Get yer farm-fresh produce here. The Kansas City Star provides a detailed list of farmers markets in the Kansas City region, both in Kansas and Missouri. (KC Star) Of course, other market lists are available that capture most markets in the United States. They include Local Harvest and the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service lists. The AMS list currently shows 81 markets in Kansas. For fellow Kansans, don’t forget the KS Farmers Markets site.
A popular view of ag. Commentator John Schlageck promotes an upcoming program, “Taking Stock: Perspectives on Food Production in Kansas,” which he says public television stations in Kansas will be running in response to the scheduled PBS broadcast of Food Inc. Alas, Schlageck’s column is largely a series of platitudes that provides no evidence to counter the reality of farmers who must work off the farm to survive economically, who are cogs in the great agriculture machine run by a handful of huge corporations that control everything from seed to silo to feedlot to slaughterhouse. We can only hope the panelists on the television program scheduled for May 5 have something of substance to say. (Pittsburg, Kansas, Morning Sun)