Johnson County farmers market season starts Saturday — Here’s our guide

Overland Park Farmers' Market

The first weekend of farmers' market season is here, starting with Overland Park Farmers' Market on April 16. Photo courtesy city of Overland Park.

It’s that time of year again, Johnson County.

Local farmers markets are gearing up for another season of fresh produce, colorful bouquets and family-friendly fun.

The season officially begins this weekend with the Overland Park Farmers’ Market set to reopen Saturday, April 16. For the first time in two years, it will be back at the market pavilion downtown.

What you need to know

• The first farmers market in Johnson County to open will be Overland Park’s on Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 a.m.

• There are several farmers’ markets to choose from for Johnson Countians to support local vendors throughout the spring, summer and into the fall.

• Detailed information for each farmers’ market can be found on their respective websites.

Below is a look at the farmers’ markets serving Johnson County, and details shoppers need to know for the upcoming season.

Overland Park Farmers’ Market

Overland Park Farmers' Market
Farmers’ market season begins in Johnson County on April 16 in Overland Park. Photo courtesy city of Overland Park.

This year marks the Overland Park Farmers’ Market’s 40th anniversary, making it a special one for the city, vendors and patrons alike.

Vendors will be back at the downtown pavilion for the first time since COVID-19 hit in 2020.

  • Dates and times: Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Wednesday markets begin June 1.)
  • Location: The Overland Park Farmers’ Market Pavilion at 7950 Marty Street
  • Parking: A map of on-street parking and public parking lots can be found here. Parking near the pavilion may be restricted during market hours.
  • Payment: All vendors accept cash, many accept credit/debit cards. $5 tokens can be purchased at the market. EBT, senior vouchers and Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City also accepted.
  • Full vendor list.

Lenexa Farmers Market

Lenexa Farmers Market opens on April 30. Photo credit Bill Harrison. File photo.

Located on the ground floor of the Lenexa City Center campus parking garage, Lenexa Farmers Market will be back in action at the end of the month.

There are seven new vendors this year — bringing the total to more than 30 — including The Milk of Human Kindness, which aims to raise global food waste awareness.

  • Dates and times: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (April 30 to Oct. 29); Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (May 31 to Aug. 30)
  • Location: 17201 W. 87th Street Parkway
  • Payment: Cash, credit/debit, EBT all accepted.
  • Parking: Free parking on upper parking garage floors.
  • Full vendor list.

Olathe Farmers Market

Olathe Farmers' Market
Olathe Farmers’ Market opens April 30. Photo via Olathe Farmers’ Market Facebook.

The Olathe Farmers’ Market says that most of the items vendors sell — including baked goods, flowers, plants and fresh produce — are produced within 250 miles of the city.

Patrons can support local vendors for six months at two different locations with this farmers’ market.

  • Dates and times: Saturdays from April 30 to Oct. 22, and Wednesdays from May 4 to Sept. 21 (7:30 a.m. until sold out)
  • Location: Stagecoach Park at 1205 E. Kansas City Road and Black Bob Park at 14500 W. 151st Street
  • Payment: Cash mostly, but some vendors accept credit/debit cards
  • Parking: Free and available at both locations.

Merriam Farmers’ Market

Merriam Farmers' Market
Merriam Farmers’ Market opens on May 7. Photo via Merriam Farmers’ Market Facebook.

Located in the heart of downtown, the Merriam Farmers’ Market reopens this year on Saturday, May 7.

With nearly 25 vendors, patrons can find anything from gourmet mushrooms and handcrafted bouquets to fresh produce and baked goods.

  • Dates and times: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (May 7 to September 24)
  • Location: 5740 Merriam Drive
  • Payment: Varies by vendor. Bring cash, but credit/debit cards accepted at some stalls.
  • Parking: Plenty of pavilion parking available.
  • Full vendor list.

Bonner Springs Farmers’ Market

Bonner Springs Farmers' Market
Serving Johnson Countians out west, Bonner Springs’ Farmers Market opens May 7. Photo courtesy Jack Granath.

Further west, Bonner Springs Farmers’ Market is an easy trip for some Johnson Countians. The market features about 11 vendors, who are all required to directly produce 80% of the items they sell, according to the website.

Fresh produce, local honey and baked goods are all on the list.

  • Dates and times: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (May 7 to Oct. 29)
  • Location: Kelly Murphy Park, 129 Elm Street
  • Payment: Cash, credit/debit cards, EBT, senior vouchers and Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City.
  • Parking: Available at park.
  • Full vendor list.

Shawnee Moonlight Market

Moonlight Market Shawnee
Shawnee Moonlight Market begins on May 20. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

Live music, local brews, food trucks, family-friendly fun and local vendors are what you can expect to find the third Thursday of each month at Shawnee Moonlight Market in 2022.

The season kicks off on May 19 at Shawnee City Hall, which is also home to a Saturday farmers’ market (beginning May 7).

  • Dates and times: Third Thursdays of the month, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (May 19 to Oct. 20); Saturdays 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (May 7 to Oct. 29)
  • Location: 11110 Johnson Drive
  • Payment: Cash (Credit/debit cards are accepted at nearby restaurants and businesses)
  • Parking: Public, on-street. Map here.

Mission Market

Mission Market opens Thursday, June 2. Above, kids participate in the 2020 bring your own baby pool event at the market. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.

Mission Market, located on Johnson Drive in the downtown area, is open Thursdays from June to August — with June 2 the kick off for this summer season.

This local market features food trucks and a beer garden with vendors like Sandhills Brewing and The Bar rotating each week. There’s a number of local businesses and restaurants along Johnson Drive to stop in after the market closes.

  • Dates and times: Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (June 2 to Aug. 25)
  • Location: 5635 Johnson Drive
  • Payment: Cash, debit/credit card
  • Parking: On-street, public parking.
  • Full vendor list.