Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The annual Tomato Days Plant Sale at Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) starts this week with thousands of tomato, vegetable and herb plants cultivated in its onsite greenhouse.
The KCCG warm-season plant sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29 through Saturday, May 1 at 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, MO. The first day is reserved for low-income members.
“Interest in gardening has skyrocketed over the last year – driven in large part by the pandemic,” said Jennifer Fink, KCCG director of development. “Last year, more than 37,000 households enjoyed food from a KCCG-supported garden or orchard. Already in 2021, our home garden membership has grown by 42 percent.”
Plants for sale include 17 varieties of tomatoes, 14 varieties of peppers, eggplant and herbs including basil, chives, parsley, sorrel, oregano, rosemary, summer savory and thyme. All seed and plant varieties are specially selected to thrive in Kansas City’s climate. Annually, KCCG provides nearly 50,000 seed packets (from arugula to watermelon) and 140,000 greenhouse-grown seedlings to its members.
An annual KCCG membership is required to purchase plants. Memberships range from $2-$25 depending on income. To serve those who financially depend on their gardens the most for food, all sales on Thursday, April 29 are reserved for low-income members (household income of $41,000 or less for a family of 4).
On a typical year, customers line up around the block to purchase their favorite varieties. This year, KCCG is taking extra steps to make sure that gardeners can safely purchase plants and seeds during the coronavirus pandemic. Shoppers are asked to approach KCCG from the south off Gregory Boulevard and form a line along Kensington. Staff will greet customers with an order form that can be completed while waiting in line. To speed up the process, you can download and complete order forms for plants and seeds in advance.
KCCG is a non-profit organization that helps more than 37,000 households in Kansas and Missouri grow more than one million pounds of food each year. Annually, it serves more than 2,500 households who garden in their backyard and supports a city-wide network of 670 community garden and orchard sites.