Located in Kansas City at 20 East 5th Street, just north of I-70 near Walnut Street, is the City Market. The City Market – Kansas City was established in 1857 and continues to be the weekend destination for local and regional farmers to sell their fresh produce.
In addition to the weekend Farmers’ Market, there are over 30 merchants, stores and cafes, open all year long.
Visitors to the Farmers’ Market will find over a hundred vendor stalls stocked with colorful and flavorful fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and herbs in addition to flowers and bedding plants.
Friendly vendors offer a wide variety of seasonal produce. If citrus fruit sounds good, then large oranges, lucious lemons and limes, and many more fruits are available. If you’re in the market for healthy green vegetables, then the fresh asparagus and broccoli may be your purchases of the day. And don’t forget to take home a flavorful avocado or two. Another green item, more rare, is sometimes featured at the market. Cactus pieces are often sold by the pound.
The Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays (7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) November through February, and Saturdays (6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) March through October.
The year-found Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. During the winter months, the market is held in an enclosed glass pavilion.
Eligible vendors also participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards. SNAP is the former federal Food Stamp Program and participants can swipe their cards at the information tent. Farmers’ Market SNAP/EBT tokens will be given for the amount specified.
Stores and Cafes
Merchants at the City Market include Solar Photographers, So Young Fashions, Spanish Voice Group, Dutch Flowers, Urban Trader and many more.
One of the “more” is also one of my favorites. Al-habashi Mart features a large selection of Middle Eastern food items and international grocery items. My purchases always consist of nuts (pistachios, pine huts, pumpkin seeds, and Brazil nuts) and spices (ginger, saffron, lemon pepper, paprika, coriander, and mint).
Al-habashi Mart also imports grape leaves, Feta cheese, olive oils, Kalamata olives, dessert items honey, coffees and teas, among many other seemingly exotic items.
The store is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days per week.
Located next to Al-habashi Mart is the Habashi House, which claims that they are “home to the Best Falafel Sandwich in Town!” I agree, but would also contend that all of their Middle Eastern selections are delicious. Fans of hummus (garbanzo bean dip with a touch of olive oil, sumac, and parsley) and baba ghanouj (eggplant dip with tahini, garlic and lemon) will not be disappointed.
Other cafes include Blue Nile Café, Burrito Bros., Winslow’s Barbecue, and Hien Vuong Restaurant.
Now in its 154th year, Kansas City’s historic City Market continues to be the best place to find fresh produce, and is now the destination for international groceries, great food, and family fun.
For more information about the The City Market – Kansas City, visit this website.