Decoder Rings & Egg Cartons

Do you feel like you need a decoder ring to understand all of the labels on egg cartons?  

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Pasture-Raised: Chickens happily running around on actual grass, or in a movable enclosure to keep them safe from coyotes, raccoons, and hawks.  (Hey, we aren't the only ones who think chicken tastes good.) In this system, they are eating bugs and grass, and can be given chicken feed as well. These happy chickens make some amazing eggs!
Cage-Free: Hmm, this sounds good, but what does it really mean? Well, in large commercial egg houses, hens were kept in dark cages with about as much space to hang out as a piece of copier paper.  Some chicken houses have moved to cage free, which means just that, no cages.  Usually, they are raised indoors in giant barns with thousands of other chickens.  Better, but not as great as pastured!
Organic: Eggs with this label must come from free-range, fed organic feed (no synthetic pesticides), and receive no hormones or antibiotics. They may or may not, have access to outdoors.  It's just all about the food they eat.
Vegetarian-Fed Diet: Did you now that chickens are not really vegetarians?  It 's true!  So to get the protein they need, these ladies are fed soybean meal. So why the label? Some industrial egg houses have fed their hens ground chicken feathers an other, ahem, unsavory byproducts of their industry. Vegetarian fed means that they are only getting grains & most likely eat corn fortified with amino acids.
All Natural/Natural: There's really nothing natural about all-natural.  It's really just a marketing ploy to convince you that the food is somehow "better" because it claims to be natural.
No Hormones: It is illegal to give hormones to poultry; it is the equivalent of putting a label boasting "no toxic waste" on a cereal box
No Antibiotics: Antibiotics are rarely used in egg industry, so it's like another free pass.
Free Range-Cage Free and Access to Outdoors: There is no government oversight to this term, so companies can have more or less interpret it as they see fit.
If you see none of these claims on your carton, you should probably assume the worst.
 
One last note: if your grandma told you that that brown eggs are healthier than white eggs, it is only because back in the day, brown eggs came from real farms.  The color of the egg depends on the breed of chicken.  When these big egg houses started up, they only used chickens that produced white eggs, because consumers thought they were cleaner and healthier.
Get your eggs from your Food Circle Farmer!

Are you ready to hit the Farmer’s Markets?

Kansas City is fortunate to have access to a number of Farmers Markets that only accept vegetable and fruit producers who agree to grow using organic methods. These are our Featured Organic Farmers Markets. Organic growers avoid the use of conventional fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and other biocides, and they strive to preserve the health of the living soil. In addition, the farmers at these markets who produce meat, eggs, and dairy products agree to avoid the use of synthetic growth promotants such as hormones and sub-therapeutic antibiotics. For additional information about the markets, please contact the market directly with your questions.


Brookside Farmer's Market

63rd & Wornall, KCMO – Located in the parking lot of Border Star Montessori School

[SNAP EBT + Double-$-Value Beans & Greens]

Kansas City’s market to visit for certified organic food
Saturday Mornings – beginning April 20. 8 am to 1 pm

The Brookside Farmers’ Market has satisfied Kansas City’s appetite for local and organic for over 10 years! Each saturday you will find just-picked, farm-fresh vegetables and herbs, bright flowers, delicious meat from grass-fed animals, eggs from free-range chickens, handmade products for home and body, freshly prepared breads and baked goods including vegan and gluten-free items, the famous Brookside Breakfast Burritos and a place to sit and visit. People from all over the metro area come to Brookside to enjoy the relaxed neighborhood flavor of the market and to shop from multiple growers/producers who are USDA Certified Organic. All our farmers use organic, sustainable and cruelty-free practices. A majority of our vegetable vendors grow on urban farms located in the KC metro area. No vendor travels more than 100 miles to come to market. Plus, no food or other items are sold that are not grown or produced by the persons you will meet in each vendor tent. Know your Farmer – Know your Food!

Visit http://www.brooksidefarmersmarket.com for more details.

Festival Dates:
May – Gardeners’ Festival
June – Kale Festival
July – Heirloom Tomato Festival
August – Children’s Festival
September – Grill Fest
October – Harvest Festival


Ivanhoe Farmer's Market

3700 Woodland, Kansas City, MO 64109 -parking lot of the beautiful Nutter Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center

[SNAP EBT + Double-$-Value Beans & Greens]

Every Friday from 5-7 p.m. beginning the third week of June and running through the last week of September

The Ivanhoe Farmers' Market is an open-air seasonal market operating in one of the Kansas City's historic, food desert urban core neighborhoods.  Having celebrated our first season in 2012 as an extension of the award-winning "Grown in Ivanhoe Project", the market has made available hundreds of pounds of fresh, local, affordable, neighborhood-grown produce to the Kansas City community.

Our Market mission is to provide the Ivanhoe and surrounding neighborhoods with seasonal access to local, organic food;  To build a thriving community gathering space by providing safe and beautiful market spaces, local entertainment, and artisan crafts; To grow the Ivanhoe community by building a thriving network of market customers, market vendors and neighborhood growers.  Our vision is an Ivanhoe community with local food on every table.

While parents shop, children can play at the "All Kids Can Play" Playground just feet away from the market vendors.  Local entertainment provides free music while shoppers are treated to free lemonade.  The Ivanhoe Farmers Market is a proud participant in the Beans & Greens Program and EBT/SNAP patrons are treated with dignity and respect.


 KC Organics and Natural Market at Minor Park

“Uniquely nestled in a beautiful park, On the grass and Under the trees!” – Just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (at about E. 110th St),Kansas City, MO (one mile south of I-435 at Holmes Road)

http://www.kcorganics.com

Saturdays, 8 am—12:30 pm, May 4th – October 12th

Come visit us in the park! Our family farmers offer organic produce that is fresh-picked and locally grown, natural specialty, free-range and heritage breed meats, honey, mushrooms, edible flowers, herbs, grains, artisan breads, cereals and pies, fresh eggs, freshly-brewed “FT” coffee & more. We continue to pioneer ECo-ProduCts, with the highest organic- content hand-made bar soaps & body care items, woodcrafts, candles, artisan natural- stone custom jewelry, and much more. We are a “Fair Trade” Market, with occasional gourmet Chefs demos featuring KC’s up and coming talent and Live and Local “Organica music.”

Please visit our website and join our email list via , for special events or call 816-444-FOOD(3663).

(In cooperation with the KCMO Parks and Recreation Department)

We host a Special INDOOR “Holiday Market” at Notre Dame de Sion High School (on December 13), at 106th & Wornall Road.


Niles Garden Market

13th and Highland Avenue (behind Clymer Center – 13th and Paseo)
Mondays starting in June from 4 to 6pm — June through late October

1911 E 23rd Street (east of Downtown, close to Garfield Ave) KCMO
Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm — June through late October

Niles garden is an educational and tranquil garden site located on the niles Home for Children campus. Niles uses organic no-till practices on garden beds however makes no certification claim for that practice. The intent is for Niles to serve as a model for beginning gardeners to learn sustainable urban agricultural techniques. The produce market benefits Niles and other community youth who work the garden.

Some of our garden practices can be seen at http://organotill.org, and catch up with Marty in Facebook at Organotill:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/117114924967392/

Niles/Clymer Collaborative Produce Market
[SNAP EBT Accepted]

Niles/Clymer Collaborative Produce Market is located at Clymer Community Center 13th & Highland in KCMO. It opens the last week of May and runs weekly on Monday afternoons from 4 – 6 pm. This community market offers a variety of vegetables.


Raytown Farmer's Market

Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
May 2nd to October 31, 2015

6210 Raytown Road (West of the Raytown Mid-Continent Public Library) Raytown, MO 64133

Beginning our 2015 Market Season, Raytown Farmers’ Market will be a Natural Farmers’ Market that offers both  USDA certified organic producers and also non-certified organic producers.  The Raytown Farmers’ Market is committed to providing the best organic and locally grown produce to our patrons.

Raytown Farmers’ Market was created to give children, adults, and families in the Raytown/Kansas City area knowledge, education, engagement, and access to fresh locally grown organic produce, while supporting the local and urban growers and producers.


 Waldo Farmer’s Market @ ReStore

1 Block East of Wornall on W 79th St (303 W 79th Street)

Summer Season: Wednesdays 3pm-7:00pm, May 7 – Oct. 1.

http://www.waldofarmersmarketkc.com

http://www.facebook.com/waldofarmersmarket

The Waldo Farmers’ Market features USDA Certified Organic and non-certified sustainably grown vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese and honey, plus artisan breads, jams, transplants (spring), flowers, herbs and sweet treats produced as close as 4 miles from the market to no more than 100 miles away. Vegetable and meat vendors are required to be USDA Certified Organic or members of the Kansas City Food Circle and abide by the KCFC farmers’ pledges.

The market is conveniently located for after-work stops, shoppers on tight time schedules, bikers and walkers using the adjacent Trolley Track Trail and neighbors out for a stroll. The market is very kid-friendly and welcoming to pets on leashes. A substantial portion of vendor fees are donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, the market’s host.

Contact the Market Managers for more info: stonycrest (a) sbcglobal.net or (816) 304-2517.

Farm to Table Dinner at Harvest

Where else can you enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner in a beautiful castle? Only at Renee Kelly’s Harvest.

Join us to find out what Chef Renee Kelly (recently seen on Bravo’s hit TV series “Top Chef”) has in store for your tastebuds. We will deliver a basket of the freshest local & organic ingredients from our farmers to Chef Renee and she will create an amazing meal for us.

Chef Renee will also discuss why she sources locally and the farms she sources from.

Your ticket price includes dinner at Harvest, a glass of wine, or a beer. Vegetarians are welcome, simply email  with any dietary restrictions.

This event is limited to 20 people and our Members get first dibs. Don't miss your chance to enjoy this one-of-a-kind event with food from your favorite KCFC Member farmers!