KC Farmers Market Passports are Available Now!

Posted on June 1, 2024 by Alicia Alferman

This growing season, you have a chance to visit your favorite farmers markets, find new gems in the KC metro area, and earn prizes at local businesses. The KC Farmers Market Passport is your guide to fresh, local food and much more! 

Cultivate KC partnered with Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council to create the KC Farmers Market Passport, which showcases 20 farmers markets and farm stands throughout the greater KC area. You’ll find information about each market’s season dates and weekly schedules, their location and social media information, as well as fun facts and a handy guide to each market’s amenities like parking availability, seasonal events, and entertainment for kids and adults alike. 

Passport holders collect stamps at each of the participating farmers markets and farm stands they visit, and once they’ve collected at least five stamps they become eligible for discounts at four local businesses. 

The aim of the passport initiative is to connect more of the community to local food producers both big and small, and to celebrate the contributions of those food producers in Kansas City.  

The passport was launched on Friday, June 3, at an Urban Farming Expo sponsored by the KCMO Health Department and hosted by Kansas City Community Gardens. With over 70 people in attendance, community leaders and elected officials spoke about the impact of local food in the economy and the value of community-led efforts to raise awareness and share support. Speakers included Cultivate KC Executive Director Brien Darby, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council Executive Director Alana Henry, Kansas City Councilwoman Melissa Patterson-Hazley, Dr. Marvia Jones with the KC Health Department, and state representatives Emily Weber and Yolanda Young. 

After mingling and refreshments, guests boarded city buses to go on tours of the urban farms and community gardens in the midtown area. Each bus had its own guide, and the three tours made stops at 15 locations in total. Sometimes the buses got out and walked around, sometimes they just talked onboard while they were parked, but conversation was lively on each of the tours. 

Just less than a month past the launch event, hundreds of passports have already been distributed to people all over the metro area. Multiple news outlets have covered the passport and launch event, and everyone’s excitement is clear! With continued support, the passport planners hope to bring back the initiative next year.  

To learn more details about the KC Farmers Market Passport (including locations where you can get your own passport for FREE), check out the passport’s webpage here at Cultivate KC. 
 
An extra special thank you to the passport planners Alana Henry and Nadine Donovan of Ivanhoe, and Eli O’Sullivan Kurtz of Cultivate KC, the designer, Lauren Allen of Lauren Allen Design, and our event hosts Jennifer Meyer, Hannah Ebling-Artz, and Madeline Marak of Kansas City Community Gardens.