Are You Ready For Some Down-Home Cookin?
KC’s top culinary experts shop at area farmers’ markets to achieve that farm-to-table freshness, and so can you! Turn your kitchen into a five-star restaurant with these local recipes.
Story by Alex Sher
Summer weekends are the best time to take a trip to the farmers’ market to peruse the area’s freshest produce and sample tasty treats. To help you get the most out of your experience, we visited with three of KC’s top farmers’ markets to discover what makes each one special. And, as an added bonus, they shared some of their favorite recipes using locally sourced fruits and veggies.
The City Market
Foodies and casual cookers alike venture to KC’s largest farmer’s market, The City Market, for its unique mix of baked goods, fresh produce and gift items. The market has provided locally grown fruits and vegetables since 1857 and is now open seven days a week, year round. According to Meghan Buum, marketing and events manager for the City Market, its top-sellers are tomatoes, corn and peaches.
“Our market master, Deb Connors, visits each and every one of our farmers throughout the season,” Buum says. “She checks to make sure farmers’ are growing their own produce and using safe growing practices. It is our way of ensuring that patrons only get the highest-quality items when they visit our farmers’ market.”
Farm-To-Table Fresh Corn Salad
- 5 ears of corn, shucked
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
In a large pot of boiling water, cook corn for 3 minutes.
Drain and immerse corn in ice water to stop the cooking process and set the color.
When corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob.
Toss kernels in a large bowl with onions, vinegar, oil, and spices.
Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil.
Serve cold or at room temperature.
Overland Park Farmers’ Market
The Overland Park Farmers’ Market brings together the entire community of Overland Park to celebrate delicious and healthy produce. More than 70 local vendors sell everything from soap to eggs to pasta. Visit opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/farmers-market/ to see a complete schedule of the market, recipes for fresh produce and more.
Farm-To-Table Fresh Blackberry Pie
- 1 ¼ Cup Shortening
- 3 Cups Flour
- Cut together
- 1 Egg
- 5 ½ Tbs. Cold Water
- 1 tsp. Vinegar
Combine in a bowl and pour over flour and shortening mixture.
Work together with hand into dough. Divide and roll out bottom crust, place in pie pan.
- 1 to 1 ½ Quart Blackberries
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tbs. Flour
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
Put fresh blackberries into pie crust and mix other ingredients, pour on top of berries.
Roll out top crust and place on pie, pinching sides together.
Bake at 350 degrees one hour or until the middle is bubbly.
KC Organics and Natural Market
One of the city’s most unique markets, KC Organics is not only located inside of a park (Minor Park, just east of Holmes), it only sells organic and local produce. Health nuts love KC Organics for its fresh goods, and families love it for its friendly atmosphere. It hosts one of the city’s largest and most festive holiday marts in December in Notre Dame de Sion High School. Heirloom tomatoes are the top seller during the warmer months.
- 6 or 7 diced heirloom tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 7 chopped basil leaves
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup feta cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all of the ingredients together and enjoy on bread or chicken.