‘Tis the season for farmers markets. (Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-legume.)
Where else can you score fresh produce (sometimes picked the same day you buy it) at a reasonable price and support local farmers in the Kansas City community? With so many markets in the metro, it’s safe to say you can probably find one open pretty much any day of the week.
Here’s our list of farmers markets in Kansas City that are open (or opening soon). As always, be sure to check ahead for updates and featured vendors before you head out. Also, many vendors now allow pre-ordering, which means you can be in and out in a jiff.
Brookside Farmer’s Market
HJ’s Community Center, 6425 Wornall Road
Now through November: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This local producer-only market means you’re rubbing elbows with someone who had a direct hand in growing/making what you’re eating. Find special events throughout the season, including live music and a bevy of new vendors.
Cass County Farmers Market
Family Center Farm & Home, 2601 Cantrell Road, Harrisonville
May 1st through October: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
Besides fruits and veggies, this farmers market offers many handcrafted gifts, baked goods and plants. Vendors only sell items that they either make or grow, nothing is imported. (Oh, and there’s plenty of locally produced honey, too.)
20 East 5th Street
Now through October: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Centered in KC’s historic River Market, this mammoth venue hosts one of the region’s largest farmers market—rain or shine. More than 150 vendors offer locally grown plants, fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, bakery items, cut flowers, and much more. While you’re there, swing by nearby restaurants, merchants, and specialty stores surrounding the market.
Drumm Farm Farmers Market
3210 South Lee’s Summit Road, Independence
May through October: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
Drumm staff and children plant and harvest a four-acre garden, care for small livestock, and operate a small farm market. Children on campus participate in the farm operations, giving them an opportunity to connect with the environment and learn valuable life skills. The public is invited to shop at Drumm Farm Market to help teach these valuable life skills to the children.
Gladstone Farmers Market
7010 North Holmes Street/Linden Square, Gladstone
May through October: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Headed to the Northland? This popular market offers fruit, veggies, flowers, eggs, honey, baked items, beef and more.
Grandview Farmers Market
12911 8th Street, Grandview Amphitheater
June through October: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or until sold out)
Fresh produce! Food trucks! Handmade crafts! You’ll find it all here courtesy of area farmers/vendors located within 100 miles of Grandview.
Independence Farmers Market
Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road, Independence
May through October: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This growers-only market features crafters and other food vendors. They also accept food stamps and offer double-match tokens for produce purchases.
Belton Farmers Market
Memorial Park, Belton
June through September: Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m.
Tastiness abounds! Shop local vendors with homemade, home-cooked and home-grown items.
Leavenworth Farmers Market
Haymarket Square, 7th and Cherokee Streets, Leavenworth
May through August: Saturdays 7 a.m. until noon
September through October: Saturdays 8 a.m. until noon
May through September: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
From fresh cheese and flavored butter to wine, jams and baked goods, you’ll find it here.
Lee’s Summit Downtown Farmers Market
Saturdays: Abundant Life Church, 304 SW Persels Road, Lee’s Summit
Wednesdays: 2nd Street and Douglas Road, Lee’s Summit
Now through November: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. until sold out
40+ vendors feature a variety of fresh produce, plants, meat, baked goods and handmade goods.
Lenexa Farmers Market
17201 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa
Now through October: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
June through August: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring your appetite—and your recyclable bags. 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.
5635 Johnson Drive, Mission
June through August: Thursdays, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Small but mighty, the Mission Market features locally grown produce, honey, unique specialty foods and baked goods, and arts and crafts from local makers. Plus, they offer a beer/wine garden each week, with live music, food trucks, and fun.
Merriam Farmers Market
5572 Merriam Drive, Merriam
May through September: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Located in the downtown Merriam historic district, the Merriam Farmers Market offers a beautiful park environment with access to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail and Werner Park. Enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, and homemade products.
Olathe Farmers Market
Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Road
Black Bob Park, 14500 W 151st Street, Field One
Now through October: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. until sold out
May 12 through September: Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. until sold out
Vendors offer a variety of baked goods, flowers, fresh produce, plants and more.
Overland Park Farmers Market
Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park
Now through September: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
With 35+ years of serving Johnson County, this market has blossomed into quite an offering of produce, plants, meats, spices, herbs, fresh flowers, baked goods, beverages and prepared foods. Many vendors also participate in the EBT/SNAP program as well as the Senior Vouchers Program (SFMNP).
Paola Farmers Market & Music
Park Square, West Miami Street, Downtown Paola
June 19 through September 25: Saturdays 6 to 9 p.m.
Paola Farmers Market is joining forces with Paola’s Music on the Square for the 2021 season. Together, they’ll provide local farmers and citizens a way to come together while listening to a free concert series with various local artists in Paola’s beautiful town square.
Park Place Farmers Market
Park Place at 116th Place, Leawood
May through October, Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Eat, shop, indulge, discover, and start a tradition with the metro’s newest farmers market. Stroll to live music and shop from a variety of local produce, products and specialty food vendors.
Parkville Farmers Market
English Landing Park, 8701 Clark Avenue, Parkville
Now through October: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to Noon
June 9 through September: Wednesdays, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy this locally grown-verified market with a large selection of assorted fruits and vegetables, meats, farm fresh eggs, local honey, jams, homemade baked breads and sweets, plants, cut flowers, herbs, mushrooms and more. Prize drawings and free events for kids are featured throughout the season.
Peculiar Farmers Market
W. Center and S. Main Streets, Peculiar
May 19th through October: Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m.
The market features farmers, vendors, craftsmen and artists selling products that are grown, raised and produced within a 100-mile radius of the market.