Troostwood Youth Garden Market - Friday evenings, Saturday mornings at 52nd & Paseo, KCMO

at the North-East corner of 52nd @ Paseo, KCMO
(Paseo Blvd & E 52nd St,
Kansas City, MO 64110)


Friday nights 3:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am - 3:00pm

... through October 2012

Contact: Mary Wright @ 816-444-5788 in Facebook

BADSEED Friday Farmers' Market ~~ 4pm to 9pm ~~ in the Crossroads @ 1909 McGee (KCMO)

BADSEED'S full weekly newsletter 
for July 13, 2012, is found at:  

Dearest Eaters -

There is only one word that can adequately describe my farm in it's current state: CRUNCHY.  The brittle grass literally crunches under my feet as I walk.  With each and every step my heart breaks a little bit more and the striking evidence of drought consumes me.  For any farmer, their land is like their mother.  They depend on it wholly.  It pains them greatly to see it suffer and they would give their own blood to save it.  Aaaahhhh....Good Earth!  What can we do?  Nothing.  Only hard...and pray for rain.  

Despite such horrid conditions - the good news is this: HEIRLOOM TOMATOES (!!!) and LOTS OF THEM.  Once established, tomatoes tend to do okay in hot, dry weather.  In fact, they taste even better when "dry-farmed".  The fruits (although smaller) are packed with flavor and the texture is superior. 


This Friday, at the BADSEED Farmers' Market, we are celebrating the almighty TOMATO in all its' magnificent forms.  At URBAVORE, we grow 37 mind-boggling varieties and they will be hitting the market tables with a BANG.  So, in preparation for the (delicious) onslaught of full-blown TOMATO SEASON, how about some  food for thought:


What the heck are they??

Heirloom Tomatoes are super sexy, open-pollinated cultivars that have been passed down from generation to generation.  They come in every shape, size and color imaginable with fabulous names and heart-warming histories.  Some of my favorites include Japanese Black Trifele (a ruby-purple pear shaped tomato with the richness of fine chocolate), Green Zebra (a lime green perfectly round beauty with yellow stripes and tangy refreshing flavor), and White Tomesol (a large and luscious cream-colored fruit packed with heavenly juice that runs down your chin and brings tears to your eyes!!).  The list goes on and on but before I call it quits I gotta mention this last one: Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter.  This brilliant pink, thick-fleshed beefsteak tomato (similar to the coveted brandywine) was developed back in the 40’s in West Virginia by an auto mechanic and avid gardener known to his customers as “Radiator Charlie”.  Each spring gardeners would come from as far as 200 miles away to buy Charlie’s tomato seedlings for $1 each.  Over the next 6 years, profits from his tomato enterprise went to pay off the $6000 mortgage on his home!

How do I pick the good ones??
With so many varieties and so many options, the discerning Farmers' Market Shopper can go a little insane.  My advice is to TRY THEM ALL!!  However, it is important to understand that COLOR TENDS TO DICTATE FLAVOR.  
PINK Tomatoes tend to be mild & sweet yet full-bodied, rich, and satisfying.
BLACK or PURPLE Tomatoes have chocolate-y undertones; they are divine and decadent beyond comprehension!
YELLOW Tomatoes are mild yet complex, their low-acid flesh pairs well with Pinks and Blacks.
WHITE Tomatoes are angelic, light, and oh sooo juicy.
GREEN Tomatoes are tart yet sweet, sometimes even spicy (!!) and they have the most refreshing "bite".
RED Tomatoes scream bold & classic tomato flavor, but lack complexity.
STRIPED or BI-COLORED Tomatoes are all the rage.  What can I say?  It's a party in your mouth!!

What else should I know??
NEVER REFRIGERATE TOMATOES!!  It will kill their flavor and ruin their texture.    

Well, well shoppers - that should get you on your way to sheer tomato bliss.  If you are craving more "heirloom tomato talk" check out the recipe for "Heirloom Tomato Stacks" below.  

See you Friday!!

...oh yeah... one more thing - El Tenedor - a wonderful food cart that uses local/organic ingredients will be preparing Spanish tapas and gourmet crepes THIS FRIDAY at BADSEED using our heirloom tomatoes!!  You gotta come out and try one!!!!!


**I include this recipe every year during the height of tomato season!

Heirloom Tomato Stacks with Fresh Sheep's Cheese & Purple Ruffles Basil
"the sexiest heirloom tomato dish known to mankind"
This dish is super easy and decadent beyond all comprehension:

Take 4 (strikingly different) varieties of heirloom tomatoes and cut them into thick slices.  Then build your stacks sandwiching Green Dirt Farm cheese and Purple Ruffles Basil in between each layer.  

I make mine 4 layers high with a nice big pink beefsteak as my base (try a Brandywine or a Mortgage Lifter) followed by a Green Zebra (a lime green beauty with yellow stripes and tangy refreshing flavor), a Purple Calabash (a ruby-purple, superbly ribbed tomato with the richness of fine chocolate), and lastly an Ivory Egg (a dainty, pear-shaped tomato with blushing cream-colored flesh and a light angelic flavor).  I drizzle the finished masterpiece with a little extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkling of Sicilian sea-salt, and a painfully decadent balsamic reduction.



Sexy Veggie of the Week

This week's Runner-Up is the deeply delicious Swallow Eggplant

This black-violet, glossy-skinned beauty is an elongated Asian variety with a marvelously "meaty" flesh that imparts true eggplant flavor without a trace of bitterness.  This succulent fruit will make eggplant connoissuers swoon, and will turn all you eggplant "haters" into LOVERS.  Simply chop these babies up and throw them in your frying pan with lots of olive oil, loads of (URBAVORE) GARLIC, and a nice sprinkling of salt and a few hot red pepper flakes.  Let em' fry to buttery perfection and enjoy.  I live and die for good, homegrown eggplant, and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into these!!!  After all, this is the VERY FIRST HARVEST for the season.  It's been a long winter, a longer spring, and I am ready for these sizzling summer fruits!  (Baby Percy is too...he eats em' raw...what a freak!!).

This week's Grand-Prize-Winner is the classic Brandywine Heirloom Tomato.  

Let me just start out by saying Mmmmmmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmmmmmm Delicious!  To put it lightly - Heirloom Tomatoes are just about the best damn thing Mother Nature gave us here in the ol' Midwest.  On hot summer days (working like a dog in my field) they are my reason for living!!  Brandywine tends to be everyone's FAVORITE and for damn good reason.  These large & heavy beefsteak tomatoes have blushing pink skin and even pinker flesh that exudes the utmost body, flavor, and superb richness.  This ever-popular heirloom dates back to 1885; it's origin is unknown.  I believe it was brought to earth by some ancient Greek Tomato Goddess with flowing pink hair and sweet brandywine-flavored blood pumping through her veins.  She wanted to ensure that we struggling farmers had something to look forward to each summer - that is, the sublime experience that comes from biting into a perfectly ripe Brandywine straight off the vine on the hottest day of the year...allowing the magical juices to run down your chin, stain your shirt...the flavor shooting straight to your head like a DRUG...the heavenly flesh lingering in your mouth as you gaze up at the heaven's proclaiming "I AM ALIVE...By God I AM ALIVE"!!!  By this time you are high out of your mind on the Tomato Goddesses' sweet sweet blood and you blissfully return to the dirt, toiling away until dark.  Aaaaahhhhh....need I say more?  Anyway, enough fantasizing.  The reality is this - I am in the midst of the best Brandywine harvest of my farming career.  These mommies are plentiful and full-on!  Get em' NOW before the drought sucks the life out of em'.  

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



~~~ snip ~~~ on... BADSEED'S full weekly newsletter 
for July 13, 2012, is found at:  

Potluck Picnic - KC CSA Coalition - at Karbaumer Farm, Platte City, MO (SATURDAY @ 4:30pm)

Hello, CSA enthusiasts! This Saturday, the KCCSAC is hosting the next in its series of Potluck Picnic Farm Tours -- this time at Karbaumer Farm (12200 MO 92 Highway Platte City, MO)! Come on up to the farm at 4:30 p.m., learn how Klaus and Lee Karbaumer have honed theirfarming craft and run their newly-revamped CSA, meet their entertaining chickens and gorgeous Belgian draft horses, then join us for a potluck dinner where you can rub elbows and joyful fellowship with fellow eaters and like-minded farmers.


{In the interest of reducing waste, please bring reusable plates/cups/utensils. You'll also want to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.}

Be sure to RSVP by emailing Season at

csac.kc (a) gmail . com 

It's sure to be a great time; see you there!