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Old 11-11-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Hi everyone,
I'm going to be moving to Kansas City soon (December!!!) to go to college, and I'm really into cooking and the culinary arts, especially cooking with fresh produce and ingredients. I'm all about shopping for locally grown produce and/or organic produce and foods. I actually live a short 2.5 hours from KC (Springfield, MO) now, and visit there often to visit family who live in the area. So, here's my question...sorry to get lost in all the background info!
I've always read and heard about the River Market just north of I-70 and downtown, but I've never actually been there. I presume there's a farmer's market there on weekend mornings? Anyone know much about those? The times, etc?
Also, are there many places within the River Market to buy fresh ingredients (herbs, spices, meats, etc.)? Any info on those?

Thanks for all the input!!! You all rock!
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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The city market will have all your cooking and spice needs. It is only open certain months. Farmhouse restaurant in river market is a great organic restaurant.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Thanks brewcrew!!! I appreciate your input.
I do have a question...I went to the City Market's website, and it says that the farmer's market and the shops are open year round...exactly what did you mean when you said that it was only open certain months? Just for my own clarification, I'm not trying to sound rude!! Again, thanks for your input!!!!
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:42 AM
 
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Hi everyone,
I'm going to be moving to Kansas City soon (December!!!) to go to college, and I'm really into cooking and the culinary arts, especially cooking with fresh produce and ingredients. I'm all about shopping for locally grown produce and/or organic produce and foods. I actually live a short 2.5 hours from KC (Springfield, MO) now, and visit there often to visit family who live in the area. So, here's my question...sorry to get lost in all the background info!
I've always read and heard about the River Market just north of I-70 and downtown, but I've never actually been there. I presume there's a farmer's market there on weekend mornings? Anyone know much about those? The times, etc?
Also, are there many places within the River Market to buy fresh ingredients (herbs, spices, meats, etc.)? Any info on those?

Thanks for all the input!!! You all rock!

We live in south Johnson County, KS, a pretty fair drive to the River Market, but that's where I buy all my spices and specialty ingredients. You don't have to wait until summer to shop at the farmer's market. The shops are open all year round. I can also get the most reasonably priced produce there. Check out Habashi Market to get spices by the scoop -- 1$ a scoop, and just about any spice you can imagine. There are good produce markets and a great Italian grocer. Living in suburbia, I think River Market is a great place to escape to every couple weeks, and the money I save shopping there pays for the gas to drive there and back!!
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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The River Market is set up like an open pavilion and it's flanked on all sides by speciality stores (ethnic eateries, a deli etc.). Outside those specialty stores, there are vendor stalls set up with fresh produce (though it's important to note that it's not all necesarily local or organic.) All of that is open all year round.

There's this funny little old Mediterranean guy who sells spices that I deperately want to be my new grandpa.

In the middle are large pavilions under which the local farmers bring their goods on the weekends during the spring, summer and fall months.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Awesome advice, thanks guys!!! I love the info you've provided. Tina McG, I too will be living in the suburbs while going to school, and will be on a strict budget, so it's good to know that the ingredients I will inevitably be needing will be somewhat economical. Again, thanks everyone!!!
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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^Where are you planning to live? Near your school?
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Old 11-12-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Well, kind of. I'm going to be attending UMKC at its main campus, but I have family in Raymore, so I will be living with them. I wish I could liver closer to campus, but right now, financially it's not possible, me being a working college student and all.
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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^Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do, been there done that! Just make sure to get out and explore everything the city has to offer!
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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The River Market is set up like an open pavilion and it's flanked on all sides by speciality stores (ethnic eateries, a deli etc.). Outside those specialty stores, there are vendor stalls set up with fresh produce (though it's important to note that it's not all necesarily local or organic.) All of that is open all year round.

There's this funny little old Mediterranean guy who sells spices that I deperately want to be my new grandpa.

In the middle are large pavilions under which the local farmers bring their goods on the weekends during the spring, summer and fall months.

Hahaha -- the manfrom Habashii Market! Yes, he is wonderful! Middle Eastern...Iranian, is what I think he told me.
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