It’s National CSA day!

Spring is right around the  corner, which means it's time to starting thinking about all of the the amazing local, organic, and free-range food to be had right here in KC! And it's not just for veggie lovers anymore.  Many farmers have a meat option if that's what you are looking for.

Want to know what all the fuss is about?  How to you make sure and get your own piece of the pie (so to speak!)

Visit All About CSAs.  Each farm only has a limited number of subscriptions available, so sign up soon!

March 25-Eat Local Expo

March 25
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Gym, Overland Park, KS
12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210

Do you know your farmer?

Join us at our 20th annual Eat Local & Organic Expos for a chance to meet and buy directly from some of the best local, organic, and free-range farmers in the area. Snatch up early flower and garden seedlings, fresh greens, herbs, free-range meat and eggs and get our free Directory of local organic and free range producers. Getting a subscription to a farm (a CSA) gets you top pick of the best food in town.

Pop-up Workshop "How to Eat Local and Organic" 

Starting at 10:00 and held every hour on the hour, these 15 minute workshops will empower you with all of our best tips for making the most of the bounty available to us in the midwest!

 

For more info visit http://eatlocalexpokc.com

Feb 21- Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase

The Slow Money Showcase is an easy way to see Slow Money at work. We've selected five people with strong projects--some from the Douglas County area and some from the KC area. These people work to heal our planet through creating good environmental businesses. The projects include; farmers and ranchers waiting to expand, a pay-as-you-go cafe, and an event space that uses local produce. We've invited them to give an eight minute presentation to a room full of potential investors, environmental enthusiasts, and Slow Money supporters.

Visit http://www.slowmoneynekansas.org for more info.

Cultivate KC’s Farmers and Friends Meeting- Feb 4

Join Cultivate Kansas City for our twelfth Annual Farmers & Friends Meeting, a gathering that brings together our city's farming and food dreamers and doers.

We share knowledge, we start conversations, we introduce the community's leaders to those who are just getting started, we dream about what a healthy food system for Kansas City could look like, and then we venture out to make it happen. The event features:

  • Workshops and panels lead by local experts
  • Opportunities to connect with your local growing community
  • Keynote speakers and announcements
  • Two potlucks meals! Homemade pie for breakfast and a hearty lunch

The event is free and open to all Kansas City area farmers, growers and friends.

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9 am - 3 pm, doors open at 8 am for pie and coffee

Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E. 55th St., Kansas City, MO 64113

Visit our Facebook event page to RSVP and invite your friends.

 

For more details:

http://www.cultivatekc.org/events/annualmeeting/annualmeeting.html

Seed Savers KC Winter Seed Exchange Jan 21

Our friends at SeedSavers-KC are hosting their annual Winter Seed Exchange!

Please bring your things to trade in individual labeled containers (envelopes, bags, jars, pots). Things you can trade are seeds, bulbs, cuttings, oils, tinctures, dried herbs, dried vegetables, ferment starters, fresh eggs, pickles, jams, jellies, garden/environmental, homestead books the options are numerous.

Please give a suggested $3-5 donation at the door to help cover costs. We are a 501 (c) (3) organization. Volunteers are welcome..
PLEASE CARPOOL if possible.

Saturday, Jan 21, INDOORS at the Anita B Gorman Conservation Center
4750 Troost Ave, KCMO

More Info can be found here

Mid-America Organic Association Conference Comes to KC!

This year, MOA has a new venue, the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. Join us for over 70 informative educational sessions, hands-on workshops, special events including the MOA Top Chef Competition, and, of course, great food! Don't miss it! And, as always, thank you for your support of the Mid-America Organic Association and its goals...educating farmers and consumers about organic and sustainable agriculture.

January 25-28, Sheraton at the Crown Center

Highlights include:

The MOA Chef Showcase- Who's cooking at the MOA Showcase of Chefs? Only eight of the best chefs in Mid-America(including three from KC!) Meet, greet, and eat at this fun event on Friday, January 27th, from 6-7 PM. Samples will be provided at each station where you can talk to the chefs personally about their creations.

Panel discussion on Saving our Food Diversity with Joseph Simcox, Chef Sean Sherman, Jerry Youngbear, Matt Powers and Tina Ellor.

Several sessions on sustainable farming, including our own Emily Akins who will present "How to Eat Local."

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Tea Cupping with Hugo Tea Feb 25

We love a really great cup of tea! And we really love a really great cup of ethically sourced organic tea.

Join us as we spend an hour sampling some of the best tea in the city. Zach will be on hand to guide us through the basics of tea and demo international cupping procedures.

Hugo Tea is made up of tea drinkers who believe that people should know where their tea comes from. They travel thousands of miles each year to build relationships with farmers, pursing the greatest teas from the cleanest tea gardens in the world.

Your Ticket Includes: the class, tea samples, a hand crafted mug from our friends at Fiber & Clay & a package of Hugo Tea.

Date & Time

Sat, February 25, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

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Location

Hugo Tea Company
1007 Swift Street
North Kansas City, MO 64116

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Learn to Make Ravioli- And eat it too

Ravioli, the plural version of Raviolo, is the beloved stuffed pasta largely believed to be invented in Italy in the 14th century. 

There’s nothing so delicious as fresh pasta, and crafting it yourself is much easier than you might think!  Join the Kansas City Food Circle and Beth Barden from Succotash and learn how to use local & organic ingredients to make amazing ravioli.

In this interactive cooking class guests will learn to create ravioli, have dinner, and will also be able to take home their ravioli creations.

Ticket includes dinner and wine.

Succotash Restaurant, 2601 Holmes Street, KCMO

December 12 at 6pm

Get your tickets here

KC Food Circle Holiday Pop-Up

This is KC's only 100% local Holiday Pop Up Shop! Celebrate all the diversity found in our community - from gifts to home goods to all the food you need for Thanksgiving. This event has it all.

Show your friends and family all the KC love you can this holiday season. (And maybe get yourself a little something, too!)
Saturday, November 19th
10a-4p
Heim Building (across from Local Pig in the East Bottoms)
2700 Guinotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64120

No Tickets Required!

TRAFFIC ALERT

Guinotte St. coming from the east (Downtown/1-35 N is closed. Please take Front Street/Kansas Ave, Chestnut Trafficway to Guinotte.

 

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Check out this amazing list of vendors!

28 Woodworks
80 Acres Art
Beer Paws
Black Dogs Farm
Borgman's Dairy
Broken Arrow
CatCoq
Cobinsteinz Farm
Craft Bomb
Decoylab
Dez Nuts
Fair Share Farms
Farrar Family Farm
Fiber & Clay
Food Life Joy
Green Bee KC
Green Dirt Farm
Greene's Acre Organic Farm
Hello Happiness Cards
Hugo Tea
Ibis Bakery
KC Canning
Lew Edmister
McFarland Glass
Messner Family Farms
Mindfully Made for You
Ocean and Sea
Opal & Gold
Peaceful Hills Farm
Red Hare Leather
Red Team Farm
Sandlot Goods
Schenker Family Farms
Shine Candle Co
Skin
Skyview Farm and Creamery
Sibleyville Cackleberries
Small Barn Farm
Smoky Hills Farm
Song Bird Cafe
Stony Crest Urban Farm
Sweet Destructor
Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro
The Little Wing
Urban Provisions
Vain
Whiskey & Bone
Wild Alaska Fish Co.
Wild Wash Soap
Wood + Salt
Yummylicious Cookies

Time to Reserve Your Turkey!

The last few months of the year come on so quickly it can feel a bit like the rug is being pulled out from under us. If the speedy onset of the holiday season has caught you off guard, it's possible that you haven't ordered your Thanksgiving turkey yet. We're here to help! 

 

If you're thinking about opting out of a boring supermarket bird and upping your turkey game this year by choosing a locally raised or heritage breed turkey we recommend reserving that turkey from your farmer a month before Thanksgiving Day. They sell out that quickly, and for good reason: Many people think local and heritage turkeys just taste better, and helps keeps your holiday money right here in the community. 

You might be thinking, "Hey, it's a turkey. Aren't they all the same?" Not really.  What most of us know today as a classic Thanksgiving turkey is a Broad Breasted White, selectively bred by USDA scientists over the past 50 years to put on maximal breast meat in minimum growing time. This triumph of modern agricultural science is the industry's answer to what they think we want -lots of white meat, on the cheap. The biological cost of such great efficiency is an ungainly bird, too stocky in the chest to fly or to reproduce naturally. The turkeys sold by our farmers are usually endangered breeds such as Standard Bronze, Narragansett, Black Spanish, and White Holland, or a combination of these breeds. These birds are very similar to what would have been eaten by the Pilgrims. Plus, they are raised out-of-doors like a good turkey should be, and aren't injected with water, salt, preservatives, and flavorings during the packaging process like supermarket birds.

When you call your farmer to order, plan for about 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person, which will afford you a little bit extra for leftovers. We always plan for sandwiches the next day.  When you pick up your order, it will be frozen just like you are used to.  Cooking times may be a little less, and there may be a bit more dark meat.  Expect the flavor to knock your mother-in-laws socks off! Cook's Illustrated even did a taste test between store bought birds and heritage breeds. 

Our handful of family farmers have gone the extra mile to provide you with the perfect centerpiece to your meal.

Each of the farms below has turkeys available - reserve yours today!

Mysfit Acres sold out