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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Scenes from the Farmer's Market

Monday, August 13, 2012

I want to apologize for having not replied to all of your comments here or visited all of your blogs recently.  I've just spent a couple of days with a fever that went as high as 102.8 and, while it has finally broken, I am now just absolutely exhausted.

I hope to be back in the saddle after some much needed rest today and, in the meantime, I thought I would leave you with some pictures that I took while J. and I were at the City Market (farmer's market) on Saturday morning.

This is what you see when you arrive.  There are three large covered pavilions in the back where are all the farmer are.  Out front are street vendors sellling all kinds of wares like art, jewelry, etc.  We stopped to tip a fiddler that was playing for everyone before we went inside.

There are lots of Amish folks at the market and they sell the best baked breads known to man.  I couldn't resist snapping this picture of a wagon completely full of sweet corn.  I didn't realize until now that I had captured one of the Amish women looking at me rather suspiciously. See her on the left?

Within the open air pavilions, there are vendors on both sides selling fresh farm-to-market goods.  J. and I were on the hunt for Cherokee Purple tomatoes since ours did so poorly this year.  We found only two people selling them.  But we did find someone with the biggest carrots I've ever seen in my life.

On the back side of the pavilions, there are permanent market stands.  Much of this produce is not grown locally and not guaranteed to be organic, so we didn't stop there.  I love the colorful umbrellas against the Kansas City skyline, though.  And I think I should get double points for capturing a mullet in action (the guy in the white hat.)

I sell my eggs for $2.00 a dozen.  I think I need to up my prices!

Well, I hope you enjoyed our tour of the City Market.  If you're in the Kansas City area, you should check it out.  You can find out more on their Facebook page or website.   Buy local!


  1. It all looks wonderful!

    Would love to visit
    but did think their eggs were a bit
    I would buy yours!!!

    Happy Monday


    1. LOL. Thanks, Fiona! There weren't many people selling eggs, but this gentleman was actually the cheapest there. I saw someone charging $4.00 a dozen. Seems expensive, but have you seen the price of organic eggs in the supermarket?!

  2. Would love to have this near me. Looks wonderful!

    Note: Here in the south there are still many mullets to be found.

    1. That's why I love the south, DFW. You guys are not afraid to let it all hang out. :-) Seriously, I'm from a small town in Missouri, so I'm no stranger to mullets. Don't scare me one bit...

  3. I'm sorry to hear that you have been so sick :( But I'm glad that you are on the mend!

    Take it easy until you are fully recovered. Thanks for sharing the photos! I haven't stopped at a farmers market all summer. It seems I have trouble taking care of my own produce fast enough :)

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Lisa Lynn. I am feeling SOOOO much better now and getting back in the proverbial saddle. I'm glad to hear that your having trouble keeping up, only because that means your garden is doing great.

  4. I hope you are better when you read this, S.... and I think they are Mennonite, not Amish... the Amish don't drive, but depend on their English neighbors to drive them. We've quit going downtown, parking is too much of a hassle, and are patronizing the smaller markets around us. I miss Habashi House, though!

    1. Thank you, Mary Ann. You're absolutely right and I just realized that I'm guilty of lumping everyone in as Amish (which I think alot of people do). So I appreciate you setting me straight. If you get a chance, you should do a post about some of the other smaller markets out your way. I'm not aware of them, so would love to visit and see what they're like.


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