We Love Moms!

Spring is here (at last!) which means, Mother's Day is right around the corner.

You could get a sweet "Mom" tattoo to show her your devotion. OR, consider our Two for $50 KC Food Circle membership deal. Which means you can get yourself a KCFC membership and get your mom her own KCFC membership.* We will even send Mom a beautiful card for you featuring photography of local food and farms in Kansas City! All you have to do is to pick one of the fantastic and sustainable restaurants on our Eat Local and Organic Dining Card and take Mom out for brunch on her big day.

*Already have a KCFC membership for 2015? No problem! You can still buy one for Mom with the discounted rate.

KCFC Membership makes a great gift! Your loved one will get the Eat Local and Organic Dining Card plus invitations to events, farm to table dinners, special members-only events and a special card to celebrate the day.

Now you can celebrate the Moms in your life the local, organic way! And if you still want to get some ink, who are we to judge?

It’s Expo Season!

Is this your first time to the Eat Local & Organic Expos? Let us help answer some of your questions! We can't wait for you to join us at these big events!


Why should I go to the Expo? 

Because you eat. Whether you are just learning about local food or are a long-time member of the organic movement, the Expos have something just for you. You'll have the chance to buy delicious food directly from the local farmers who work hard to grow food for Kansas City. You will also have access to a wealth of resources and knowledge about local, organic food and sustainable practices.

 

What is "the Expo?"

The Expos are like giant, indoor farmers markets; one is March 28 and one is April 11.

 

 

What can I buy?

Local, organic, free-range fare! Early spring vegetables and herbs, eggs, meat, cheese, bread, honey, a few other goodies like jams and soap - maybe even a handmade wooden spoon!

 

Who will be there?

Farmers! And they would love to meet you!

 

Should I go to one expo or both?

Either! You can stock up at the first event but then you'll want to replenish your stock of fresh greens so come on back to the second one!

 

Can I bring my kids?

Yes! In fact, this year's workshop is geared for kids of all ages. The "Little Sprouts" workshop is a great way to teach kids about nature. From 10-10:45 at both Expos, Dayna McDaniel of SeedSavers-KC will host this introduction to seeds, pollination, fruit production and seed harvest. Kids will plant a pot of seeds to grow at home. This hands-on nature activity will give kids and parents alike the basic lessons in the magic of gardening and will give them the tools they need to get growing!

And meeting farmers is an important way to help both kids and adults learn and appreciate where their food comes from. And if you bring your kids to the KC Food Circle booth, they'll get a free sticker!

 

Should I bring my neighbor/friend/family member?

Yes! The expos are a great way to spend the day with people you like or love!

 

Can I sign up for one of those CSA things?

Yep! Talk to farmers directly and in person to get all your CSA questions answered so you can get signed up with confidence!

 

What's a CSA?

So glad you asked! It's a subscription to a farm that gets you a weekly share of fresh produce and sometimes meat, eggs, and cheese. It's a perfect way to improve your diet, support your local farm, and eat with the seasons.

 

What if I don't know how to cook the stuff I buy?

We'd love to introduce you to the Seasonal and Simple cookbook, a helpful guide and an important fundraiser for our all-volunteer non-profit organization. And a great resource for when you join that CSA you've had your eye on.

 

What else is a good source for when I join that CSA?

Farmers! They love to help you get to know where your food came from, how to store it, prepare it, preserve it, and enjoy it!

 

Should I bring a bag?

Yes. But, we'll sell you one of those too if you need it.

 

Should I bring cash? 

It's a good idea to bring cash but there are many farmers who can accept credit card payments and/or checks.

 

How much does this amazing event cost? 

It's free! Parking and admission are free! So join us! You'll be glad you did.

Keep Your Love Local & Organic!

Yes, its almost Valentine's Day!  This year, ditch the big box of candy (wait, did I just say that?!) and show your Farmers and local independent restaurants some love. Many places are already booked, but you never know, you might get lucky!

Affare: set 4 course menu $144 per couple

Blue Bird Bistro: 4 course menu

Café Gratitude: 4 course set menu $36.50 per person

Canihaveabite: 4 course menu $32.00 per person, order in advance

Eden Alley: 3 course set menu $28 per person

Justus Drugstore

Renee Kelly’s Harvest

Room 39 (both locations): 4 course meal $80 per person

Story: 5 course menu $85 per person

The Farmhouse

The Rieger

Webster House

Here We Grow! 2014 Year in Review

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For the KC Food Circle, 2014 was a year of growth as we saw an increase in eater members, farmer members, expo attendees, and coordinating committee members.

We hosted our first annual Volunteer Open House and invited new volunteers to learn more about the Food Circle. It was also a way to show existing volunteers gratitude for their hard work. About 50 people attended the Open House and we benefited greatly from the generosity of Jane Zieha at blue bird bistro who supplied the food and the location for the event.

The coordinating committee nearly doubled in size this year as we took on 8 new or returning volunteers. We have already begun to reap the rewards of a more robust planning committee and fresh perspectives. We believe that our larger committee will better enable us to serve both our member farmers and our eater constituents. We topped out at the end of 2014 with 102 farmer members (our record high) and 104 eater members.

At the 2014 Expo we were delighted to break our previous attendance record with a whopping 1,700 people in attendance at the Kansas Expo at Johnson County Community College. Not only did we see great attendance numbers and enjoy the great location at the college, we believe it also gave us a chance to form a more solid partnership with JCCC and their efforts on sustainability.

Our Missouri Expo at Penn Valley Community College brought in about 900 people making for a total of Expo attendance for 2014 a record-breaking 2600 people.

We also continue to steadily increase our fans and followers on social media with 4,750 followers on Facebook, 1,250 on Twitter, and - new this year - we have joined Instagram and have already gained 474 followers.

2014 also brought us several great fundraising partnerships. We worked closely with the organizers of the new KC metro chapter of Green Wish, an organization that funds local, green organizations through customers' small donations at local retailers. KCFC was one of the first non profits to receive funding from Green Wish KC.

In the fall we enjoyed being the beneficiaries of Kansas City's exclusive craft butchery event, Knife and Pork, hosted by Alex Pope of Local Pig and Jonathan Bender of Recommended Daily. We are also grateful to Eden Alley for supporting us with one of their fundraising weeks.

2014 brought us the support of our second volunteer graphic designer - Josh Fultz, who redesigned our ads and our trifold brochures - in addition to the continued support of our first volunteer designer, Rachel Allen, who has supported us by designing the annual Directory.

At the end of the year we launched our new website featuring a searchable database of farmers, helpful resources for farmers and eaters, and ease of use to encourage and facilitate our eater and farmer memberships. We are very grateful to Pam Hausner of BASE KC for her web development expertise and her generosity.

The best thing about the growth we've seen this year is that we are well poised to enter 2015 with lots of plans for improvement already underway. This will be a great year of eating local, organic and free-range.

First Eater Membership Event-1/16

First KCFC Member Perk - January 16, 4-8 
Badseed
1909 McGee
Eater Members can stop by to get a members-only gift. Stop and see Marisa for moreKC Food circle info! If you haven't yet renewed or joined us for the first time, now is your chance!
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New Year’s Resolution Special

Do you have a resolution for 2015 to eat really good food? 
While most resolutions are about depriving yourself, this one is all about 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 farm tours, happy hours, food preservation workshops and farm to table events.
You will also have access to members only forums that will help guide you through the season and introduce to member farmers and restaurants throughout the area. We give our Eater members the true local, organic, and free-range farm connection experience.
Don't forget about our Eat Local Dining Card!  Your ticket to great discounts at some of the best sustainably sourcing restaurants in the Kansas City Area.
So join us today, and bring a friend!

KCFC Guide to Holiday Gifts

Looking for a unique and delicious gift for the foodie or environmentalist in your life? Check out these great options for shopping locally at the holidays and all year round. You can celebrate the holidays the local, organic way!


KCFC Eat Local and Organic Dining Card - 2015 

Does the foodie in your life love to support organic farmers AND local restaurants? Sign them up as an eater member of the KC Food Circle! Give your loved one a ticket to the best food in the city - they'll get access to member-only farm to table events and tours. AND, as an eater member, your loved one will get the Eat Local and Organic Dining Card which will grant them a one-time 10% discount at 17 area restaurants that source sustainably. Click here to see the roster of participating restaurants for 2015!


KC Organics and Natural Market - The Best of the Market

Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 9 AM- 2 PM

10631 Wornall Road (1/4 mile S. of I-435) • Notre Dame de Sion High School

Huge selection of locally produced and hand made holiday gifts. Breads, pastries, vegetables, meats, jellies, honey, fair trade coffee, wreaths, cards, soaps, jewelry, gift baskets and more!

"Like" us on Facebook. KC Organics and Natural Market. Questions? 816-444-FOOD. This is a FAIR-trade event.


BADSEED "Happy Holiday" Farmers' Market Fiesta -

Friday, December 19th, 4-8 PM 

1909 McGee, KCMO, 64108 • www.badseedkc.com

Local Organic Delights for your Winter Feast!! COME PARTY WITH YOUR FAVORITE FARMERS at our 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.
Our annual FARM BASKET RAFFLE will take place promptly at 6 PM.  The winner receives a mouth-watering Farm Basket full of goodies from ALL our vendors including meats, cheese, eggs, organic produce, rustic bread, baked goods, and more.  It's our way of saying THANK YOU for your dedicated patronage!
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.

Saturday, December 20, 7:30 am - sell out
328 W. 85th Street | Kansas City, MO 64114
Those of you who shopped the Brookside Farmers Market and loved the baked goods from Heirloom Bakery & Hearth - good news! They're doing a pop-up shop at Second Best Coffee in Waldo. You can stop by and pick up something for your festivities or place a special holiday order in advance! To place an order, email with "Holiday Order" in the subject line to  Please include your name and contact number and let them know what you want from the menu on their website and in what quantity.  They will get back to you within 24 hours with a confirmation of your order.

2618 Guinotte Ave, KCMO and 510 Westport Rd, KCMO, 64111 • 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.

1706 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO • www.thesundry.com
The Sundry Market & Kitchen is a neighborhood market with a restaurant quality kitchen that offers Kansas City neighborhoods simplified, convenient access to local & artisanally crafted food. Our Market 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.

Have you tried alpaca lately?  Did you know that alpaca wool is hypoallergenic and three times warmer than sheep wool?  We offer a variety of alpaca clothing and craft products, all made in the U.S.A.  If you don't see something you are looking for email us and we can special order it for you.  For those interested in breeding and owning alpacas we also have herdsire services and alpacas available for sale.  We encourage you to "Try alpaca!" You'll love it! Hats, gloves, socks, scarves, mittens, and yarn all from local alpacas!

Open through Dec 19!
We are pleased to provide you the opportunity to purchase select jams, jellies, winter squash, garlic, raw honey, pepitas, canned jalapenos, dehydrated peppers (including Ghost and Trinidad Scorpions!), handmade wreaths and additional local food and gift items for holiday giving and winter gatherings!

Eat Local and Organic Expo – March 28, 2015- JCCC

9:00-2:00
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
The KC Food Circle’s 17th Annual Eat Local and Organic Expos will feature local, organic produce; free-range meat, eggs; seedlings; information on CSAs; free parking, free admission and a seed saving workshop.
 
For more information on our Expos click here.

Local and Organic – Not an Either/or Issue

Americans care about their food, how it is farmed and how far it travels from the farm to their plate. This has spurred the growth of organic and local sales in the marketplace. With increased national awareness and popularity comes attention from national and local press, consumer groups, government and nonprofit agencies. There are both voices of skepticism as well as applause for this consumer concern, and many ask the question: Which one is the better? Local or Organic?

The answer with all its variables can’t be straightforward. Ideally, buying local, organic food would be a strong first choice. This encourages environmentally beneficial farming practices in your own backyard while supporting your local farming community. But if that’s not an option, how do you choose? The answer does not have to be an either/or choice, and it will depend on the values and priorities used by you, the consumer, when buying your food.

Visit www.mosesorganic.org for more resources and tools, including our Organic Resource Directory and the Organic Broadcaster Newspaper. Plan to attend our annual Organic Farming Conference in February. To find upcoming events including MOSES trainings and field days visit our web calendar at: http://mosesorganic.org/events/