Thanksgiving is the official start of holiday celebrations, and even though the gatherings may be smaller this year, you can still find sources for tasty, locally grown food.

Bringing at least one locally raised or grown food to the table during the season helps your community thrive by supporting local farmers. Compared to store bought food, local farmers are less likely to use synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, which helps keep food healthy and natural.

To get you started on finding local sources, search by city on Eat Local Grown to find farms, farmers markets, restaurants and grocery/co-ops that source local food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also offers a searchable National Farmers Market Directory.

A few Kansas City organizations offer tips on easy ways to find fresh, local food. Check Kansas City Food Circle for area farmer’s markets, restaurants and community supported agriculture programs available throughout the year. The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition and Kansas City Healthy Kids offer ideas for adding local food to every meal.

In the Kansas City/Lawrence area, here are some holiday events and farmers markets that have local meat, produce, dairy, eggs and alcoholic beverages available during the winter. It’s best to check market websites for any new COVID-19 related schedule changes. Most markets require face masks and social distancing of 6 feet or more.

Local Markets & Holiday Events

Brookside Farmers’ Market

Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m. – Noon

HJs Community Center, 6425 Wornall Road

Kansas City, MO

 

City Market

Year-round Farmer’s Market

Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO

816-842-1271

 

Lawrence Farmers Market

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.

824 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS

 

Lenexa Farmers Market

Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS

 

Overland Park Farmers Market

Saturday, November 21 & Sunday, November 22, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

7950 Marty

Overland Park, KS

 

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