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Feast on locally grown food this holiday season

Thanksgiving is the official start of holiday celebrations that are full of food and family get-togethers. This holiday season, start a new tradition by sourcing food from local farmers for your holiday feasts.

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.


Brookside Farmers’ Market 

Saturday, November 18

Research Medical Center – Brookside Campus

6675 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO

Use Health Pavilion Parking Lot B on Holmes


KC Foodie Festival 

Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

iWerx, 1520 Clay St., North Kansas City

Tickets: $5 in advance $10 at the door


Lawrence Farmers Market 

Saturday, November 18, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

824 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS


Lawrence Holiday Bazaar

Sunday, November 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lawrence Community Building

115 W. 11th St., Lawrence, KS

Local farmers and artisans


Overland Park Holiday Farmers Market 

Saturday, December 2, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Matt Ross Community Center

8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS


The City Market 

Year-round, Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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



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