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Cook up a locally grown Thanksgiving feast

Kick off the holiday season with a celebration that puts locally grown food at the center of your table. Here are quick resources for finding local farmers, markets, wineries and more 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.

If you’re looking for local beverages, check out craft brews near you at Craft Beer and find nearby wineries at Wine-Searcher or Woman Owned Wineries.

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 on Saturday, November 20 and Grinch Meet & Greet on Sunday, November 21 at KC Wine Co., 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 beverages available during the winter.

Local Farmers’ Markets

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


Lawrence Farmers Market

Saturday, November 20, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.

824 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS


Lenexa Farmers Market

Saturday, November 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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


Overland Park Farmers Market

Saturday, November 20, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

7950 Marty

Overland Park, KS


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