Celebrate this Thanksgiving with locally grown food and drinks. Here are some quick resources to find farmers, markets and wineries near you.
Bringing locally raised or grown food to the table during the season is not only healthier for you, but also supports local farmers, restaurants, bakeries, wineries and more. Plus, compared to store-bought food, local farmers are less likely to use synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and preservatives, which means more organic and healthier options.
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 foods nationwide. 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. For local beverages, search Missouri Wines or sample local wine at upcoming events like Sip & Shop from Noon – 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 at KC Wine Co. Vineyard & Winery’s The Cidery, 13875 S. Gardner, Road, Olathe, KS.
In the Kansas City/Lawrence area, here are some holiday farmers markets that have local meat, produce, dairy, eggs and alcoholic beverage.
Local Farmers’ Markets
Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m. – Noon
HJs Community Center, 6425 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
Year-round Farmer’s Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO
Saturday, November 19, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
824 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS
Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS
Saturday, November 19, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Overland Park, KS
Photo: Brookside Farmers’ Market