Thursday, August 2, 2012

Looking For A Good Kansas City Farmer's Market? Check Out The One In Overland Park, KS


Produce From the Overland Park Farmer's Market
The Overland Park Farmer's Market is One of the Best in Kansas City

I love a good farmer’s market, and one of my favorites is the Overland Park Farmer's Market (located in downtown Overland Park at 7950 Marty)



Fresh-baked Breads and Jams

Filled with delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, the market, now in its 30th year, is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and also offers a variety of fresh-baked breads, herbs, pastas, honey,  natural sea salt flavorings, jams, dips, soaps and more.



Most of the produce for sale is local, and some of the MO/KS area farms and businesses with stalls this season include Schenker Family Farms, Heritage Acres Farm, Heartland Honey,  Dragush Produce, Clevenger Farm and BakeryBush Farms and Landeria Farms.  

The O.P. Farmer's Market Smells Wonderful
You'll find that going to the Overland Park Farmer's Market early in the morning is like stepping into agricultural heaven.  The smell of newly-picked fruits, veggies and herbs flows through the air as farmers set out their brightly-colored produce and lots of samples (which I rarely turn down!)
 


Walking Through The O.P. Farmer's Market
Wednesday mornings is the best time to go because it is less crowded than on Saturdays, and you don’t have to fight your way through such a mob to actually reach the produce.  Granted, there might be fewer vendors there on Wednesdays, but having a smaller crowd, especially early in the morning, makes it worthwhile.



A Food Demonstration
The market also offers frequent food demonstrations and live music in a nearby covered area (under the clock tower), and there is often even entertainment for the kids.  

Making Balloon Animals
 Last time I was there, a Whole Foods chef was giving cooking tips to an interested audience and a talented vendor was making balloon animals for the little ones.  Children were also allowed to play in the small water area. 
 

Children Playing In The Fountain
This quaint Farmer's Market is set up under a 12,000 square foot pavilion and offers everything you might need.  

You will also be glad to know that according to a recent report by 41 Action News, Overland Park keeps a close eye on the vendors at their market. 

The news article specifically stated, "Overland Park  inspects vendors to make sure they are growing the produce sold.  In addition, the market manager told us they require vendors to have general liability insurance, temporary food permits from the city if they serve food or samples, commercial kitchen licenses, the appropriate licenses from the Kansas Department of Agriculture for whatever product they sell, and vendors must label all pre-packaged items."

If you're thinking about visiting the Overland Park Farmer’s Market, their dates and hours are listed below. 


The Overland Park Farmer's Market
- April and May (Saturdays only)

 

- June through September (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

 

- October (Saturdays only)



The hours of operation for the Farmers’ Market shall generally be as follows:

- Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

                                                           

-  Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.




2 comments:

  1. I've never been to this market before but your blog makes me want to go! Thanks for your recommendation.

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  2. You are welcome. I hope you are able to go!

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