if you are not eating at blue bird bistro Saturday night, then...

tempt the rain - go under cover with a farmer on the  
historic 12th Street Bridge
reserve a seat  http://foodNow.org
start with appetizer from Chef Howard, Reiger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Chef Craig, Howard's Organic Fare & Vegetable Patch and Chef Manny & Chef Christal, La Tienda Chiquita with Boulevard Beer and wine from Jowler Creek Winery, Amigoni Urban Winery and more  then be seated to find out who your chef will be for a three course dinner 
Chef TJ, Brio Tuscan Grill or Chef Cody, Lidia's or Chef Martin, Yia's Yia's or Chef Charles, Chaz on the Plaza or Chef Ken, Pancha Mamas or Chef Joseph, blue bird bistro plus dessert Chef Terry, Cowtown Cheesecake, Chef Craig, Backyard BBQ & Rumcake and Chef Matt, blue bird bisto      
        SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012
Proceeds from the gala go to 501(c)(3) not-for-profits working for local, healthier eating.  

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Your Market ABCs: Apples, Bread, Cherry Tomatoes...
...Delicata, Edamame, Filet Beans...

Join us Saturday to round out your Market alphabet with local, organic food and products!
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Enjoy live music from Fine Kettle o' Fish, Smokin' Fresh Streetside BBQ's variety of vegetarian and BBQ dishes, and get to know a little more about Dig In, KC! - a dinner with farmers & friends at City Market. Many of our vendors are participating in this community dinner celebration to inspire Kansas City to enjoy, understand and support urban farmers growing local food for our community.

It's going to be a great day in Brookside! Read on for what's happening this Saturday 8am - 1pm on the southeast corner of 63rd St and Wornall Rd.
Saturdays | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. |
63rd Street and Wornall Road

Don't forget we alwaysaccept Debit cards and double your SNAP dollars at the market tent.

KC Organics and Natural Market @ Minor Park (S. KCMO) on Red Bridge Road, east of Holmes on SATURDAY MORNINGS 8/25

KC Organics and Natural Market at Minor Park

“Uniquely nestled in a beautiful park, On the grass and Under the trees!”
– Just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (at about E. 110th St),
South Kansas City, MO (one (1) mile south of I-435, East of Holmes)

Saturdays, 8 am—12:30 pm, 

May 5th—October 13th, 2012

Come visit us in the park! Our family farmers offer organic produce that is fresh-picked and locally-grown, natural specialty and Heritage meats, honey, mushrooms, edible flowers, herbs, grains, artisan breads, cereals and pies, fresh eggs, freshly-brewed “FT” coffee & more. We continue to pioneer ECOPRODUCTS, with the highest organic-content handmade bar soaps and body care items, woodcrafts, candles, artisan natural-stone custom jewelry, and much more. We are a “Fair Trade” Market, with occasional Gourmet Chefs demos featuring KC’s up and coming talent and Live and Local “Organica Music.”
Please visit our website and join our email list via
KCOrganics (a) yahoo . com, for special events;or call 816-444-FOOD(3663)
(In cooperation with the KCMO Parks and Recreation Department)

KC Organics and Natural Market in Minor Park (S. KCMO)

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BADSEED Fourth Friday FARMERS' MARKET (KCMO) at 1909 McGee - 4pm-9pm

Relentless Locavores and Far-Out Foodies -

The season drones on and somehow, my friends, we keep on pullin' food from the field without WATER!!!  There hasn't been rain on my farm in ages and as you know we have NO IRRIGATION at URBAVORE.  Some of my crops have hardly seen rain since they've been in the ground!  A freakin' miracle, isn't it???  I owe it all to our "no-till" production practices.  It is a lifesaver in conditions as horrid as these.

But alas, I promised myself I wouldn't talk about the drought...the godforsaken drought...it's all I can think about (!!)...but I must keep my big farmer mouth shut and keep these pesky fingers from typing such annoying weather-related words.  To a non-farmer, the weather is just another boring subject, eh?  I try to remember that while composing these absurd e-mails.

Anyway, the market will be filled with "yumminess" as usual.  You can find some mean greens compliments of Farmer Lew who will be back in black this week.  As for the BADSEED's themselves, we will have the usual onslaught of potatoes/onions/garlic and another round of DELICIOUS "Green Mystery" APPLES.   Sweet Peppers and Eggplant keep on keepin' on, and Chinese Red Noodle Beans are bringin' down the house.  Speaking of noodle beans, a customer sent me a link to an AWESOME RECIPE.  The blogger actually quotes me in his description of these crazy beans!!  Small world, eh?  Check it out:

Chinese Red Noodle Bean Curry http://www.thesavagefeast.com/2011/04/chinese-red-noodle-bean-curry/

Heirloom Tomatoes will make another appearance this week, but come early because quantities are very limited.  Cherry Tomatoes are slightly more abundant and come in a rainbow of colors and flavors.  While we are on the subject, I will be doing a Chef Demo at Powell Gardens this Sunday with my all-time favorite tomato recipe: Heirloom Tomato Stacks!!  Baby Percy will be my tomato-crazed assistant and there's a good chance he will devour the samples before I get them handed out.  (Tomatoes are like crack to that kid...)

Other happenings worth mentioning are some "Urban Homesteading" classes that I am super excited about!!!  Coming up on September 2nd is my Secrets of "No-Till" Gardening class.  
Many of you have struggled with your gardens this year.  No amount of watering could make your plants survive let alone produce decent yields.  Well, this may be the class for you.  Full description is as follows. (see full class details in the Up-Coming "Urban Homesteading" Classes section, below)

The other class I am totally stoked about is Chicken Butchering 101 on September 9th ...

(We added this class at the last minute and
I sure hope we can get the word out!).

This class means a lot to me because "do it yourself" ethical meat production is a BIG DEAL.  I was a strict vegetarian for years.  I couldn't stomach factory farmed foods, meats especially.  In my early 20's I became fanatical about staying out of the supermarket and growing my own foods.  That consisted of solely plants for a long time and in more recent years I have started raising livestock.  I eventually got the guts up to butcher my own meat and it is truly a liberating experience.  Raising an animal with love and respect, then looking it in the eye with the utmost gratitude, and calmly taking it's life for your own sustenance is THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE.  Gentle people have been eating that way for ages.  That is the simplified food chain and (frankly) it should never get much more complicated than that.  Many folks in urban areas want Real Food for their families and have started raising chickens for eggs, which inevitably leads to meat.  This workshop will provide all you homesteaders the experience of gently slaughtering and dressing your very own bird.  These beautiful chickens have been 100% pasture raised on my land, and I must say, they are DELICIOUS.   A full-description for this class is as follows.  If you want to eat (truly ethical) meat, and you are BRAVE, sign-up today!!

Alright, enough with all that.  (I am sure the vegans and vegetarians have slammed down their lap top screens in anger and are cursing my name.  Sorry guys!!)

Well, if you are indeed angry with me you can pummel me with rotten tomatoes this Friday at the BADSEED Farmers' Market from 4-9 pm.  I'll have plenty on hand just for that purpose.

See you there.


Up-Coming "Urban Homesteading" Classes -

The Secrets of “No-Till” Gardening

Sunday, September 2nd, 2-5:30 pm
*Located at URBAVORE Urban Farm, 5 miles east of the plaza - 5500 Bennington Ave., KCMO 64129
Sick of plowing, tilling, fertilizing, weeding & watering???  Well, you don’t have to anymore!  Learn the basics of building and maintaining a luscious “no-till” vegetable garden that has the potential to feed your family delicious organic food all year long!!!
Join Farmer Brooke on her 13.5 acre “edible oasis” smack in the middle of the city.  We will start out class with a short lecture and inspiring video, then we will take a tour of URBAVORE’s extensive “no-till” commercial veggie production.  Finally, we will get to work - transforming a sod-covered lawn into next season’s planting ground without the use of gas-powered equipment or fancy tools!!!  Planting & seeding techniques will also be demonstrated.
This class is designed for complete beginners OR long-time gardeners who are sick & tired of starting up that tiller!  Methods used in class can be transferred to your garden site immediately, preparing you for a bountiful 2013 garden season.  Print resources will include seeding & planting schedules, vital local resources, “farm to table” recipes, and more.
Cost of Class - $40
PLEASE E-MAIL brooke@badseedkc.com ASAP to sign-up.  Spots limited!!

The Basics of Goat CHEESE MAKING:
Feta, Mozzarella, & Chevre

Saturday, September 8th, 1-5 pm
Join community herbalist & cheese-maker, Amy Bousman, and learn to make delicious artisinal cheeses in the comfort of your very own kitchen!  The process is surprisingly simple with only a few inexpensive supplies needed to carry on this essential homesteading tradition.
Students will experience the step-by-step process for making three fantastic fresh cheeses (feta, chevre, & mozzarella) using raw goat’s milk from Amy’s very own does!!  Print resources and recipes will be included. Mingling will follow with a delightful cheese & wine tasting!!!
FYI - Raw milk (although superior) is not required for these methods of cheese making.  Pasturized milk can be used instead.
*Although Amy has abundant experience making/selling her cheeses, this is her first formal cheese-making workshop.  Therefore the cost is VERY LOW.  Comparable classes are $125 and up.  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY.
Cost of Class - $40
**you must sign-up directly with our Cheese Maker - contact Amy at amy.subrosasanctuary@yahoo.com or call 785-760-3052 (no calls after 8 pm)

Chicken Butchering 101
Learn to do up a chicken, the way Grandma did...

Sunday, September 9th, 4-6 PM

*Located at URBAVORE Urban Farm, 5 miles east of the plaza - 5500 Bennington Ave., KCMO 64129

Join urban-farming maniac, Ben Wilson of Phantom Chicken Farm, and learn the careful art of processing your own meat bird.  Under Bens's guidance, student's will slaughter and dress their very own chicken (!!) using traditional techniques and no fancy equipment.

The cost of class is $40 - this includes the cost of your bird, which you will take home and enjoy with your family.  (yummy preparation techniques will be discussed in class)
*The meat chickens for this class have been 100% pasture-raised at URBAVORE Urban Farm in partnership with Phantom Chicken Farm.  

PLEASE E-MAIL brooke@badseedkc.com ASAP to sign-up.  Spots limited!!


Sexy Veggie of the Week

This week's Runner-Up is the utterly creamy Austrian Crescent Fingerling Potato.
I love this freakin' potato despite the fact that it is a real bitch to harvest and clean!!  These small, and supple tubers take endless hours to pull from the earth and get ready for the market table.  It's a labor of love, but in the end it's worth it.  Like the name alludes, they tend to be crescent shaped with a glowing yellow flesh that simply melts in your mouth.  Fingerling potatoes are all the rage with gourmet chefs because they really do taste better than the more recognizable "giant spud" found in the supermarket.  They are a whole different animal in fact.  Once you cook these babies up you'll know exactly what I mean.  Dan and I cooked brunch for my mother-in-law's B-Day last Sunday.  I made a potato hash that was off the radar with the Austrian Crescents.  It consisted of LOTS of caramelized garlic, Italian red onion, Carmen Sweet Peppers, and herbs.  I fried all that up in olive oil to sweet perfection and served it with an heirloom tomato salad, pancakes from local flour, and a fried egg laid that morning.  Dan's Mom was very pleased.  She gives Austrian Crescent two thumbs up.

This week's Grand-Prize-Winner is the stunning Carmen Sweet Pepper.  
Move over Beyonce (didn't she play "Carmen" once??) and make way for this super sexy, flavor-exploding, bright red Peppa!!  These luscious ladies are red as red can be with a long body that is reminiscent of a hot pepper.  But don't be fooled, they are sweet as hell with a fruity tang that makes you crazy.  Roast em' whole stuffed with goat cheese, or slice em' raw in salads.  Throw em' in just about any dish and I guarantee they will make it ten times better.  My summer wouldn't be complete without these tantalizing treats.  Get em' now cuz without rain these sexy sisters won't last long.       

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



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LIVE  NUDE  VEGETABLES!! and other organic delights...

Yours Truly,
-farmer and mistress of the BADSEED


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FOOD NOW 2012 - Saturday, August 25 - a fundraiser you can sink your teeth into...

There still might be a few tickets available!

foodNow, an all-volunteer gala provides a creative approach to raising awareness and funding for local, healthier eating in Greater Kansas City. Local farmers and local chefs...

go to http://www.foodnow.org/ for full details

foodNow, an all-volunteer gala provides a creative approach to raising awareness and funding for local, healthier eating in Greater Kansas City. Local farmers and local chefs come together to bring a unique local food experience to the West Bottoms, "the original Kansas City", where the roots of agriculture in the Midwest began.
Mingle in the midst of the high stone arches of the 12th Street Bridge as you share in local libations, small bites and a silent auction brimming full of food and wine. As sunset approaches, you will be ushered to find a seat at the table.
Row crop tables will span the bridge where farmers traveled down to bring their bounty in centuries past. There you will be served a three course dinner by the finest local chefs created from today's local bounty.
Proceeds from the gala go to 501(c)(3) not-for-profits working for local, healthier eating. This year's beneficiaries are The Food Conservancy, Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, and Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City
Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City The Food Conservancy

Harvest Learning Center Kid's Kitchen

Email: contact@foodnow.org
Phone: 816-221-7901

P.O. Box 411801
Kansas City, MO 64141

Troostwood Youth Garden Market - KCMO - Saturday AM at 52nd & Paseo - 8/24

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

https://www.facebook.com/groups/79989349469/ in Facebook

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