Westport Plaza WEDNESDAY Farmers' Market (KCMO)

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Delicious foods await you at the Westport Plaza Farmers' Market this week.  Of course, shopping here involves  encouraging small farmers, supporting the local economy, is better for the land, soil and water, and generally an ideal way to live.  Besides all that wonderment,  you can buy yourself something fantastic and fresh that will make YOU happy.  Have you had Alice's cookies made with her own wheat flour lately?  You ready to make a mess of pesto with a big bunch of Sherri's basil?  Have you snacked on some fruity and nutty tasting noodle beans grown at Kathi's ranch?   Practically everything you can find at market will be picked or baked on Wednesday just for you!

and much more...


Join the neighborhood fresh food party this and every
Wednesday from 4:30 until 7:30 pm (except this one)
at the intersection of Westport Road and Wyoming Street in KC, MO.

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Customers can use their EBT (food stamp) cards from Missouri or Kansas and get twice the produce for the price.  Check it out!

Latest article by Brandon Reynolds (K.C. Star) highlights social networking efforts in our LOCAL FOOD & FARMING scene

Posted on Tue, Jul. 10, 2012 01:00 PM   (KANSAS CITY STAR)

Technology | Bridging the green thumb gap

Farmers dig into the digital world

Small growers are learning that social media is fertile ground for finding customers.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/10/3697350/farmers-dig-into-the-digital-world.html


Special to The Star

Farm apprentice Sarah Dehart, 32, is pulling carrots out of Cultivate KC’s field at Gibbs Road Farm in Kansas City, Kan.
She is sporting true farmer’s gear: overalls, a plastic tub of vegetables on her shoulder and a tan. Also tucked into the bib pocket of her overalls is a smartphone, a tool that has the potential to help spread urban farming knowledge in a viral sort of way.
Cultivate KC is a not-for-profit organization that encourages and develops urban farming through policy, outreach and marketing. So Ami Freeburg, the farm’s program assistant, and Dehart commiserate that smartphones are too easily lost or soiled out in the fields to make it very practical to snap photos of the produce as it’s picked and upload the images onto the organization’s Facebook page.
Getting farmers wired requires finding an interface for two different ways of life. On the one hand are most consumers, who work and play networked to one another by computer, smartphone or tablet. On the other are the farmers, who are mostly cut off, working in fields where cellphone signals can be weak to nonexistent.
Handheld technology isn’t designed with agriculture in mind. Nature’s operating system is powered by mud and rain. And for all the wonderful design that goes into a smartphone, working the earth has not typically been a consideration. (Apple has yet to make a decent trowel.)
Plus, the time demands of the virtual world can be out of sync with a farmer’s biorhythms. “It’s hard when you spend sun-up to sundown in the field,” Freeburg, 24, says. “You don’t want to go home and update your Facebook page.”
Consequently, small farmers are falling behind, but consumers may be the ones missing out. It’s a weird symptom of our time that you can go online and find hubs for hipster Disney princesses or people who dress up like animals or any other kind of kink, but there is no easy way to get on your computer and populate your dinner plate with locally grown food.
This green thumb gap separates consumers from direct access to small farmers. But an increasing number of small farmers are finding ways to connect through websites, social media and email alerts.
“Technology is a tool like all the other tools in my garden,” says Linda Hezel, owner of Prairie Birthday Farms, a small farm in Clay County that supplies 15 restaurateurs with wild edibles. It’s a tool that might just drop costs, increase farm income and educate the public about where their food comes from and how it gets to the plate...
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/10/3697350/farmers-dig-into-the-digital-world.html#storylink=cpy


WALDO WEDNESDAY FARMERS' MARKET - Tomatoes Galore! BBQ Food Truck! Picnic Project Art Workshop!

Quick notes about what you will find at the market. 

July 11th
Market Highlights

Hosted by 

303 W 79th  KCMO

Create a little art work. Visit with friends. Shop 'til you drop.
We've got you covered for supper


 Smokin' Fresh Streetside BBQ
Doug & Paula Sayles

Brisket, Pulled Pork & Chicken Sandwiches  Southwest Bean & Rice Wraps Ice Cold Drinks
(Flaps up about 4pm. Other vendors open at 3pm.)

Bear Creek Farms
Jeanna & Makayla
Tomatoes  Tomatoes & More Tomatoes!  Cabbage   Kohlrabi   Beets   Garlic   Onions   Kale   Chard   Potatoes  Cucumbers  Peppers  Jalapenos & lots more. Herb Transplants & How-To Herb Books

One More Cup
Stacy Neff

OMC Organic House Blend
(12 oz & 6 oz bags | whole bean & ground )

Surprise Single-Origin Whole Bean Coffee (12 oz bags)
Honey Almond Flax Granola

Stony Crest Urban Farm  
Rodger Kube & Diane Hershberger
Tomatoes   Bell Peppers   Patty Pan Squash   Zucchini   Onions   Cucumbers   Elephant Garlic          

John & Sandy Francis      

Toothpaste, Deodorant, Soaps and Lotions are just a start. Come try our Sugar Scrubs and Salt Scrub for really fresh, clean skin. All products are petroleum and chemical free. We have just what you need for sensitive skin.

Benedict Builders Farm
Calvin & Laura Benedict & Daughters
Braided Garlic  Fresh & Dried Herbal Bouquets  Onions  Potatoes  Pastured Pork & Beef   Sprouts   Guernsey Cheese   Eggs  Maple Syrup   Sorghum  Cut Flowers 

Farm To Market Bread
Anne Cave

 "Heavenly" Croissants  .. selling out each week ...don't miss out!   
Ciabatta, Pretzel & Multi-Grain Rolls    Sourdough Bowls  Brioche Buns   Egg Buns   Market-Only Breads: Roasted Garlic   Sun Dried Tomato   Pumpernickel   Raisin Walnut   Semolina   Kalamata Olive  

Gillis Growth Grove
An Urban Farming Project by Gillis Center Students
Theo Bunch, Coordinator

 Stop by the Gillis booth to see what the students have freshly harvested for you! 

Barham Cattle Company
& Family Farm

Kenny Barham

Farm Fresh Eggs   Pastured, Antibiotic & Hormone-Free Beef, Chicken & Pork  Summer sausage, sweet bologna & beef sticks are great eating when it's too hot to cook!

 New Roots for Refugees
Farmer San Win

 Stop by San's booth to see what she has freshly harvested for you! 

K. Kringle & Co
Kevin Edward
Specialty Loaf Breads: Black Forest Cherry, Spinach Feta & Bacon Cheddar   Focaccias   Dinner Rolls  Swedish Cinnamon Rolls  Cookies  Gluten Free Baked Goods  Jellies & Jams 

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Largest Zucchini Contest - July 25th
Are you growing the largest zucchini in Waldo???? Find out on July 25th. Bring your super-sized zucchini to the market. Agree to have the zucchini weighed and photographed. If your zucchini is the largest, win $20 in gift certificates from Waldo Market vendors.  It's that simple & fun.
KC's Picnic Project Workshop is coming to the Waldo Farmer's Market July 11th, 5-7pm!
The Picnic Project is an interactive art installation culminating in a 10,000 square foot picnic blanket for the lawn of the Nelson Art Museum of Art on July 15th. Come print your 5’ x 5’ red and white canvas square to become part of the picnic blanket! Blankets take about 20 minutes to print. Gloves, paint, shirts & footies are provided, but it is recommend you wear something that would be enhanced by a little red paint -just in case you get wild and crazy while painting. All ages welcome. For more information about the project visit www.kcpicnicproject.com
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