The FOOD REVOLUTION will not be televised...nor will it be hybridized. Experience it "in the flesh" this Friday at the BADSEED FARMERS' MARKET SEASON OPENING from 4-9 pm!!!!
YES!! YES!! YES!! We are "back in black" my friends. And DAMN...we've never looked so good. Well - let me clarify - the VEGGIES
look good...(the farmers look like hell cuz we've been working our asses off!!!). I've never experienced a Spring like this one. It's one for the charts. Due to the fact that we never had a proper winter and early spring was HOT HOT HOT, the ground warmed up quickly, and the early season production has shot through the roof. I've never seen so many greens, roots, shoots, and PURE VEG in all my life. It's a freakin' jungle in my field. I'm not the only farmer "burdened" with an early onslaught of FOOD. All the area growers are up to their knees in green goodness. The problem is - WE ARE STILL IN PRIME PLANTING SEASON!! - how the heck are we supposed to harvest all this spring madness??? Well, let us worry about that. All you need to worry about is making room in the fridge!!!
Anyway, I better type quick cuz this crazy farmer needs to get back out to her field and start cuttin'! (I got lettuce heads the size of Cleavland out there...)
So yeah - VEG ROCKS, but it aint all about the veggies. They are simply a compliment to all the other
MAN!!! That's one hell of a list!!! When I type that delicious list of offerings it makes me PROUD to be the proprietress of the BADSEED. It makes me PROUD to know such hardworking producers of REAL FOOD. It makes me PROUD to be an organic farmer, and it makes me PROUD to be a part of Kansas City's (one and only) FOOD REVOLUTION. Remember - you are what you eat. Eat right this Friday at BADSEED.
Love, Love, Love.
(keep reading...there's good stuff down there...)
Up-Coming "Urban Homesteading" Classes -
(for a full list of 2012 offerings CLICK HERE)
Sourdough BREAD BASICS
Monday, May 21st, 7-9 pm
*Located at BADSEED, 1909 McGee, KCMO 64108
As a self-described bread obsessive, Chris Glenn of New Traditionalist Bread thinks that the experience of starting with simple flour and water and creating something beautiful and edible can be magical and super fun. Join Chris as he breaks down the basics of materials, techniques, terminology, and many other resources to send you on your way toward full-fledged “Bread Head” status. Students will also experience hands-on demonstrations of mixing, shaping and baking, and, if all goes well, we will end the class with a lovely loaf to share.
Cost of Class - $30 (including samples and some sourdough “starter” to take home with you!!!)
*To sign-up please download a registration form from badseedkc.com
How To Raise Backyard CHICKENS!!
Sunday, May 27th, 3-5 pm
*Located at URBAVORE Urban Farm, 5 miles east of the plaza - 5500 Bennington Ave., KCMO 64129
Join urban-chicken-maniac, Brooke Salvaggio (and her 40 feathered friends), and discover the joys of keeping backyard birds from day-old chick to egg-producer. Learn everything the future city-chicken keeper needs to know for a successful mini-flock including:
*breeds and varieties (behavior, hardiness, egg-laying potential)
*brooder, coop and run design
*benefits of pasture and grazing
*feed and organic supplements
*natural predators (hawks, raccoons, dogs, etc.)
*not-so-natural predators (the City and residential zoning ordinances….)
Students will receive informational packets including local sources for chicks, feed, and various supplies.
Cost of Class - $30
*To sign-up please download a registration form from badseedkc.com
Creating Your Medicinal Herb Garden & Seed Starting Workshop
Saturday, May 26th, 1-3 pm
*Located at BADSEED, 1909 McGee, KCMO 64108
For details and registration for THIS WORKSHOP please contact the herbalist directly - Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 785-760-3052,
no calls after 8 pm
Sexy Veggie of the Week
For those of you who are new to the "BADSEED E-mail List", Sexy Veggie of the Week is a signature section of our weekly market e-mails. This is the part where Farmer Brooke selects a runner-up and grand-prize-winning vegetable from her field that exhibits "sheer sexiness" and divine decadence. Lush and graphic photos of the chosen veggies are attached, and their earthly bodies can be enjoyed "in the flesh" at that Friday's market!
Sexy Veggie of the Week was born out of a "shocking realization" I had about myself several years back. To my horror, I discovered that I was a bona fide PERVERT!...and not just any kind of pervert - a Veggie Pervert. I couldn't walk through my field without being hopelessly distracted and seduced by the swaying tops of my voluptuous beets or the bodacious curves of a bell pepper. I had to stop in my tracks, kneel down, admire and caress these heavenly fruits. In an attempt to diffuse my shame, I created Sexy Veggie of the Week as a way of cultivating "followers" and fellow-perverts.
So, without further ado, let the perversion begin:
This week's Runner-Up is the totally tantalizing EUROPEAN MESCLUN Gourmet SALAD MIX. This sensational assembly of heirloom greens makes for a tangy & BOLD salad that will blow your freakin' socks off. No joke. Light on the lettuce, this specially selected blend includes peppery arugula, endive, orach, mizuna, kale, mustard, corn salad and more. It is as delicious as it is beautiful. For those of you looking to jazz up a simple sandwich or "freak-out" the taste buds on your dinner guests - THIS SALAD IS FOR YOU. Go wild.
This week's Grand-Prize-Winner is the radiant RUBY RED TURNIP. What can I say...she's a sex machine!! All the other turnips in the field cannot stop staring at her perfectly scarlet skin enveloping pure white flesh. Her red veined leaves sway ever so gracefully in the wind and it drives the other vegetables MAD with desire. YOU MUST EAT THIS TURNIP! Similar to a radish, Ruby Reds have a crisp & flavorful disposition that lend themselves to raw eating. Slice these babies thin on a salad or dip em' in a cool yogurt dill dressing. They are also super yummy lightly sauteed with a variety of Asian greens. Originally from the Orient, these gals are a rare gem.
Pictures are attached. You know the drill - print them out, blow them 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 Ave., 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.
*SEX IN A BOWL - Gourmet Salad Mix
*EUROPEAN MESCLUN MIX
*"SIAMESE DRAGON" Stir-Fry Mix
*Purple Pac Choi!!!!
*GIANT HEIRLOOM LETTUCE HEADS (Buttercrunch, Red Sails, Red Romaine, Pirat)
*Ruby Red GOURMET TURNIPS
*Oasis SALAD TURNIPS
*Large & Luscious LEEKS!!
*FRESH HERBS: Sage, Oregano, Russian Tarragon
17th and Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64108
For the “meanest greens” in town, check out Lew's gourmet selection of urban-grown goodies. He grows a mouthwatering array of lettuces, spicy mustards, arugula, and gourmet salad mixes on KC’s west side. Other tasty morsels include heirloom tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra, and filet beans. New For 2012 - RUSTIC BREAD straight from Lew’s hand-built wood-fired oven. YUM!
OFFERINGS From The Lips of Lew:
" just for the record: in all the years i've grown stuff in the ground, i've never witnessed a season this quick and this lush! even though our market is just beginning, i'm having difficulty just stayoing up with the current growth burst. wow! that's about the simplest thing to say. this also brings me back to a persistent reality - i can still use temporary volunteer help for harvesting and weeding. a few hours of being in the dirt a week can get you a good sized bag of veggies.
before i get to the list of veggies, herbs and transplants, i am happy to say i'll be firing up the wood buring oven to bring along a batch of arugula pesto sourdough bread. time only allows me one day of baking a week, so amounts will be limited.
i have eight different kales in the ground right now and will be bringing generous bunches of blue scotch, white russian, red russian and rainbow this week. take it from me -they are scrumptious! therainbow chard leaves are huge, so are the bunches. there'll be plump and sweet radishes, flat leaf parsley and a limited amount of winterbor kale thinnings for salads. speaking of salad, i'll start with an incredible mesclun mix, my unique spice on spice mix and lots of first cutting arugula.
i still have an abundance of transplants - at least for now . there's a small amount of dill. but plenty of parsley, rosemary, sage, hollyhock, chard, kale, sweet peppers, hot peppers and tomatoes. "
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 apples, peaches, 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!
*JOHN'S BUSY GROWIN' BUT HE'LL BE TOTING VEGGIES NEXT FRIDAY!
Rocky Creek Valley Farms
Elizabeth & Gary
Lizzy is an herbalist turned farmer who cultivates glorious acreage north of Richmond, MO. Lizzy's diversified farmstead includes organic vegetable & herb production, free-range laying hens, and dairy goats. Lizzy also offers classes in sustainable gardening and herbalism.
*FRESH HERBS: cilantro, Russian & French tarragon, French sorrel, lemon balm, young horseradish leaves, rosemary, spearmint, peppermint, catnip, chives, thyme
*New Zealand Spinach
*Heirloom Micro Greens!!
*French Breakfast Radishes
*Heirloom Tomato Seedlings
Parker Farms All-Natural Meats
Tom & Paula Parker
"We produce all-natural gourmet beef, lamb, pork, poultry, 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."
*Ground Beef & Patties
*Pork Products: Chops, Brats, Breakfast Sausage, Italian Sausage, & Spare Ribs
*Lamb Cuts: Ground Lamb, Shoulder Steaks, Rib Chop (butterfly cut, loin chops), Leg (bone in whole, shanks, lamb liver)
**Pastured Chickens !!!!
*Tea Towels, Hand-made Teas, Candles, and Gourd Bird Houses from the lovely Parker Girls!!
Green Dirt Farm
Jacqueline Smith & Sarah Hoffman
"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."
*Artisan Sheep's Milk Cheese in aged and fresh varieties including:
Dirt Lover, Woolly Rind and Wee Woollys, and *maybe* a few Bossa ... and all flavors of fresh sheep's milk cheeses (Plain, Rosemary, Garlic & Peppercorn, Lovage, Nettle and Spicy Chilis)
New Traditionalist - Artisan Bread
Chris & Cara
Kansas City, MO
Hand-made small batch breads made from local organic ingredients and natural Kansas City Sourdough, what could be finer? Chris and Cara bring you classic european loaves and variations based on what's new and what's fresh. We can't wait to share with you.
*FENNEL RAISIN LOAVES
*RUSTIC WHITE LOAVES
Hippie Chow Granola
Suburban Kansas City
Small-scale producer of high-quality, high-character natural foods. Our gourmet granola is handcrafted in small-batches with 100% natural ingredients including organic Kansas oats and local wildflower honey. Peace. Love. Granola.
*Peanut Butter Banana
*NEW THIS WEEK: Cherry Walnut Granola. A limited-release, Granola Lab flavor from your favorite crazy mad hippie/scientists. Made with Michigan, Montmorency red tart cherries and American black walnuts from Stockton, MO plus organic Kansas oats and local wildflower honey. Start building your stash now because this flavor will only be around for a few weeks.
"Spend $20.00 with us you get a free Hippie Chow canvas tote bag!"
Soda Vie & Manos Chocolates
"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."
*Kombucha (all flavors)
*Micro-Brewed, All-Natural SODA!!
*RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATES FROM MANOS (dark chocolate & not-quite-white!)
THIS IS THE BEST STUFF ON EARTH!!!!
Nutressant - Bath & Body
John & Sandy
John & Sandy's hand-crafted, organic body products are petroleum and chemical free and will not pollute the planet or irritate your skin! Furthermore, they are luxurious and fragrant and oooh soooo wonderful. They have the mother-load of offerings including tooth paste, dish soap, and detergent!!!...(not to mention your more typical health and beauty products). Lather up and feel good!!!
*Bar Soaps, Body Scrubs, Facial Sprays, & a whole lot more
**new SCRUB BAR soap made with ODDLY CORRECT coffee!!
Other goodies include:
Certified Organic Flour from Heartland Mill
The new shipment has arrived and we have a full assortment of artisan flours locally grown and milled. A bakers dream....
LIVE NUDE VEGETABLES!! and other organic delights...
EVERY FRIDAY AT BADSEED