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!

“Surprise Basket” Farm to Table Dinner- Webster House

We are kicking off our Farm to Table dinner series in a HUGE way & celebrating Spring at The Webster House! Tuesday evening, May 3rd from 6-9pm. Come behind the scenes with Chef Brandon Winn as he opens the Webster House just for us.  Chef Brandon will use his culinary chops to create an on-the-spot menu of fresh and delicious local, organic, free range fare.

Your ticket price includes dinner in the Webster House kitchen, cocktails, wine & "mocktails". Vegetarians are welcome, simply email with any dietry restrictions.

This event is limited to 30 people and our Eater 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!

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How to Cook with Lard

Have you heard about the benefits of cooking with lard? They are many, both of flavor and of health! And when you're using lard from local, humanely raised animals, you are getting the healthiest and most delicious natural fats available.

Join Schenker Farms and learn how to easily create your own lard at home for pennies on the dollar and sample some delicious home cooking and take a jar home with you! You will also find out your best local sources!

WHEN
Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
WHERE
Howard's Grocery, Cafe and Catering - 1708 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64108 - View Map

Tickets Required

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Join us at the Expos!

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Join us April 2nd at JCCC and April 9th at Penn Valley Community College for the 18th Annual Eat Local + Organic Expo! Local farmers, makers and foodies converge to show you the best the area has to offer.

Do you know your farmer?

Join us at our 18th 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.

For more info, visit http://eatlocalexpokc.com

New 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!

Wilma's Good Food & the Fungal Fusion Food Truck will be at JCCC.  Plantain District will be at Penn Valley.

It’s National CSA Day!

How I found my way to my CSA

Emily Akins, Coordinator of the Kansas City Food Circle, reflects on finding her CSA & shares some things that she learned through the process. 

Last year was my 10th season with my Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) with Fair Share Farm in Kearney, MO. I've been reminiscing lately - especially now that my weekly farm fresh veggies are a well-entrenched way of life for me. How did I first get started with my CSA?

It was 10 years ago when I signed up as a Fair Share member, at which time Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle had not even been published yet, much less had I read them. I hadn't heard of the 100-mile diet; I hadn't learned that most food in the industrial food chain comes from 1,500 miles away. Locavore didn't become the New Oxford American Dictionary's word of the year until 2007. "Food, Inc." didn't come out until 2008.

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In 2005, my friend and co-worker, Heather, had invited some farmers to the EcoTeam at work, a resource group focused on sustainability. These farmers - Tom Ruggieri and Rebecca Graff of Fair Share Farm - had a lot of interesting and thought-provoking things to say, the specifics of which I can't quite remember now. What I do remember is that the idea of getting food directly from a farm nearby sounded quaint, wholesome, and delicious. And maybe it was a little old fashioned sounding too (and I am just enough of a romantic to feel nostalgia for a time I have never known).

Heather and I were both interested in the CSA and perhaps a little daunted by the notion of subscribing. So we decided to go in together and to share a "full share" - that is, a subscription to a larger portion of fresh vegetables to be picked up each week from May to October. Over the course of that first year, we split the share half and half, which made it easier for us to get into the swing of things. When it came time to sign up for the next year, we were both hooked on the idea of CSA. We each signed up separately for our own smaller "partial share" now that we were both confident about making the commitment.

3183616727_c4a510e6a6_bI have learned a lot and enjoyed food so much in the years since that first season. And I inadvertently became much healthier; I hadn't set out to eat more whole foods, but joining the CSA encouraged me to do so.

It is a big shift in the way you eat, especially if you (like all of us in the modern industrial food era) are accustomed to eating food that comes in a box or a can and that will sit happily on your shelf until you are ready to eat it and that will give you exact instructions on the side of the packaging for how to prepare it.

With each share of my CSA, it is our farmers providing instructions, not a label. This is the beauty of the CSA model; I know the people who grow my food. They have taught me how to store, prepare, and even preserve all the interesting and delicious produce that comes to me fresh from their farm each Wednesday. I can even visit the farm and see with my own eyes where my food comes from. Best of all they have provided me with confidence; I know the farm and the farmers where my food is grown. I know that their sustainable farming practices both enrich the earth and make for delicious, fresh produce that I get to eat every week.

The CSA model is also great for the farmers. Since I pay for the subscription before the season is half way over, the farmers get the capital they need early on so that they have enough to grow all the food for the CSA. They also have the assurance that the food they grow will be eaten by their committed members.Being a member means that I share with my farmers in the ups and downs of sustainable farming in the midwest, which means that sometimes crops struggle but other times they flourish and I get to reap the rewards.

Over the course of my membership, I have revisited favorite vegetables and old beloved recipes (like okra, which I love, or the Strawberry Dumplings of my childhood), and I have explored and come to love new foods, as well (the spaceship-like kohlrabi which is delicious and versatile or kale, the "valedictorian of vegetables"). I have also changed my mind along the way. I used to say I didn't like tomatoes; but after joining the CSA and eating the freshest and most interesting tomatoes I'd ever seen, I realized - I just didn't like bland, plastic-y, flavorless tomatoes at the grocery store. It turns out I love a good heirloom tomato!DSCN1057

Now that I have been eating with the seasons for so many seasons I can barely remember what it was like before my weekly CSA veggies. Lettuce heads so colorful, curly, and flavorful; an abundance of the freshest of healthy foods like spinach and sweet potatoes; tomatoes that were still on the vine only hours before they came to me; pungent herbs and fresh berries - I truly can't imagine my culinary life any other way than this.

 

WANT TO JOIN A CSA?

The KC Food Circle has a variety of farms that offer CSAs. Visit our website to browse our CSA farms and contact the farmers directly if you have questions. Take a moment to find the CSA that's just right for you.

Look for a CSA that has a drop off or delivery point that is close to where you live or work. 

Most offer different share sizes and prices. Some CSAs offer fruit and vegetables, some offer meat and eggs as well. Others are meat only or mushrooms only.  Email us if you need any assistance.

Tea Cupping with Hugo Tea

Join Hugo Tea and The Kansas City Food Circle for an afternoon of tea!

Zach, from Hugo Tea will guide us through the basics and demo international cupping procedures. We will also sample all 8 of Hugo's teas and cup the tea ourselves.

WHEN
WHERE
Hugo Tea - 1007 Swift Street North Kansas City, MO 64116 -

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Hey Carnivores! Time to stock up!

Did you know that "eating seasonally" refers to pasture raised meat as well as vegetables?  It's true!  Fall and early winter means a bounty of meaty goodness for you.  Right now our farmers'  freezers are full of roasts, burgers, and chops just waiting to go home and jump in your crockpot.  All of our farmers avoid growth hormones and antibiotics, and raise their animals outdoors the way nature intended.   You can buy the whole animal, half, or even in the individual cuts, depending on the farmer. Visit these links below to find a farmer near you.  Most farmers will happily arrange a meet up point if you can't make it to their farm.

Beef

Pork

Lamb

Chicken and Turkey

New Year’s Resolution Special Offer

Do you have a resolution for 2016 to eat really good food? 
While most resolutions are about bettering yourself through deprivation, this one is all about playing with your food, gratification, taste, and health! The best part? You can bring a friend along along on journey of taste!
Your Kansas City Food Circle Eater membership will include invitations to pop-up dinners, farm tours, happy hours, fun-with-food workshops and farm to table events. Get two individual memberships for $50 (a $10 discount.)
You will also have access to members only forums that will help guide you through the season and introduce you to member farmers and restaurants throughout the area. We give our Eater members the true local, organic, and free-range farm connection experience.
So join us today, and bring a friend!

KCFC Holiday Gift Guide

Would you like some ideas for unique and delicious gifts to give to the food fanatic in your life? Let us help! You can find something to surprise and delight your loved ones while also supporting local farmers, artisans and businesses - these are gifts we can all feel good about! #eatlocalkc



 

KC Food Circle Membership - 2016

Give the gift of KCFC Membership - it's the ticket to fun with good food in the new year. Our members enjoy farm-to-table dinners, discounts on classes and workshops, unique pop up events that feature local, organic food from our member farmers - oh, and farm tours, too! This is the gift that keeps giving all year long and provides your friends and family with a chance to learn about and enjoy local, organic, and free-range food.

 


BADSEED Holiday Fiesta Farmers Market - December 18

1909 McGee St, KCMO 64109 • 4:00-9:00 pm

Party with your favorite farmers at Badseed's holiday market fiesta! "Holiday Cheer" will include (on the house) Irish Whiskey and freshly whipped organic cream - perfect for spiking your locally roasted coffee from Red Headed Philosopher & Cafe Noble! The annual FARM BASKET RAFFLE will take place promptly at 6 PM. The winner receives a mouth-watering Farm Basket full of goodies from ALL the vendors including meats, cheese, eggs, organic produce, rustic bread, baked goods, and more.

Featured Products: Grass-Fed Beef & Lamb, All-Natural Pork, Free-Range Eggs, Gourmet Mushrooms, Artisan Sheep's Milk Cheese, Aged Goat & Cow's Milk Cheese, Rustic Breads, Wholesome Baked Goods, Winter Vegetables & Roots, Sweet Potatoes, Mean Greens, Jams & Jellies, Freshly-Milled Flour, Missouri Pecans & Black Walnuts, Micro-roasted Coffee, Luscious Soaps & Body Products, Hand-made Crafts and more.

Cultivate KC will be on hand selling their new, limited edition Charlie Hustle t-shirts, too; those would make a great gift as well! You can also buy them online here.


Special Offers from KCFC Member Farmers

Green Dirt Farm is offering Cheese of the Season subscriptions - Give the Gift of the Seasons with Four Shipments of Local Cheese all year long. 15% discount until Dec 31 - code available via Facebook.

Schenker Family Farms offers delicious meats, jams, and salsas all year long - and unique gift bundles as well - Summer Sausage Snack Box or the Nature’s Kiss Gift Box (vegetarian).


From Our Featured Retailers

Heirloom Bakery & Hearth 

401 E 63rd St, KCMO 64113 • 816-492-7259 • www.heirloomkc.com

The holidays are in full swing at Heirloom where all of their baked goods are made fresh daily, using local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. They have a holiday menu online and will be open right up until Christmas Eve morning. They have all the goodies you need for gifts, parties and dinners. 

 

Local Pig

2618 Guinotte Ave, KCMO 64120 • 816-200-1639 • www.thelocalpig.com

In addition to the full array of local and free-range meats, Local Pig also offers great gift ideas including t-shirts, honey, butter, other accompaniments as well as classes like Whole Hog Butchering, Sausage Making, etc. Purchase gift certificates online at www.thelocalpig.com.

 

The Sundry

1706 Baltimore Ave, KCMO 64108 • 816-527-0459 • www.thesundry.com

The Sundry Market & Kitchen is a neighborhood market with a restaurant quality kitchen that offers a complete selection of grocery essentials including high-quality produce and meats grown by local farmers, handcrafted items made in-house, and many other unique, made in Kansas City products. Here you can get food for your feast as well as treats for gift giving. Ask them about their custom gift baskets! PS: Their cheese making class on Dec 20 would make a great gift! 

In fact, here’s a fantastic list of cheese-themed gifts - this holiday go beyond the store-bought cheese basket and give a gift of local sheep cheese, a cheese-making class or a how-to book to make your own. From our friends at Greenability


Our Restaurants

A great gift idea is a gift certificate to one of the amazing local restaurants that sources from our farmers. Check out our full list here. And don't forget - Affäre will be open on Christmas Day and the Eden Alley cookbook would make a great gift, too!