Mission farmers market will launch in June; enough vendors secured for Johnson Drive venue

Mission_Farmer_MktIt’s a go. Mission will start its first farmers market this June. The Mission Farm & Flower Market will open on June 6 and continue to operate on Saturdays through September.

To this point the city had been working on making the market a reality by trying to line up vendors who would commit to be at the new market on Saturdays. Mission’s Emily Randel said Wednesday the city has reached critical mass for vendors so the market will definitely launch in 2015. “We are there with our numbers,” she said.

The hours will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the south side Johnson Drive between Reeds and Maple Streets. That area has a large green space. Vendors will back into the striped parking spots on Johnson Drive so customers can walk along the sidewalk to make purchases. More vendors can set up in the green space on the south side of the sidewalk.

A vendor orientation meeting will be held May 5 at Sylvester Powell Community Center. Interested vendors can still contact the city. Homemade goods, such as baked items or craft items, also will be considered for vendor spots.

While enough vendors have been secured to start the produce and flower part of the market, the city is still looking for musicians, artists, entertainers and others who might provide a second layer of programming.

The market also will feature a rotating schedule of children’s activities with something new each week, Randel said. The Mission effort will join popular farmers markets in Merriam, Overland Park and Shawnee.