Summertime and fresh produce from the area farmers’ markets–just can’t beat the taste of freshly picked berries, tomatoes, herbs and veggies. Fortunately we have two farmers’ markets in the neighborhood so you can stock up twice a week!
The Brookside Farmers Market is open each Saturday at 63rd and Wornall Road. This market features local (less than 100 miles away) vendors that sell ‘organic and non-GMO food’. Besides fresh produce, you’ll find eggs, meat, herbs, flowers, baked goods and homemade items like soaps and crafts. Hours are 8am-1pm on Saturdays.
The Waldo Farmers Market is also open for the season at 303 W 79th St, just east of 79th and Wornall next to Habitat ReStore. Although smaller than the Brookside market, it offers a great selection of ‘local, certified organic and non-certified sustainably produced’ products, ranging from vegetables and herbs to snacks and ice cream. Offerings can change weekly. This market is open every Wednesday from 3-7pm–which is so convenient if you need inspiration for a quick weeknight dinner!
Remember to bring a bag to the market to tote your goodies back home, plus cash in small bills, and watch for pedestrians while parking. Thank you for supporting area farmers and merchants!
Since I wrote earlier this week about my visit to the Brookside Farmers Market last Saturday, I thought it was fair to visit the Waldo Farmers Market as well. This is peak time for fresh, seasonal fruit and produce, and Brookside/Waldo residents are fortunate to have two markets to visit every week!
The Waldo Farmers Market is smaller, but offers similar vendors that grow USDA Certified organic produce. I saw all the usual vegetables: kale, lettuces, beans, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, corn. There were also fresh blackberries and beautiful, ripe peaches! Prices were similar to the Brookside Farmers Market.
A few items available here that I didn’t see at the Brookside market: Mean Vegan ice cream, all natural dog treats and home made soap.
The Waldo Farmers Market is conveniently located at 303 W 79th St, next to Habitat ReStore, and is open every Wednesday from 3-7pm.
Mother Nature and our local farmers are preparing for another spring and summer full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I’m getting hungry just writing about it! The Brookside Farmers’ Market focuses on organic produce, dairy and meats, as well as homemade baked goods, with some crafts, soaps,and other items for sale. The atmosphere is family friendly, festive and often features live music. The market opens at 8am on Saturday April 16, at 63rd St and Wornall Road.
The Waldo’s Farmer’s Market at 303 W 79th St , now in it’s sixth year, will open May 4 from 3-7pm. Here you will find fresh veggies, herbs, baked goods, ice cream, nuts and many other interesting locally produced items for sale. Both market accept SNAP dollars.
Remember to bring bags to carry your purchases!
As we get into the warmer weather, the calendar fills up with happenings in the Brookside/Waldo area! I’ve listed the upcoming major events here for reference:
Brookside Farmers’ Market
Opening day this year is April 20, 8:00am-1:00pm at 63rd and Wornall, Border Star School. The market is open every Saturday.
Waldo Farmers Market
Opening day is May 1, 3:00pm-7:00pm on 79th St, one block east of Wornall next to Habitat ReStore. This market is open every Wednesday.
25th Annual Trolley Run
April 28 at 7:45am, starts 75th and Wornall and ends on the Plaza. Major Brookside roads will be closed that morning north to the Plaza; expect traffic delays.
Brookside Art Fair
May 3-5, hours vary each day, at Brookside Blvd and 63rd St. Please, no rain!
I’ll write more details about each activity in upcoming blogs. I am especially looking forward to the opening of the farmers markets! Thank you for supporting our neighborhood Brookside/Waldo events.
I checked out the Waldo Farmer’s Market yesterday for the first time–and I’ll be back! It’s small, five or six stands, but already very popular with area residents. It’s located in the shady grassy area next to the Habitat ReStore on 79th St just east off Wornall. Every Wednesday, 3-7pm–stop by and you can sign up for a weekly email of what will be for sale that week.
This week’s produce included plenty of cabbage, garlic, leeks, kale, squash, some blueberries, potatoes, fresh herbs and peppers. I was looking for big ripe tomatoes–too early I think. Farm to Market had a booth full of fresh breads, another booth offered body care products and…my favorite….Fresher than Fresh snow cones!
This trailer is always at First Fridays with long lines of customers–here there was no line and an eclectic menu of the fresh fruit flavored pairings with a twist. I love the pineapple serrano; yesterday there was a new flavor of blood orange. It’s worth a stop just for the snow cone, even if you don’t need produce!
Remember to stop into Habitat ReStore after your market shopping. Or, bring something to ReStore to donate the next time you visit the Waldo Farmer’s Market.
Stony Crest Urban Farm is sponsoring a weekly farmer’s market at Habitat ReStore, 303 W 79th St.
It starts Wednesday May 4, and continues every Wednesday August 31, 2011, from 3-7pm.
Stop by and check it out–I plan to and will report back on the blog.