KC Food Circle’s 15th Annual Eat Local (& Organic!) Expos

Mark your calendar!

The Kansas City Food Circle is celebrating the 15th year for our Eat Local (and Organic!)

Expos, which kick off the local growing and farmers market season each spring.

Visitors can buy local, organic produce; free-range meat, eggs and dairy; and vegetable

seedlings for home gardening. The Expos are also a great place to learn more about and sign

up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), where you can buy your food directly from



Saturday, March 30 at the Shawnee Civic Center in Shawnee, KS from 9-2


13817 Johnson Drive

Shawnee, KS 66216




Saturday April 6 at the MCC Penn Valley Gymnasium from 9:30-2:30



3201 SW Trafficway

Kansas City, MO 64111

(between SW Trafficway and Broadway)


The Expos also offer opportunities to learn more about local, organic, and free-range food by

providing unique, free workshops each year. This year’s workshops will start with “Real Food

Your Kids Will Love” from 10:00 to 11:00, presented by Beth Bader, local author of The

Cleaner Plate Club. Beth will be giving tips on eating seasonally and locally, especially for

families with a busy schedule. The next workshop will be “Small Scale Aquaponics” from

11:30 to 12:30. Led by Maurice Person of Urban Harvest KC, this workshop will teach

attendees how to start a home aquaponics system and will cover indoor composting with red

wigglers, de-chlorinating and conserving water.


We will be handing out free copies of the 2013 KC Food Circle Directory of

Producers, which provides detailed information on KCFC member farmers and area organic

farmers markets. Expo attendees may also join the KC Food Circle and receive a 2013 Eat

Local (& Organic!) Dining Card which provides a one-time 10% discount on 14 area

restaurants that source their food locally, organically, and free-range.


This will be the KC Food Circle’s 15th annual expo, a tradition that has grown significantly

since it began in 1999 as part of a food system conference co-sponsored with the Sierra Club.

There were only 10 farmers at the first exhibition, but 250 people (as well as 100 conference

registrants) came for the chance to meet the farmers. The Expos continued to grow attracting

more and more Kansas Citians as the organic food movement gained popularity. In 2004, the

KCFC began holding two events at two different locations in the metro area. Overall

attendance continues to rise, averaging about 2,000 visitors in recent years.


The Smokin’ Fresh Streetside BBQ food truck will be serving some

delicious organic BBQ in the parking lots of both events, and Conveniently Natural will be handing out

samples inside at Penn Valley. Both are featured restaurants on the KCFC Eat Local (&

Organic!) Dining Card.


Current sponsors of this year’s Expo are Slow Food Kansas City, Sierra Club Missouri, Sierra

Club Kansas, KKFI, and Fresh Connect. Services were provided by Precision Printing and Cannon Social

Media Solutions.


The KC Food Circle is a nonprofit organization connecting local eaters and local, organic, and

free range growers for over 20 years.

Contact: Emily Akins, KCFC cocoordinator, 8162254624, emily@kcfoodcircle.org
Click on these links for printable pdf Expo flyers.  Please feel free to share far and wide, and please help us spread the word by putting them up wherever you happen be around town!
See you at the Expos!

One Response to “KC Food Circle’s 15th Annual Eat Local (& Organic!) Expos”

  1. Beth and the Biscuit Says:

    Reblogged this on Beth and the Biscuit and commented:
    Big Community Effort Here! Wouldn’t it be swell if all communities liked their folks this much!!? (Can you read this? It shows up grey text on a black background as I’m sharing this)

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