If you want to eat local produce, it will get a lot easier over the next month as farmer's markets begin to open around the city. While the Merriam Organic Market is still searching for a permanent home, the 39th Street Community Market has successfully relocated in Westport.
The list below is organized by day of the week -- please let us know about other markets in the area and we'll update it accordingly. The vendors list is not exhaustive; it's just meant to highlight a few of the farmers and vendors at each location.
39th Street Community Market (beginning May 5)
Place: Northwest corner of Westport Road and Wyoming
Time: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Vendors: East Wind Gardens, Grand River Hickory, Miller's Honey Farm, Root Deep Urban Farm, Wells Family Farms, Western Hills Ostrich & Produce, Yum Tum.
Kansas City Organics -- Park Place
Place: Barkley Square in Park Place (117th and Nall, Leawood)
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vendors: Local organic produce, mushrooms, honey, edible flowers, bread,
free-range eggs and meats, fair trade coffee soaps, body care products.
Bad Seed Farmer's Market
Place: 1909 McGee
Time: 4 to 8 p.m. (May 7 to November 19, it's 4 to 9 p.m.)
Vendors: Platte Prairie Farms, Puddin' Head Coffee, Root Deep Urban Farm, Wells Family Farms, Western Hills Produce, Yum Tum.
Farmer's Community Market at Brookside.
Place: Border Star Montessori School (63rd and Wornall)
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vendors: Bear Creek Farms, Benedict Builders Farm, Blue Door Farm, Bread of Life, Drumm Farm Gardens, Green Dirt Farm, KC Community Farm, Monegraw Springs Natural Soap Company, Puddin' Head Coffee, Strawberry Lane, Wells Family Farms.
Place: City Market
Time: Saturday (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Sunday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Vendors: Freshmaters, Green Dirt Farm, Hickory County Sausage Company, KC Buffalo Company, Natures Choice, Shatto Milk, Thane Palmberg Farm, Van Till Agri Lands.
Downtown Overland Park Farmer's Market
Place: Marty (between 79th and 80th Street)
Time: Saturday (6:30 a.m. to sellout). Wednesdays (beginning in June, 7:30 a.m. to sellout)
Vendors: Black and Gold Farms, Catherine's Vegetables and Herbs, Chapman Creek Cattle Company, Cobinsteinz Farm, Dakota Beef, Dodge City Beef, Heartland Honey and Beekepping, Hippie Chow, New Roots for Refugees, The Pasta Girls, Pie Lady Coffeehouse, VinVivante Winery, Waters Blueberry Farm.
Lawrence Farmers' Market
Place: Public parking lot (between 8th and 9th and New Hampshire and Rhode Island)
Time: 7 to 11 a.m. (Tuesday market opens May 4, between 10th and 11th on Vermont, 4 to 6 p.m.)
Vendors: Amy's Meat, Ancient Grains, Anthony's Beehive, Bush Farms, Crum's Heirlooms, Good Dog!, Hilltop Farms, My Neighbor Steve's, Oakridge Farm, Pink Box Bakery, Sundance Emu Ranch, Tomato Allie.
Kansas City Organics (beginning May 1)
Place: Minor Park (east of Holmes on Red Bridge Road)
Time: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Vendors: Local organic produce, mushrooms, honey, edible flowers, bread, free-range eggs and meats, fair trade coffee, soaps, body care products.
Troost Community Market (beginning June)
Place: Corner of Linwood and Troost.
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vendors: The KC Buffalo Company is the only vendor listed right now, although mint, blackberries, peaches, carrots, beans, peas, peppers, and herbs are expected to be available.