Summer’s in full swing which means gardens are bursting with fresh tomatoes, cantaloupes, zucchini, green peppers, corn, jalapenos, blackberries and more. Kansas City has farmers markets all around so you can sink your teeth into fresh produce, fruits and a lot of other homemade goods and specialty items.
I’ve put together a list of farmers markets operating this season. Reach out at amy@kansascityonthecheap if you see something I’ve missed.
Here are a few tips for the best farmers market experience:
- Learn what produce is in season so you know what to expect.
- Bring cash in small bills. Many markets do accept debit/credit cards but it varies.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Chances are you’ll do a fair amount of walking perusing the stalls.
- And do peruse all the stalls. I like to make a full loop through before buying anything. This gives me a chance to see what’s offered, the prices, etc.
- Bring reusable shopping bags. Many vendors offer plastic shopping bags but it’s good to limit these wherever possible. Many markets sell fun, reusable bags.
- Ask questions. Most vendors love to tell you about their wares.
- Pay attention to the weather. Early season days are likely to be cooler, so you’ll want a jacket. As it becomes summer, plan to bring bottled water.
- 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.
- 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.
Blue Springs Downtown Farmers Market
& Main Street, Blue Springs, MO
May-October: Saturdays, 7 am-noon
This market specializes in home grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or handmade.
Brookside Farmers Market
Border Star Montessori School, 6321 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO
April-November: Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm
A producer only market so you are always talking to someone with an intimate hand in the production of what you are eating. Features special events throughout the season including vendor farm tours, yoga sessions and seasonal celebrations.
Cass County Farmers Market
Family Center Millwalk Mall 2601 Cantrell Road, Harrisonville, MO
May-October: Saturdays, 8 am-noon
Offering for sale many handcrafted gifts, produce and plants. Vendors only sell items that they either make or grow, nothing is imported.
City Market/River Market
20 East 5th Street, Kansas City, MO
April-October: 7 am-3 pm Saturdays, 9 am-3 pm Sundays
November-March: Saturdays and Sundays 9 am-3 pm
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 am-3pm on Sundays.
All City Market parking is FREE Saturdays, Sundays and weekdays after 6pm.
Drumm Farm Farmers Market
Farm, 3210 South Lees Summit Road, Independence, MO
Year round: Saturdays, 8 am-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 am-1 pm; Wednesdays 2 pm-6 pm
One of the most popular markets in the northland. Sells fruit, veggies, flowers, eggs, honey, baked items, beef and more.
Green Acres Farmers Market at Briarcliff
4175 North Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, MO
May-Sept.: Tuesdays, 3-6 pm
All items must be locally grown, preferably without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
Independence Farmers Market
Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road, Independence, MO
May-October: Saturdays, 7 am-1 pm
June – September: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 am-1 pm
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.
Ivanhoe’s Farmers Market
3209 Woodland Avenue, Kansas City, MO
June 1 -September: Saturdays, 9 am-noon
Includes produce from Ivanhoe urban farmers and other local growers. Ivanhoe Farmers’ Market offers SNAP, DUFB, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition program, and Read & Munch $2 Munch Money tokens for young readers and eaters.
Kansas City Organics & Natural Farmers Market at Minor Park
Minor Park, 1235 East Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, MO
May 4th to October 19th: Saturdays 8am-12:30 pm
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.
Leavenworth Farmers Market
Haymarket Square, 649 Cherokee Street, Leavenworth, KS
May 4-Aug. 31: Saturdays, 7 am-noon
Sept. 1-Oct. 26: 8 am-noon
May 8-Sept. 25: Wednesdays, 3 pm-6 pm
Fresh cheese, flavored buter, 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 6-Nov. 23: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am-sold out
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.
Special event dates include:
- July 24, 2019 – Christmas in July at the Market
- October 5, 2019 – Harvest Fest
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
Liberty Farmers Market
Historic Liberty Square, 111 North Water Street, Liberty, MO
May 1-Sept. 7: Saturdays, 7am-noon
Vendors carry a variety of produce, flowers, meat, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods and some craft items. Credit and debit cards are accepted along with SNAP benefits, and participates in the Beans & Greens program.
Merriam Farmers Market
5572 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS
May 4-Sept. 28: Saturdays, 7 am-1 pm
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.
Here’s the schedule for the season:
- July 6 – Pic & Bow, Royal BBQ
- July 13 – Julie Majors Trio, Eat Schmidt
- July 20 – Sean McNown, SSaaCC Lunch
- July 27 – Whiteman’s Overbite Monster Mural, Eat & Be Happy
Olathe Farmers Market
Two locations – Olathe, KS
April 20: -Oct. 12: Saturdays, 7:30 am-sold out
May 1 – Aug. 1: Wednesdays, 7:30 am-sold out
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 20 -Sept. 22: Saturdays, 7 am-1 pm
Sept. 28 – Nov. 16: Saturdays, 8 am-noon
May 22 – Sept. 25: Wednesdays, 7:30 am- 1 pm
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).
Special events tied to the Overland Park Farmer’s Market can be found here.
Paola Farmers Market
Park Square, West Miami Street, Downtown Paola, KS
May 18 – Aug. 31: Saturdays, 7:30 am-2 pm
Parkville Farmers Market
English Landing Park, 8701 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO
April 27 – Oct. 26: Saturdays, 7 am-noon
June 12 – Sept. 11: Wednesdays, noon-4 pm
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 2 -Oct. 22: Wednesdays, 4 pm-7 pm
Raymore’s Original Town Farmers Market
T.B. Hanna Station Park, 214 South Washington Street, Raymore, MO
June-September: Tuesdays, 4 pm-7 pm
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.
Shawnee Farmers Market
City Hall Parking Lot, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee KS
May 11 – October: Saturdays, 7 am-noon
Spring Hill Farmers Market
Spring Hill Elementary School, 406 West Nichols Spring Hill, KS
May-August: Saturdays, 7:30 am-noon