees wax candles and other by-products are also available for purchase.
OFFERINGS:
*Raw Honey
*Bees Wax Candles

Get Real Food Co.
Sean Henry
Kansas City
"At GetReal Food Company, we’re committed to creating incredible beverages made with real foods that are naturally brewed. Hand-crafted by real people who truly care about the details, from what they make to how they make it, from what they put in their bodies to what you put in yours. The result is a series of beverages that create a new expression of soft drinks and mixers."
OFFERINGS:
*Kombucha
*Micro-Brewed, All-Natural SODA!!

Puddin' Head Coffee
Harry Lee Murrell
Kansas City, KS
Harry is proud to offer both roasted and green sustainable whole bean coffees from different regions around the world. All coffee beans sold are certified organic, Fair-Trade and/or Rainforest Alliance, available in 1# packages. Coffee is drum roasted in small batches to ensure its freshness for KC customers.  ”Coffee with a conscience” is available by the mug for only $1 and samples are free!!
OFFERINGS:
*Rain Forest Blend
*Ethiopian
*Peruvian
*Decaf



Other goodies include:

Certified Organic Flour from Heartland Mill
Freshly ground & locally grown whole wheat flourwhole wheat pastry flour, unbleached all purpose white flourmalted all purpose flour for bread baking, & blue corn meal !!!  A bakers dream.....



Remember: 
LIVE  NUDE  VEGETABLES!! and other organic delights... 
EVERY FRIDAY AT BADSEED
   



Yours Truly,

Brooke

-farmer and mistress of the BADSEED

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