It’s hot. It’s REAL hot. I have not felt like eating, much less cooking, anything interesting so I do not have a recipe to share today. We have, however, been busy teaching classes and you can read some recently updated posts for our Basics and Vegetables and Grains classes by clicking on the links provided. If you are enjoying your local farmer’s market then you might find the Vegetables and Grains post to be particularly inspiring as far as recipes are concerned.
I for one have been enjoying all of the many farmer’s markets here in Kansas City this summer. They are popping up everywhere. I have been wanting to do a series of posts on my favorite farmer’s markets in KC, so now is the perfect time. I’ll kick off the series with one that I visited for the first time this week – downtown Overland Park, KS. It was late Wednesday morning and it was hopping! While there were many reasons I loved this farmer’s market, I can only highlight the top two – New Roots for Refugees and Gannon Family Farms.
The New Roots for Refugees booths were filled with stunning produce grown by the timid, yet proud, refugee women standing behind the table. They didn’t speak a lot of English, but they didn’t have to. Their tables were filled with delicious vegetables of all kinds and I wanted to buy it all – no sales pitch needed. This is an amazing program. Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas City, along with Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, started this program to give refugee women in Kansas City a chance to establish a new life in a new country. They use skills they already possess, farming, and are then taught English and the business skills and support needed to manage their own business. They are given a plot of land to grow their vegetables (including ethnic varieties from their homelands), which they take to various KC farmer’s markets, as well as, sell through CSA’s. This screams “solution” on so many different levels. These women and their families are escaping unimaginable situations and coming to “the land of opportunity” to start a new life. Do you know how difficult that is, though? There are so many unemployed Americans with college degrees who can’t even find work and are struggling to pay their mortgages. Imagine if you didn’t have a bit of experience to market yourself with and even if you did, you couldn’t speak the language to describe it. If you’re lucky you get a slave job in a factory or somewhere else in the industrial machine of this nation. Your wages do not provide enough for nutritious food for your family, especially not fresh, organic produce. So, these women have the opportunity to grow healthy food for their families while earning an income in a respectable and fulfilling way. Most importantly, in a safe environment. Given what they are coming from, I imagine that has to equate to winning the lottery to us or maybe a visit from Extreme Home Makeover. It’s huge. If you would like to learn more, check our their blog here or find them on Facebook here.
My second favorite thing about the Overland Park farmer’s market was meeting Whitedove Gannon from Gannon Family Farms. My friend has been telling me about the Gannon’s for weeks now, so I was looking forward to meeting them. I was surprised when I found out their meat is packaged in my hometown of Lockwood, MO! So funny! She was so friendly and their meat is delicious. I purchased some brats and bacon and will be looking forward to more very soon. Check our their blog here or find them on Facebook here.
Overland Park Farmer’s Market Information:
|April 17-May||Saturdays only, 6:30 am to sellout|
|June-September||Wednesdays, 7:30 am to sellout
Saturdays, 6:30 am to sellout
|October||Saturdays only, 6:30 am to sellout|
Located on Marty between 79th and 80th Streets, the Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market is a thriving open air market offering produce, flowers, specialty foods and entertainment for the entire family.
What is your favorite farmer’s market?