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Celebrate July 4th the Local, Organic Way

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 4.34.11 PMGet ready to celebrate your Fourth of July holiday the local, organic, and free-range way! Stop by our favorite farmers markets and retailers this week to get delicious goods from #kcfcmember farmers. And check out a Fourth of July celebration at one of our member farms!

Our list of ALL area Farmers Markets is HERE. And our list of Featured Organic Farmers Markets is HERE. You can shop the Waldo market on Wednesday, 3:00-7:00. There are two markets on Friday: Ivanhoe (3700 Woodland) from 5:00-7:00 and Badseed (19th and McGee) from 4:00-9:00. There are also two markets on Saturday: KC Organics and Natural Market at Minor Park is from 8:00-12:30; Brookside Farmers Market (63rd and Wornall) runs from 8:00-1:00.

11411736_998685796817223_3251952550466598482_oNote: Brookside is offering a special customer appreciation drawing to show gratitude for your continued support of their local farmers! With each purchase you make on Saturday you can get your name entered into a drawing for a fair trade basket filled with $100 of goodies from the farmers and vendors. There will be two baskets raffled off. Stop by and buy for your chance to win! 

There are several grocery stores and shops around town where you can find some local, organic goods. Look for the names of your favorite #KCFCMember farmers at our Featured Retailers as well as other fine grocery stores around town. And don't forget to preorder your baked goods from Heirloom Bakery and Hearth in Brookside - they'll be closing early on Saturday the 4th, but will have lots of delicious local and organic treats for your festivities. Click HERE for their Fourth of July Menu.

Our #KCFCMember Cobinesteinz Farm in Bucyrus, Kansas will be hosting a Fourth of July party on their farm! Come see the farm and enjoy an evening with friends and a spectacular fireworks show. The event starts at 4:00. For more details click HERE.

Last but not least, here are some great summertime recipes, too!

- Red, White and Blue Veggie kabob - http://foodandfam.com/red-white-blue-veggie-kabobs/

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and share pictures of your local, organic, and free-range Independence Day feast with the hashtag #eatlocalkc.

Have a safe, happy, and delicious holiday weekend!

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This Weekend! Maker Faire and Urban Grown Farms and Gardens Tour

Our fabulous KCFC Member Farmers will be participating in two big events this weekend! Won't you come on out and join the fun? We'd love to see you!

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Maker Faire KC - June 27, 28

The 5th Annual Maker Faire is back at Union Station this weekend! Several of our farmers will be on hand - we've got some genuine makers in our midst! There will be a soap demo, info on worm composting, aquaponics, and seed-saving, and a virtual beehive!

Our KC Food Circle tent will feature a couple of our sponsors, markets, and partners - Harvesters, Wood & Salt, Seed Savers KC, Bread of Life, Waldo Farmers Market and Brookside Farmers Market - and a whole bunch of our KCFC Member Farmers, including Buds and Berries (Wisely Farms), Adams Osage Ridge, Antioch Urban Growers, Black Dogs Farm, Homestead Hill, Maries Alpaca Acres, Smoky Hills, Borgmans Dairy, Fruitful Hills, Stony Crest Urban Farm, Small Barn Farm, and Pearly Gates. Old Wood Farm (Antique Woods) will also be in attendance at Maker Faire.

Come make • create • craft • build & play with us! The Faire is 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. Details at MakerFairekc.com.

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Urban Grown Farms and Gardens Tour - June 27, 28

Cultivate KC has prepared another amazing roster of urban farms and gardens to tour for this year's Urban Grown event! We're proud to have 6 of our folks on the list!

As you're planning your Urban Grown self-guided tour, be sure to stop by and see our KCFC Member Farmers!

  • City Bitty Farm - 9615 Grandview Road, KCMO 64137
  • Gibbs Road Farm- 4223 Gibbs Road, KCK 66106
  • Juniper Gardens Training Farm (New Roots for Refugees) - 100 Richmond Avenue, KCK 66101
  • Niles Garden (one of our Featured Organic Farmers Markets!) - 1911 E 23rd Street, KCMO 64127
  • Urban Farming Guys - 1121 Myrtle Avenue, KCMO 64127
  • Urbavore Urban Farm - 5500 Bennington Avenue, KCMO 64129

Like our friends at Cultivate KC say, Urban Grown is much more than a tour. It's a celebration of the good food growing in our city! And it's an amazing and fun way to get to know the folks who grow your food. Come see for yourself! The Tour is 9-4 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. Details at CultivateKC.org.

Note: KCFC Eater Members get discounted tickets! Single tickets are regularly $8 but you can get a $3 KCFC Member Discount. Email membership@kcfoodcircle.org to get your discount code.

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CSA POINTERS and IDEAS

This is an excerpt of an article called "Sharing: How I Found My Way to CSA" by Emily Akins, originally published in Edible KC

 

Community Supported Agriculture - or CSA - is a wonderful way to eat with the seasons and to get to know the people who grow your food. And even though we know that eating locally is rewarding, we also know that sometimes it takes a shift in both mindset and methods. Here are a few ideas to make life as a locavore much simpler.

  • Get the tools you need to process your food. One of the things that makes processed food so easy is that it’s ready to cook and eat. CSA vegetables have to be chopped and prepped. Some things shouldn’t be washed or chopped until you’re ready to eat, like tomatoes, for instance, but many vegetables and greens can be washed and chopped in advance so they will be ready when you are. Take one night a week to prep veggies so they are ready to use. I use a salad spinner, a lot of storage containers for the fridge, a good sharp knife, and a mandoline.
  • Use seasonal recipes and cookbooks. Websites and cookbooks that are focused on local food are helpful, especially if they are organized by vegetable. Particularly helpful are local cookbooks featuring the produce I get in my CSA. Examples: “Rolling Prairie Cookbook” and the University of Missouri extension program’s “Seasonal and Simple” cookbook and website http://seasonalandsimple. info. CSA farmers always have good recipes many of which incorporate several ingredients from each share into one meal.
  • Create a “reverse grocery list.” One of the nice things about food from a CSA is that it’s fresh. But, fresh also means it’s not shelf stable. Hardier greens, veggies, and peppers will last a week or two; tomatoes, peas, beans and berries need to be eaten sooner, etc. Create a prioritized list of all share items based on how long they stay fresh and what needs to be eaten first. Use this to plan meals based on what you need to use. I call this the “reverse grocery list” because it tells me the things I already have – not the things I need to buy.
  • Have the right staples on hand and be flexible. I have learned that I can turn almost any assortment of CSA vegetables and herbs into either a stir-fry or pasta. If you have on hand the right sauces (or better yet – make your own and preserve them!) and the right grains (whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, noodles etc.), you will find it easy to whip together a hearty meal using a colorful, eat-the-rainbow assortment of whatever CSA vegetables happened to be harvested that week.

WANT TO JOIN A CSA?

If you are interested in finding a CSA that is right for you, email csa@kcfoodcircle.org.