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Happy days are here again where fresh local food is concerned in Lawrence

April 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Community supported agriculture, Farmers markets, local food

My spring is now complete. Not only is the Lawrence Farmers Market open on Saturdays for the season, but this week marked the early season start for the Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance.

Rolling Prairie opening day 2010

Bob Lominska presides over RPFA’s first early-season delivery.

Rolling Prairie

Rolling Prairie’s  first delivery far exceeded my hopes, considering what a cool wet spring we’ve had, this past week excepted. I brought home asparagus, green onions, spinach, salad mix, lettuce and cilantro (working from memory here). They were gorgeous specimens.  There were some tough choices, though, such as choosing among asparagus, mushrooms and eggs.

The delivery table was in a more cramped arrangement than in the past. Worked OK while I was there, but I picked my goods up during a slow period. It will see whether the new arrangement, intended to use less space for the Merc, will survive when the full delivery season begins in two weeks. Only 65 or so people get the early season delivery.

I believe there are a few spots left for 2010 for Rolling Prairie’s subscription-style CSA. An application including site coordinator information is available ( PDF). Below you can see a few stalks of the gorgeous—and tender to the end of the very long stalks—asparagus I got.

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Farmers markets

Blessed by more good weather, the Lawrence Farmers Market had 43 vendors at Saturday’s market. Customers and merchants alike were in high spirits. The market will have its grand opening on May 1 , which not only is the official high-season kickoff but also signals the opening of the weekday markets the first week of May. Can’t wait!

Meanwhile, 40 miles or so east of Lawrence, farmers markets are opening in the Kansas City area too. Read about them at Fat City.

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