Where’s Waldo…Farmers Market? The neighborhood missed you last year!
Fortunately the Waldo Farmers Market is back for the 2019 season in a new location, opening this Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 3pm.
I recently talked with Tom Richardson, the new Market Manager (a volunteer position, thank you Tom!) about what to expect this year. Tom reports many vendors will be returning this season (Pink Pony Farms, GF+1, Seven Swans Creperie among others) and hopes to have new products and food offerings join the market. What you see at Waldo Farmers Market is grown within 100-150 miles of our city and meets KCMO health department requirements. All vendors complete an application (still time to apply for space!); food trucks are also welcome. For opening night, a few special events are planned: the first 15 people will get a reusable Waldo Market bag and Waldo resident Erin Eades will provide musical entertainment.
The new location, at 7850 Holmes in the parking lot of the South Broadland
Presbyterian Church, will provide more space for farmers and shoppers with a
larger parking area—plus regular visitors from parents and caregivers picking up
their children from the popular summer camp program at the church. Hours are
3-7, and the market will be open every Wednesday through September 25.
Please support our Waldo Farmers Market! Just about every week there is
something different to buy –you’ll be inspired by all of the fresh produce, baked
goods and other surprise finds! Bring the kids, bags for your goodies and
chat up the vendors—they love talking about what’s out on the tables.
Tom is working on a website for the market; in the meantime, find them on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/waldofarmersmarket. You can message Tom
through their FB page as well for an application or more information.
Summertime and fresh produce from the area farmers’ markets–just can’t beat the taste of freshly picked berries, tomatoes, herbs and veggies. Fortunately we have two farmers’ markets in the neighborhood so you can stock up twice a week!
The Brookside Farmers Market is open each Saturday at 63rd and Wornall Road. This market features local (less than 100 miles away) vendors that sell ‘organic and non-GMO food’. Besides fresh produce, you’ll find eggs, meat, herbs, flowers, baked goods and homemade items like soaps and crafts. Hours are 8am-1pm on Saturdays.
The Waldo Farmers Market is also open for the season at 303 W 79th St, just east of 79th and Wornall next to Habitat ReStore. Although smaller than the Brookside market, it offers a great selection of ‘local, certified organic and non-certified sustainably produced’ products, ranging from vegetables and herbs to snacks and ice cream. Offerings can change weekly. This market is open every Wednesday from 3-7pm–which is so convenient if you need inspiration for a quick weeknight dinner!
Remember to bring a bag to the market to tote your goodies back home, plus cash in small bills, and watch for pedestrians while parking. Thank you for supporting area farmers and merchants!
Since I wrote earlier this week about my visit to the Brookside Farmers Market last Saturday, I thought it was fair to visit the Waldo Farmers Market as well. This is peak time for fresh, seasonal fruit and produce, and Brookside/Waldo residents are fortunate to have two markets to visit every week!
The Waldo Farmers Market is smaller, but offers similar vendors that grow USDA Certified organic produce. I saw all the usual vegetables: kale, lettuces, beans, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, corn. There were also fresh blackberries and beautiful, ripe peaches! Prices were similar to the Brookside Farmers Market.
A few items available here that I didn’t see at the Brookside market: Mean Vegan ice cream, all natural dog treats and home made soap.
The Waldo Farmers Market is conveniently located at 303 W 79th St, next to Habitat ReStore, and is open every Wednesday from 3-7pm.
Mother Nature and our local farmers are preparing for another spring and summer full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I’m getting hungry just writing about it! The Brookside Farmers’ Market focuses on organic produce, dairy and meats, as well as homemade baked goods, with some crafts, soaps,and other items for sale. The atmosphere is family friendly, festive and often features live music. The market opens at 8am on Saturday April 16, at 63rd St and Wornall Road.
The Waldo’s Farmer’s Market at 303 W 79th St , now in it’s sixth year, will open May 4 from 3-7pm. Here you will find fresh veggies, herbs, baked goods, ice cream, nuts and many other interesting locally produced items for sale. Both market accept SNAP dollars.
Remember to bring bags to carry your purchases!
As we get into the warmer weather, the calendar fills up with happenings in the Brookside/Waldo area! I’ve listed the upcoming major events here for reference:
Brookside Farmers’ Market
Opening day this year is April 20, 8:00am-1:00pm at 63rd and Wornall, Border Star School. The market is open every Saturday.
Waldo Farmers Market
Opening day is May 1, 3:00pm-7:00pm on 79th St, one block east of Wornall next to Habitat ReStore. This market is open every Wednesday.
25th Annual Trolley Run
April 28 at 7:45am, starts 75th and Wornall and ends on the Plaza. Major Brookside roads will be closed that morning north to the Plaza; expect traffic delays.
Brookside Art Fair
May 3-5, hours vary each day, at Brookside Blvd and 63rd St. Please, no rain!
I’ll write more details about each activity in upcoming blogs. I am especially looking forward to the opening of the farmers markets! Thank you for supporting our neighborhood Brookside/Waldo events.
I checked out the Waldo Farmer’s Market yesterday for the first time–and I’ll be back! It’s small, five or six stands, but already very popular with area residents. It’s located in the shady grassy area next to the Habitat ReStore on 79th St just east off Wornall. Every Wednesday, 3-7pm–stop by and you can sign up for a weekly email of what will be for sale that week.
This week’s produce included plenty of cabbage, garlic, leeks, kale, squash, some blueberries, potatoes, fresh herbs and peppers. I was looking for big ripe tomatoes–too early I think. Farm to Market had a booth full of fresh breads, another booth offered body care products and…my favorite….Fresher than Fresh snow cones!
This trailer is always at First Fridays with long lines of customers–here there was no line and an eclectic menu of the fresh fruit flavored pairings with a twist. I love the pineapple serrano; yesterday there was a new flavor of blood orange. It’s worth a stop just for the snow cone, even if you don’t need produce!
Remember to stop into Habitat ReStore after your market shopping. Or, bring something to ReStore to donate the next time you visit the Waldo Farmer’s Market.
Stony Crest Urban Farm is sponsoring a weekly farmer’s market at Habitat ReStore, 303 W 79th St.
It starts Wednesday May 4, and continues every Wednesday August 31, 2011, from 3-7pm.
Stop by and check it out–I plan to and will report back on the blog.