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Celebrate the holidays with a locally grown feast

By Christine Hill

This holiday season, start a new and meaningful tradition by preparing a holiday feast sourced from local farmers.

Thanksgiving is the official beginning of holiday celebrations that are full of food, family and a warm sense of community bonding. Bringing at least one locally raised or grown food to the table during the season helps the Kansas City metro 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.

“Of all the meals of the year, the Thanksgiving meal in particular deserves our greatest empathy and consideration for the plants and animals that adorn the table,” said Brooke Salvaggio, local farmer and organizer of BADSEED Farmers Market. “It is a delicious opportunity to celebrate the Earth’s integrity and the gastronomic awesomeness of the final harvest.”

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

To get you started on finding local sources, here are some holiday events, farmers markets and farms that have meat, produce, dairy and eggs available during the winter.

Local Food Holiday Events

BADSEED Farmers Market, 1909 McGee St., Kansas City, MO

Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers Market, November 20, 4 – 9 p.m.

BADSEED Holiday Farmers Market, December 18, 4- 9 p.m.

Heritage pork, pastured poultry, grass-fed beef, fresh chestnuts, pecans, black walnuts, artisan cheese, hearth breads, sweet potatoes, turnips, mushrooms and free-range eggs.


Brookside Farmers’ Market, 63rd and Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO

November 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Organic and local vegetables, herbs, homemade products and meats


Overland Park Farmers Market

Overland Park Farmers’ Market, 7950 Marty St., Overland Park, KS – November 21, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holiday Market, Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS – December 5, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Vendors will sell produce, food and crafts


Holiday Farmers Market, Lawrence Holidome, McDonald Dr. & 2nd St., Lawrence KS

December 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Local farmers and artisans


Winter Farmers Markets

BADSEED Winter Market, 1909 McGee St., Kansas City, MO

December 4 – February 26, 4 – 9 p.m.


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

November – February; Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. & Sundays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., year-round


More Local Food Sources

Door to Door Organics

Local organic food delivered to your door

Fahrmeier Farms

Local and seasonal produce

Golden Ridge Farms, Osawatomie, KS

Pecans, jellies and jams

Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO

Sheep cheese and yogurt

Local Pig, 2618 Guinotte Ave., Kansas City, MO

Heritage pork, sausage, chicken, lamb, duck and beef

Manifest Chocolates, Kansas City, MO

Handcrafted raw, vegan chocolates

Paradise Locker Meats, Trimble, MO

Beef, pork, sausage and poultry

Schenker Family Farms

Beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage

The Sundry

Pre-order local brined turkey, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, stuffing, pumpkin pie and more. The market carries local produce, meats, spirits, cookware and seasonal teas and cider.



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