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Farm to Fork this Summer in KC

June 07, 2013

Juicy strawberries, fresh goat cheese, fine wines crafted from plump grapes plucked from nearby vines. What could be more enticing that treating your taste buds to locally raised and prepared foods? Kansas City communities have wholeheartedly embraced this delicious, healthy trend. Here’s some places and events you really should check out this summer.

Independence, Missouri
Explore the Farmers' Market, corner of Truman and Main from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays now through October. The open air market features locally-grown vegetables and fruits cultivated within 75 miles and also offers locally made crafts, baked goods, jams/jellies and farm fresh eggs.  For a late morning or afternoon option, visit the Hartman Heritage Market, now through September from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays or from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. The market is located on Little Blue Parkway and Jackson Drive in Independence. For details, contact Joe at 816-252-8860.

Kansas City, Kansas
The Wine Barn Winery and Vineyard, 2850 N. 119th Street, in Kansas City, Kansas, features Kansas grown grapes and fruit wines. Try their award winning signature wine Apple Pear, made with Kansas apples and pears. Free sample tastings are offered Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 PM and are also available by appointment. Savor live entertainment, food and wine during the 2013 Friday Night Live Music Series, held weekly through mid-October. 

Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri  has several  restaurants that are serving up the local flavor. From well-established restaurants like Blue Bird Bistro and Blanc Burger + Bottles to newer ones like Westside Local, The Farmhouse or Julian, all offer farm fresh, local ingredients from a sustainable point of view

Lansing, Kansas
For those who enjoy eating locally grown produce, products and homemade arts and crafts, food, plan a stop at the Lamborn Farm  Market, 25761 151st Street in Lansing. The market opens Saturday, June 7 and will operate every Friday from June through October from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Products include pork and grass fed beef, farm raised chicken, eggs, fruits and vegetables, honey, goat milk cheese, whole grains/ freshly milled flour, baked goods, wool products, fresh cow's milk, (whole, 2%, skim, creamline, chocolate, strawberry, & root beer, order prior to Friday's market) and locally made crafts.  Other highlights include face painting and barrel train rides.  For more information call 913-727-5666.

Leavenworth, Kansas
The “First City in Kansas”, offers the Leavenworth Farmer’s Market twice a week at Haymarket Square at 7th & Cherokee Sts in the historic downtown area. The Market offers a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers baked goods (including gluten-free), free-range eggs and chicken, jams and jellies, honey, handmade soap, and much more! All items for sale come straight to you from the producer and are always fresh and local for you! Open Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Merriam, Kansas
Chef Demo’s  and live entertainment are back at the Merriam Marketplace this summer! To enjoy the finest and freshest ingredients with a step-by-step demonstration of how to make “farm to fork” recipes in your own home, check out Chef Mark Mollentine’s foodie creations on Saturdays, June 15, July 13 or August 10 at the Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive. Using items purchased from market vendors, Chef Mark will inspire new and flavorful dishes that you can replicate right in your own kitchen He launched a line of artisan crafted all natural seasonings, sauces and mixes and is the founder of KC Food Artisans as well as former VP of the Kansas City Originals Restaurant Association.

Overland Park, Kansas
The Culinary Center of Kansas City is turning cooking education upside down at the Overland Park Farmers' Market and it starts with what's in YOUR market bag! Bring your bag by and they'll tell you how to magically transform your purchases into sensational market-fresh dishes!  Stop by their "faux kitchen" under the Clock Tower and Chef Sandy will "school ya" on your just-purchased produce. Why not bring your coolest, funniest, weirdest market bag and enter a drawing for a chance to win a FREE COOKING CLASS. Classes are held under the clock tower at the farmer’s market on the first Saturday of each month (June 1, July 6 and August 3) from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Platte County, Missouri
Green Dirt Farm is a small sheep dairy farm and creamery that produces award-winning sheep's milk cheese, yogurt and 100% grass-fed lamb that’s located just north of Weston, Missouri (about 35 miles north of Kansas City). You can share the farm experience with owners Sarah Hoffman and Jacqueline at their Cheese Appreciation Events (including a Cheese 101 workshop), Farm Table Dinners (featuring the Kansas City area’s most inventive and respected chefs) and Guided Farm Tours (watch the cheese makers as they produce the sheep’s milk cheeses and yogurt by hand). Call 816-386-2156 for more information.

Shawnee, Kansas
Renee Kelly’s Harvest restaurant , 12401 Johnson Drive in Shawnee is a farm to table restaurant serving local fare in a historic building owned by Renee Kelly.  Harvest is passionate about supporting local farmers whom grow food with sustainable practices, because they care about their guests.  The menu changes often and reflects the seasons in Kansas City.  The goal of Harvest is to become a living, breathing fabric of sustainability in community. This is being started by planting the grounds, hosting workshop and of course, having conversations over local food. The restaurant seeks to change our food system, one plate at a time. Hours are 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.  Wednesday-Saturday 4pm-10pm and 10: 00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sundays for brunch.