Good Eats: Kansas City is Home to Dozens of Farmers’ Markets

As we head into summer, we thought it would be a good reminder to encourage you to visit your local farmers’ market. It’s a great activity for a family outing early on a Saturday morning. The meat, produce, butter, baked goods, plants and more are wonderful. It’s not going to be less expensive than buying from a grocery store, but there’s no question the food will be tastier, healthier and grown locally. (Lots of feel good right there.)

Gearing up for your next Farmers’ Market (FM) outing:

  • Early or late? Go early if you want the freshest produce. Go later if you want better deals. (Some vendors will haggle, but remember they’re working hard to grow, transport and sell their offerings!)
  • Comfy shoes. Depending on the market you go to, you might be walking a bit to get there, walking to see all the stalls, etc.
  • ALDI bags. If you’ve ever shopped at ALDI, you know that you have to supply your own bags. (Many people have large, sturdy ALDI bags in their car or garage.) Some stalls will provide shopping bags, but not all of them. And they do run out, so bring your own. It’s also a good effort because it cuts down on plastic and paper waste.
  • Cash in small denominations. Many of the vendors can take a credit card for payment, but not all of them. And often, it’s just easier to exchange cash for goods at the FM. We recommend plenty of $1 and $5 dollar bills.
  • A cooler with ice. If you’re going to be buying certain types of produce or cheese, it might be a good idea to have a cooler of ice in your vehicle. That way, if you want to shop and then hang out, your purchases will be protected from the heat until you are able to get home to the fridge.

Some of our favorite Farmers’ Markets

  • City Market – 20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, Missouri
    This is the biggest FM in the KC Metro. Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-3pm More Info
  • Blue Springs – 11th & Main, Blue Springs, Missouri
    Saturdays from 7am-Noon More Info
  • Brookside – HJ’s Community Center at 6425 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Missouri
    Saturdays from 8am-1pm More Info
  • Grandview – The Grandview Ampitheater – 13501 Byars Rd., Grandview, MO 64030
    Starting June 4th, 8am-12:30pm More Info
  • Independence – 211 W. Truman Rd., Independence, Missouri
    Wednesdays (starting in June) and Saturdays from 8am-1pm More Info
  • Lee’s Summit – 2nd and Douglas in Downtown Lee’s Summit
    Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am-Noon More Info
  • Lenexa – 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, Kansas
    Saturdays from 8am-Noon More Info
  • Merriam – 5740 Merriam Dr., Merriam, Kansas
    Saturdays from 7am-1pm More Info
  • Mission – 5635 Johnson Dr., Mission, Kansas
    Starting in June on Thursdays from 4:30pm-8pm More Info
  • Olathe #1 – 1205 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe, Kansas
    Saturdays from 7:30am until sold out More Info
  • Olathe #2 – Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St., Field One, Olathe, Kansas
    Saturdays from 7:30am until sold out More Info
  • Shawnee – 11110 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, Kansas
    Saturdays from 7am-Noon More Info