Signs of spring are popping up and that means farmers markets are enticing shoppers with local goods.
Farmers markets in Kansas City are among the best places to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. You’ll get fresh produce (sometimes picked the same day you buy it) at a reasonable price and you’re supporting local farmers in the Kansas City community.
Besides offering a seasonable selection of fresh tomatoes, cantaloupes, zucchini, green peppers, corn, jalapenos, blackberries, etc., Kansas City farmers markets often offer crafts, meats, eggs, baked goods, plants, soaps, wines, jams, honey and other specialty items. There are plenty of markets in the metro so you can usually find one open pretty much any day of the week.
The season will look a little different this year as many farmers markets keep social distancing and public health concerns in mind. Here is a list of farmers markets in Kansas City that are open or will open soon. There are lots of continual changes taking place. We’re updating our list as soon as we get details confirmed.
Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you see something we’ve missed.
Besides shopping at farmers markets in Kansas City, you can also stock your shelves with other local establishments. See our post More Than a Dozen Places in Kansas City to Buy Groceries, Meat, Produce and Other Staples for more details.
Here are a few tips for the best farmers market experience right now:
Keep current. Check your local market website of Facebook page. Changes are being made often, in some cases, just days before a market is scheduled to be open. We’re working hard to keep our list current, but changes keep coming as everyone tries to figure out the best way to manage.
Know the selection. Learn what produce is in season so you know what to expect. Keep in mind most farmers markets are focusing on being essential food providers so many not be allowed to sell some of the “extras” you’re used to seeing.
Shop solo. By having one person from your household do the shopping, it will cut down on crowds and make social distancing easier.
Reusable bags: Some grocery stores have temporarily disallowed the use of reusable shopping bags. The same may be true with some farmers markets.
Pre-order where possible. This means you’ll have to spend less time around others (even at six feet or more) at the market.
Payment: Try to pay with credit or debit cards so no one has to handle money.
Pay attention to the weather. Spring is fickle in Kansas City so you might need a jacket, umbrella or sunglasses – sometimes all on the same day.
Stretching Your Money at the Farmers Market
Many households are finding their household budgets stretched thin right now. Here some ways you can get the most bang for your bucks when shopping at a farmers markets in Kansas City.
EBT/SNAP: Some Kansas City farmers markets accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for fruit and vegetable purchases. It’s usually done by swiping your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card in exchange for tokens.
Double Up Food Bucks: Make your SNAP benefits go further. Some markets also participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program (DUFB) administer by Cultivate Kansas City. For every dollar of SNAP benefits spent, you can earn additional dollars to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program: The Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is designed to provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs. Check to see if your neighborhood farmers market takes part.
Farmers Markets in Kansas City
107th Street Farmers Market
501 West 107th Street, Kansas City, MO
All Year: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
An indoor market offering locally grown produce, seasonal grains, eggs, ethically raised meats, artisan cheeses, baked goods, unique gifts, soaps, household cleansers and more.
Belton Farmers Market
Memorial Park, Belton, MO
June -September: Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m.
Features local vendors with homemade, home cooked and home grown items.
UPDATE: The tentative start date for The Belton Farmer’s Market is Thursday June 18th.
Blue Springs Downtown Farmers Market
11th & Main Street, Blue Springs, MO
May-October: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon
This market specializes in home grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or handmade.
Brookside Farmers Market
HJ’s Community Center, 6425 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO
April-November: Saturdays, 8 a,.m. to 1 p.m.
A producer only market so you are always talking to someone with a direct hand in growing or making what you’re eating. Features special events throughout the season including vendor farm tours, yoga sessions and seasonal celebrations.
Cass County Farmers Market
Family Center Farm & Home, 2601 Cantrell Road, Harrisonville, MO
Opening June 6: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
Offering for sale many handcrafted gifts, produce and plants. Vendors only sell items that they either make or grow, nothing is imported. If you need honey prior to the first weekend in June, contact the Cass County Farmers Market as they may be willing to meet you in a safe/healthy way to make the sale.
20 East 5th Street, Kansas City, MO
April-October: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beginning June 3: Wednesdays, TBA
November-March: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Based in this historic River Market, the City Market hosts the region’s largest farmer’s market rain or shine. More than 150 vendors offer locally grown plants, fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, bakery items, cut flowers and much more. You can also take in the River Market restaurants, merchants and specialty stores surrounding the market.
In addition to the Farmers Market, a vintage sale offering antiques, collectibles and gently-used items is held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All City Market parking is FREE Saturdays, Sundays and weekdays after 6 p.m.
Drumm Farm Farmers Market
Farm, 3210 South Lees Summit Road, Independence, MO
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
Operated by Drumm Farm staff and children giving them an opportunity to connect with the environment and learn valuable life skills.
Gladstone Farmers Market
7010 North Holmes Street (east side of Linden Square in downtown Gladstone), Gladstone, MO
May-October: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
One of the most popular markets in the northland. Sells fruit, veggies, flowers, eggs, honey, baked items, beef and more.
Grandview Farmers Market
12911 8th Street, Grandview, MO (one block north of Main at the intersection of 8th and Goode Avenue)
May 4-Oct. 19: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or until sold out)
Features produce grown within 100 miles of Grandview and specialty items.
UPDATE: The Grandview Farmers Market opening for 2020 is delayed due to public health concerns. We’ll provide updates once a decision has been announced.
Independence Farmers Market
Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road, Independence, MO
May-October: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June – September: Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UPDATE: The Independence Farmers Market is open on Saturdays only as a drive-thru market.
Local farmers and growers offer fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey, meats and more. There is also a wide array of crafts to choose from. All fresh foods and crafts have been made within a 100-mile radius of the city limits of Independence.
Kansas City, Kansas Farmers Market
Three locations – Kansas City, KS
June 3-Oct. 14: Hours vary by location (see below)
UPDATE: The Rosedale Market is opening May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market behind the Health Department opens June 3. The La Placita market is tentatively opening June 13.
A network of farmers markets in Wyandotte County offering local products. In 2020 there are three markets to choose from in Kansas City, KS:
- Wednesdays: 7:30 a.m. to noon; Behind the Health Department 6th and Tauromee.
- Every other Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; La Placita: Bethany Park, 1120 Central Avenue
- Sundays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rosedale Farmer’s Market, 4020 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City Organics
Minor Park, 1235 East Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, MO
May 4-Oct. 19: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Winter schedule: First or second Saturdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m. (weather permitting)
Organic family farmers offer fresh picked, locally grown produce, natural specialty meats, honey, edible flowers, herbs, grains, artisan breads and pies, eggs, fresh brewed “fair trade” coffee and more.
UPDATE: The opening of Kansas City Organics is on hold until further notice.
Leavenworth Farmers Market
Haymarket Square, 7th and Cherokee Streets, Leavenworth, KS
May 2-Aug. 29: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon
Sept. 5-Oct. 31: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
May 6-Sept. 30: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fresh cheese, flavored butter, wine, produce, jams, baked goods and more are offered. All food assistance cards regardless of the state of issue are accepted.
Lee’s Summit Downtown Farmers Market
Downtown at the corner of 2nd Street and Douglas Road, Lees Summit, MO
April -November: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. until sold out
UPDATE: The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market will operate as a drive-thru market starting Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at Abundant Life Baptist Church, 304 SW Persels Rd. The Wednesday Market will not be opening at this time. Many vendors are offering goods through delivery and pickup services.
More than 50 vendors featuring a variety of fresh produce, plants, meat, baked goods and handmade goods. Named the No. 1 Farmers Market in the state of Missouri by the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest hosted by American Farmland Trust seven years in row.
Parking can be found in the lot next to the Farmers Market on Douglas Street, or at the City Hall parking garage at the corner of Second and Green streets
Lenexa Farmers Market
17201 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS (bottom floor of Lenexa Civic Campus parking garage)
May 16-Oct. 31: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
May 26-Aug. 25: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UPDATE: The Lenexa Farmers Market is opening Saturday, May 16. All items are locally raised, grown or made within 250 miles of Lenexa. Each Saturday and Tuesday during the season, you can expect a selection of fresh produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, body care products and more. See here for helpful resources like market health precautions, vendor list and map and pre-order information.
Liberty Farmers Market
Historic Liberty Square, 111 North Water Street, Liberty, MO
May 2-Sept. 7: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon
Vendors carry a variety of produce, flowers, meat, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods and some craft items.
UPDATE: The Liberty Farmers Market is opening May 2 with specific safety guidelines. This includes spacing out of vendors and limiting customers at each station, no food sampling and no crowd gathering. Full details for market guidelines can be found here.
5635 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS
June-August: Thursdays, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Features a collection of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, craftsman items and food vendors.
Merriam Farmers Market
5572 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS
May 23-Sept. 26: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Presented under a covered facility with FREE, close parking. This market has a park-like setting with access to Turkey Creek Streamway Trail and Werner Park. In addition to vendors filling the 36 stalls, you can enjoy rotating entertainment, activities and food trucks.
UPDATE: Opening day is May 23. All vendors will be spread out and shopping will take place from the outer edge of the market. 7 to 8 a.m. is reserved for at-risk shoppers.
Here’s the event schedule for the 2020 season:
- May 23: Opening Day Giveaway
- June 6: Sister Act Face Painting: +: Home Depot Wood Projects
- June 13: Wheat State Sax Quartet
- June 20: Summon the Storm
- June 27: Saxes Plus
- July 4: Market hours are 7 to 11 a.m.: American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City Wind Ensemble (9:30–11 a.m.), Fireworks Painting (9:30–11 a.m.)
- July 11: Johnny Pierce
- July 18: Sean McNown
- July 25: Thorpe & McElroy
- Aug. 1: Erin Eades
- Aug. 8: Anchovy Fishermen
- Aug. 15: Yakety Sax
- Aug. 22: Janie Next Door; Chalk it Up Sidewalk Chalk
- Aug. 29: Prairie Country Band
- Sept. 5: Happy Wanderers; Family Food Fear Factor
- Sept. 12: Turkey Creek Car Show – Farmers’ Market at 5701 Merriam Drive
- Sept. 19: Nicole Springer
- Sept. 26: Nick Nave; Painting Mini Pumpkins
Olathe Farmers Market
Two locations – Olathe, KS
April 25: -Oct. 24: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. until sold out
May 6 – Sept. 23: Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. until sold out
UPDATE: The Olathe Farmers Market is open as of May 20 (Wednesdays) and May 23 (Saturdays).
There are two markets to choose from in Olathe:
- Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Road
- Black Bob Park, 14500 W 151st St., Field One
Vendors offer a variety of baked goods, flowers, fresh produce, plants and more. All vendors take cash, but a few only accept debit/credit.
Overland Park Farmers Market
Downtown Overland Park, 7950 Marty Street, Overland Park, KS
April -September: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
September – November: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
May to September: Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m to 1 p.m.
UPDATE: The Overland Park Farmers Market is temporarily operating at the Overland Park Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of June. See more details here. Wednesday markets begin June 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This market has been operating for more than 35 years and has really grown into quite an offering of produce, plants, meats, spices, herbs, fresh flowers, baked goods, beverages and prepared foods. All items are clearly labeled so you can understand where products originated from (e.g., organic certified, homegrown, purchased locally for resale, etc.). Cash is accepted by all vendors and some take credit and debit cards. However, you can swipe your card at the market information booth in exchange for tokens that can be used on any market day. There’s no fee for the transaction. Many vendors also participate in the EBT/SNAP program as well as the Senior Vouchers Program (SFMNP).
During the season there are many special events tied to the Overland Park Farmer’s Market. We’ll update those as details are finalized for 2020.
Paola Farmers Market
Park Square, West Miami Street, Downtown Paola, KS
May–August: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.
UPDATE: The Paola Farmers market will open May 12 as a virtual market offering curbside pick up on Thursday evenings. Here how it works:
- Tuesday evenings: Vendors will update details on what they have available. Contact vendors directly to place an order.
- Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.: Look for the Bull Creek BBQ food truck parked at Fire Lake Soapery: 5 East Piankishaw, one block north of the square, facing Pearl Street. Shoppers can pick up their orders each Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The first pickup for the virtual market will be May 14.
The market will be closed on the following dates: May 23 (Memorial Day Weekend), June 13 (Heartland Car Show), July 4 (Independence Day) and Aug. 29 (Roots Festival).
Parkville Farmers Market
English Landing Park, 8701 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO
April 25 – Oct. 31: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon
June 10 – Sept. 9: Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m.
UPDATE: The Parkville Farmers Market has shifted from a drive-thru market to a one-way walk-thru set up. Customers are reminded to practice social distancing while shopping.
A locally grown-verified market with a large selection of locally grown/produced assorted fruits & vegetables, meats, farm fresh eggs, local honey, jams, homemade baked breads and sweets, plants, cut flowers, herbs, mushrooms and more. The market customer service booth exchanges tokens with debit or credit cards. They can also run EBT cards to provide SNAP tokens for use in the market. Prize drawings and FREE events for kids are featured throughout the season.
Peculiar Farmers Market
Parking lot at the corner of W. Center and S. Main Streets, Peculiar, MO
May 27 -Oct. 7: Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m.
The market features farmers, vendors, craftsmen and artists selling products that are grown, raised and produced within 100 miles of the market.
Raymore’s Original Town Farmers Market
T.B. Hanna Station Park, 214 South Washington Street, Raymore, MO
June-September: Tuesdays, 4 to 7 p.m.
Available selection of locally produced crafts, foods and produce will vary by growing season but confirmed vendors will have their wares advertised through the City of Raymore’s Parks and Recreation Facebook page prior to that week’s market. Market visitors are treated to a diverse selection of entertainment, ranging from musical acts to professional face painting, to FREE giveaways. Market visitors may park their vehicles on the roadside, as well as in the east and west parking lots of the First Baptist Church.
Rosedale Farmers Market
Commerce Bank parking lot, 4020 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS
Opening day May 24: Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Opening day June 12: Every other Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Rosedale Farmers Market has since grown to include a dozen local farmers, bakers, jam-and-sauce-makers and crafters, committed to bringing fresh, affordable, healthy food to the Rosedale neighborhood.
Shawnee Farmers Market
City Hall Parking Lot, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee KS
June 6 – October: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon
Vendors offer fresh produce, local foods and specialty items.
Spring Hill Farmers Market
406 West Nichols (across from the City Park), Spring Hill, KS
May 23-Aug. 29: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Vendors sell items that are homemade or homegrown within 50 miles of Spring Hill.