Home-grown vegetables, antibiotic-free chicken, fresh eggs, goat cheese, fudge and jams will be available for sale along Johnson Drive when the Mission Farm & Flower Market makes its debut June 6.
The market is set for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through September along Johnson Drive near Reeds Road and Maple Street. Visitors can park in the nearby city-owned parking lots or at ScriptPro, which has agreed to open their lot for market purposes, said Emily Randel, Mission public information officer.
The market will start small and is expected to grow throughout the season, said Mission City Administrator Laura Smith.
Visitors should expect to see additions every week including more vendors. Musicians are expected to perform during special occasions like the Mission Art Walk on June 13 and July 11.
A farmers’ market has been on a wish list for city leaders and residents for many years. But Smith and Randel began working in earnest during the past few months to make it happen.
It was a tight planning period, but it allowed the city to seize on the momentum generated after downtown construction was complete.
“The time is now,” Randel said. “People are so proud of the downtown that it just feels right to start now.”
As of this week, the city has signed on 10 vendors for the first weekend. Randel said several vendors have indicated they would like a booth but are completing paperwork.
Some vendors including Tasty Nuggets Granola are adding the Mission market as a second location.
Other vendors like Miss Marty’s Home Nursery School are trying their hand for the first time. Randel said the owner plants produce and herbs with her nursery school children but the children are gone during the summer when the bountiful crop is harvested.
The city hired two part time market coordinators to run the market and work with the vendors. They are also asking for community volunteers to serve as ambassadors at an information booth on market day. The city envisions that the ambassadors could answer questions and direct visitors to downtown merchants and restaurants.
Anyone interested in volunteering should call Randel at 913-676-8368.
Randel also released a list of the first 10 vendors to sign on with the farm and flower market.
- Mine Creek Farm, of Pleasanton, KS, sells antibiotic-free chicken, eggs, fruits and vegetables.
- Landeria Farm, Olathe, KS, sells goat cheese, eggs, chickens and fall produce.
- Jelly Man, of Kansas City, Kan., sells produce, eggs, pastries, jams and jelly.
- Exhale Boutique Fitness Studio LLC, of Mission, will partner with others to sell produce, natural soaps, lotion, plants and herbs.
- Lucca Bakery, of Fairway, sells artisanal bakery goods.
- Sugar Rush Treat Boutique, of Overland Park, sells gourmet popcorn, cake pops, fudge and cookies.
- Tasty Nuggets Granola, of Mission, will sell granola.
- Cadalui Originals, of Roeland Park, sells succulent plants, homemade cards and decorative pots.
- Miss Marty’s Home Nursery School, of Overland Park, will sell produce, seedlings, fresh flowers, seedlings and herbs.
- Borgman’s Dairy Farm, of Holden, Missouri, sells goat cheese, cajeta and cheesecake.