Midtown's only weekday market features organic and sustainably grown produce and farm products, free-range meat, baked goods, live music, handmade art and kids' crafts from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday through October 7 in the Javanaut parking lot (1615 West 39th Street). See 39thstreetmarket.com for more details.
Organic staples are on sale directly from the source every Friday night from 4:30 to 9 p.m. through November 20 at Badseed (1909 McGee). Fruits and vegetables, baked goods, eggs and free-range meats are available from local vendors and The Farm, located on West Bannister Road, where Badseed grows heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers. For more information, including a schedule of gardening and other classes, see badseedfarm.com.
Produce, baked goods, herbs, plants and flowers, dog treats, blankets and handmade jewelry are among the items for sale on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon (at 11th Street and Main, across the street from the Blue Springs police station), through the last week in October. Organizers promise free classes for adults on subjects such as crafts and gardening from 8 to 9 a.m., and then performances by local musicians and theater groups from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, including times for a possible Tuesday market, see bluespringsfarmersmarket.com.
The Briarcliff market returns for its second season, with vendors selling flowers, herbs, berries, natural meats and produce amid the Tuscan-inspired architecture located directly off U.S. Highway 169 and Northwest Briarcliff Parkway. It's open every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. with live cooking demonstrations in front of Green Acres Market (4175 North Mulberry Drive) at 5 p.m. Find additional details at briarcliffvillagekc.com.
There has been some sort of farmers market at this location for 152 years. The City Market hosts more than 140 vendors every Wednesday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Saturday (6 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), selling fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, plants, baked goods, cut flowers and crafts. The open-air vendors at Fifth Street and Walnut are surrounded by more than 25 restaurants, specialty grocery stores and retail outlets. See thecitymarket.org for information on concerts, festivals and other events.
Dedicated to creating a unique partnership between the community and farmers, this market offers local and certified organic produce, herbs and flowers, organic handcrafted soaps, handmade crafts, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, eggs and honey products, and organic vegan and/or gluten-free baked goods and breakfast options. Also featured are chef demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and live music. This market runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Border Star Montessori School (63rd Street and Wornall). Farmerscommunitymarket.com lists details on upcoming special events and provides green tips and recipes.
Besides the usual produce and baked goods, this fair-trade market located at Minor Park (just east of Holmes on Red Bridge Road) offers edible flowers, a limited selection of meats, herbs, grains, artisan breads, free-range eggs, fair-trade coffee, natural stoneware jewelry, crafts and body-care products. Running every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until October 17, KC Organics also showcases musical acts and chef demonstrations. See kcorganics.com or call 816-444-3663 for more details.
For the past 34 years, downtown Lawrence has been the spot for what is claimed to be the longest-running farmers market in Kansas. It operates in two locations on three different days. The Saturday market takes place from 7 to 11 a.m. in the public parking lot between Eighth and Ninth streets, between New Hampshire and Rhode Island (until the Saturday before Thanksgiving). A market on Tuesdays and Thursdays, until October, occurs 4 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot on Vermont between 10th and 11th streets. This producer-only market sells produce, meat, eggs, honey, soaps, jellies, dog treats and artisan crafts. Bonus: The market accepts Vision and debit cards. Lawrencefarmersmarket.com has a list of vendors, special events and information on chef demonstrations.
Local farmers sell organic produce, free-range meats, fruits and other products every Thursday from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the east end of the parking lot at Mission Farms (106th Street and Mission). For updates and information, see mission-farms.com.
Northland-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants are for sale on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. until noon through the end of October in the Crowley Furniture and Perkins parking lot (at the northwest corner of highways 291 and 152), and on Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. until noon at Liberty Square by the Clay County Courthouse. See libertyfarmers market.com for more details and directions.
Produce, flowers, locally baked breads, and other specialty foods from local purveyors are available twice a week — Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. — at the Farmers Market Pavilion (on Marty between 79th and 80th streets). On Saturdays, bring lawn chairs for the 10:30 a.m. Clock Tower Series, a full lineup of family-friendly entertainment. The market operates through September 30 on Wednesdays and through October on Saturdays. See downtownop.org or call 913-642-2222 for information on performers.
Regionally grown produce, plants and flowers, honey and herbs, along with baked goods and other items are available at the Saturday market, which opens on Saturdays at 7 a.m. at the Heritage Center (1200 East Kansas City Road) through October 10; on Wednesdays, it opens at 3 p.m. in downtown Olathe (200 West Santa Fe) through September 30. The market is closed on September 26 for the Wild West Show; see olatheks.org for other information or call 913-971-6263.
On Saturdays at 7 a.m. in English Landing Park (127 South Main), vendors sell produce, honey, eggs, baked goods, jellies and flowers. A smaller market runs on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. until sellout, starting in mid-June and lasting through September. Find more details at parkvillechamber.com.
Nest-run eggs, jams, jellies, honey, bread, pies, flowers, plants and produce are among the items for sale in the City Hall parking lot (11110 Johnson Drive) every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October. See cityofshawnee.org/events/farmersmarket.html or call 913-248-2360 for more details.
To encourage healthy living, Truman Medical Center sponsors its own farmers market at the hospital's Charlotte Street entrance. It takes place every Saturday in June from 8 a.m. to sellout and every other Thursday through the end of August from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions and advice, a registered dietitian will be available, as will health-care books, seeds for sale and free recipe cards. Call 816-404-3785 for more details.
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Fresh produce, homemade jams, local honey, handmade soaps, breads, herbs and other farmers-market standards are on sale from 4 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through September, in the breezeway between Hot Topic and Victoria's Secret. Visit zonarosa.com/eventscalendar.cfm or call 816-587-8180. (Zona Rosa is located at 8640 North Dixson.)
Compiled by Berry Anderson