Troostwood Youth Garden Market - KCMO - Saturday AM at 52nd & Paseo

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 Funkafresh Farmers' Market ~ @ 1909 McGee (KCMO)

Burning Bellies -

Man!  I'm on fire right now!!  Sweat is pouring from my brow and my dirty farm clothes are plastered to my body.  I gotta make this short & sweet cuz I'm HOT HOT HOT and I've got heirloom tomatoes on the stove, gettin' nice and saucy.  Farmer Dan and I are canning what's leftover from last week's crazy harvest.  

So, I wouldn't be a proper Farmer if I didn't mention the DROUGHT!!!  This is the worst we've seen since 1954!!!  The federal government has declared all counties in Missouri to be a federal disaster area.  We aren't alone - sixty percent of the country is in a drought.  I'm scared folks...real scared.  To be honest, I don't know how much longer URBAVORE can go on.  To date, we've been harvesting around 2 THOUSAND lbs of food a week from our urban plot WITHOUT IRRIGATION!!!  That's pretty damn impressive, right??  But all good things must come to an end and without rain we will not endure.  I aint throwin' in the towel yet - I'm just saying TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BOUNTY NOW cuz it may not be here in weeks to come.  The bottom line is this - Mother Nature is in control. Not us.  Although it breaks my heart to see my crops suffer and burn up, I know that this is part of some greater cycle.  So - Let's all put our best feet forward and CELEBRATE LOCAL FOOD (and hell on earth) This Friday at the BADSEED Farmers' Market from 4-9 pm.

The good news is I've got HEIRLOOM TOMATOES galore (35 varieties!!), cool & crisp CUCUMBERS in baffling quantities, and Two Foot Long Chinese Red Noodle Beans that will blow your freakin' mind.  The veggies are out of control!  It's their last hurrah!!  In addition, 5000 some odd bulbs of garlic have been cured and cleaned and 5000 some odd onions are getting pulled from the field.  Potatoes will get dug soon and if all else fails, these storage crops will keep us going.  Regardless, PRAY FOR RAIN and support your local Farmers all the while.

For all you canners and homesteaders out there -


BUY 10 LBS OR MORE THIS FRIDAY for a reduced price of $2/lb (from our regular price of $2.50/lb).

Okay, that's all I've got.  I'm gonna wipe the sweat from my eyes and return to the fiery kitchen.  Those maters' must get canned!!  On with the revolution...


Up-Coming "Urban Homesteading" Class

Introduction To Pressure Canning

Sunday, July 29th, 1-4 PM
For those of you wanting to take your homesteading one step further, this is the class for you.  Take the pressure out of pressure canning!!  It’s easy and allows you to preserve low-acid foods not possible with a water bath canner including beans, carrots, corn, squash, savory broths, chopped meats, stews and delicious vegetable soups.
In this class we will demonstrate the safe use of two different types of pressure canners: the dial and weighted gauge types. We will prepare two tasty recipes, dependent on produce availability.  Brands, sources, and sizes of pressure canners will also be discussed.
Cost of Class: $50.00

** MUST SIGN-UP ASAP, send in attached registration form with payment!!


Sexy Veggie of the Week

This week's Runner-Up is the totally outrageous Two Foot Long Chinese Red Noodle Bean.  

What can I say... this is one astounding looking bean!  At URABVORE, the bean plants use corn stalks as trellising and the two-foot-long burgundy pods dangle in the air like other-worldly serpents.  It is quite a site.  I love picking these fantastical beans cuz I feel like I'm in some sort of fairy tale.  When I'm finished picking, I can use these babies like whips and get my apprentices to work faster!!  Or I can put em' on my head (so that I resemble a sweaty Medusa) and scare the daylights out of Farmer which point he and "Baby Perseus" try to cut my head off.  Alright, alright, all bad joking aside, these beans are not only entertaining but delectable.  They have a crisp texture with a nutty flavor that does wonders for any stir-fry.  Heat up a wok with hot oil, throw in some chile pepper and garlic, and fry these babies with tofu and any other veggies you have on hand.  If the heat is too much, try eating them raw in salads.  Either way, you'll be in noodle-bliss.

This week's Grand-Prize-Winner is the mouthwatering Aunt Ruby's German Green Heirloom Tomato.  

God Damn, I say God Damn!!  Pardon my language but this is one hell of a tomato.  This large, green beefsteak variety comes from Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee who passed away in 1997.  These awesome 1 lb fruits have a (slightly) flattened body with yellow-green skin that blushes a gorgeous salmon pink when ripe.  The lime green flesh imparts sheer tomato bliss with adequate sweetness and a subtle spiciness.  It is that slight  spicy "bite" that makes this mater' so damn unique.  Sadly, Aunt Ruby's is often over-looked on the market table.  Despite my urgings, customers think it is an under-ripe red tomato or they are frightened by it's large size.  It's a real shame!!  Too many times have I packed up GORGEOUS German Greens after market, thinking "why don't they understand!!".  Don't let your taste buds miss out another week!!  Get wid' it this Friday and load up on these KILLER TOMATOES!!!  
Pictures are attached.  You know the drill - print them out, blow them up, and plaster them all over the men's room!!




LIVE  NUDE  VEGETABLES!! and other organic delights...
every Friday at BADSEED!

Yours Truly,
-farmer and mistress of the BADSEED

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