Letter from the Creative Director 7

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in our community and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, the warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside playing.

Every year around this time I start to ponder the idea of having a backyard garden. We have a spacious lot, and I love fresh fruits and veggies. The only problem is that I do not have even a bit of a green thumb. It is definitely not a strength of mine, but I want it to be. In theory, it sounds like so much fun, but those poor plants do not want to be in my care. My husband, on the other hand, is amazing with plants, so maybe one of these days we will have our own backyard garden with him at the helm. In the meantime, I will continue to frequent the various farmers markets around town. There are so many fun ones to visit, and they all have their own unique vibe, but best of all, it is so fun to talk to the vendors about what they do. I love supporting local farmers and makers, and these markets are the perfect place to do that and to meet people creating things in the community.

This month is our farm-to-table issue. We wanted to share with you some of the local resources in town as well as information on farm-to-table, how to support our local farmers and businesses and even share a few recipes. Slow Food is a very cool resource, so check them out if you have a chance.

Happy Spring!

Farmers markets around the city to check out:

(Check websites for various open dates and times)

*Overland Park Farmers Market 

7950 Marty St., Overland Park

*Merriam Market

5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam

*Mission Farm and Flower Market 

5613 Johnson Drive, Mission

*Olathe Farmers Markets

1205 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe

Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St., Field One

*Shawnee Farmers Market

Johnson Drive and Nieman Road at City Hall

*River Market City Market

20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO

*Waldo Farmers Market

303 W. 79th St., Kansas City, MO

*Brookside Farmers Market

63rd Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO

*Slow Food SlowFoodKC.org