Honey, I canned the pickles!

For the last two weeks Les has brought honey in all sizes of containers (as well as candles), produced on his honey farm in Independence. Worried about “colony collapse”? Talk to Les and get the lowdown. You’ll be surprised by what he says!

Yes, You Can CAN!
Talk to growers about buying veggies in bulk for canning and preserving. Now’s the time to start preserving food for the winter. (Yes, it is right around the corner … well, maybe down the block!)
Family Fun

At least we can look forward to the cooling breezes of autumn with a game of Bobbing for Apples!

Don’t forget!

SNAP customers get double value on produce all summer long!

We’ll see you Sunday!

Sweet corn! Royals tickets! Live music!

Come and discover
the Top 3 Reasons to ‘go local’!

1. Tastes better.

2. Fresher and healthier.

3. And, it connects buyers and growers!

(Don’t you want to know who grows your food and how they do it?)

Join Your Neighbors at
Rosedale Farmers Market this Sunday
Noon to 3 p.m. @ SW Family Health Care
SW Blvd @ Rainbow Blvd

Exciting News!

The first sweet corn has arrived!

Here’s what else is coming to the market this Sunday:


Summer squash




New potatoes






Green beans




Mustard greens


HerbsAND …

Home-crafted bread


100% grass-fed Kansas beef!

Come early … we DO sell out.

What’s this about Royals tickets?

Are you ready to get up close with the hottest team in the AL Central? A generous friend of the Market has donated four seats to the July 21 day game versus Toronto. These seats are 25 rows directly behind the Royals dugout and best of all — are in the shade! A deluxe parking pass is even included for easy in-and-out.

Stop by our Information table on Sunday and bid on these great seats. The tickets and parking retail for more than $150, but the right bid will get you a day at the “K” for a nice price. The Royals may be hot hot hot, but you’ll have it made in the shade … and all the proceeds go to the Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative!

SNAP customers get Double Value

Spread the word! Customers using EBT cards for SNAP benefits get double value all summer long, thanks to the Beans ‘n’ Greens program, sponsored by the Menorah Legacy Foundation.

What else is at the Market this week?

  • Free Gardening Help! K-State Research and Extension Experts will be on hand to answer your questions.
  • Free Cooking Lesson! Not sure what to do with all this great produce? Fresh Fest is showing you how to whip up one delicious recipe every week. This Sunday, experience divine stuffed bell peppers!
  • For the kids … there’s a Coloring Contest!
  • Live music, even! Come hear folk artist Emily Tummons.

We’ll see you Sunday!

July 4 – Independence from Non-Local Food Day!

I can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate the fourth of July than being surrounded by local farmers and local produce.  This week we had voter registration at the Community Resource table, patriotic fruit parfaits and film canister rockets at the Family Fun table, and a fabulous mayo-free potato salad at the Fresh Fest.  Check out the photos from the market on our Flickr stream – I tried to document some of the beautiful produce for sale!

We’re looking forward to the coming weeks at the market, and our grateful to Diane and Aaron for taking charge of the weekly market e-newsletter.  If you haven’t already signed up, use the form below.

June 27 – Report from the market

What a wonderful day! We were so excited to have the Beans and Greens crew with us to celebrate the official launch of the double value SNAP coupons, and we were honored to have Commissioner John Mendez join us as well.  Gayla and Jenn with Beans and Greens brought beautiful balloons and t-shirts with their new logo, giving quite the festive atmosphere to the market.  Gayla, Commissioner Mendez, Board Chair Chris Alliman and Rosedale Development Association director Wendy Wilson spoke about their hopes for the double value and for the future of healthy foods in Rosedale.

KCTV 5 joined the celebration as well and showed the Rosedale Farmers Market several times on the evening news.  We hope to be able to post a link to the footage soon, but for now, check out the photos on Flickr!

Official Launch of the Beans&Greens Double Value Program Sunday!

Introducing Beans&Greens

The Rosedale Farmers Market is excited to be a part of the Beans&Greens program, a Kansas City initiative officially beginning this weekend that DOUBLES the amount EBT/SNAP and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program participants can spend at the Rosedale Farmers Market!

For example, if you spend $5 of EBT/SNAP benefits at the market, you will get $10 in tokens to spend at the RFM – stop by the information booth for more details and to participate in this matching program.


12:30 p.m. – Fresh Fest, featuring Creamy Turnip Cups

1:00 p.m. – Official welcome from community leaders

Activities for the whole family – from cooking demonstrations to the Family Fun table, there’s something for everyone

Lots of PIE! This Sunday is PIE DAY at the Rosedale Farmers Market – look for pies made with local fruit!
Raffle prizes (for SNAP/EBT participants)
Children’s activities
Balloons for the kids

Silent auction for Royals tickets – shaded dugout seats!
Fresh Fest – featuring Creamy Turnip Cups
Featured community resource – Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care
Baked goods


Fresh Fest begins this Sunday!

Hello faithful readers and Rosedale Farmers Market friends,

I am so excited to announce that this week the Rosedale Farmers Market will host the very first Fresh Fest, a weekly cooking and nutrition demonstration hosted by our very own summer HKI interns in the fitness center at Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care.  This Sunday the featured recipe is a Zesty Summer Squash Bake. The first demonstration will take place at 12:30 p.m.

See you at the market!

May 23 Market Update

249 = number of market visitors

10 = number of vendors today

1 = number of fire trucks that came to the market to check it out

2 = number of weeks the market has been open

I can hardly believe that this is only the second week of the market!  At the suggestion of a friend at KU Med, we bought a “clicker counter” at an office supply store to count how many people showed up today.  This, happily, was my job.  It made me so elated to click away as cars and bicycle pulled up, and people walking their dogs stopped by to see what was going on.  And I couldn’t believe the numbers!  Over 100 people came to the market before 1 pm, and by the end of the market, my count was 249.  It makes me wonder whether my estimate of how many people came last week was incorrect!

New this week: organic dog treats and a water dish for our furry friends who came along to the market.  I didn’t get a complete count today, but I think we had about 5-10 dogs today.

A huge thank you goes to the many volunteers from Rainbow Mennonite Church who helped today with surveys, information table, the community garden and family activity tables, and waving at people on Southwest Boulevard.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Stay tuned for pictures from the market, and remember that the market will be open on Memorial Day weekend, same time and same place.  Stock up on fresh local lettuce, salad greens and other goodies for your Memorial Day barbecues and picnics!