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Healthy Kids Farmers' Market
Growing Community (and Produce) in Rosedale

By: Katie Green
Community Organizer - Gardens and Food Access
This month we would like to highlight not only the beginning of the farmers market season, but also the group of original growers: Lillie Greer, Gladys Wilson and Sue and Gary Hughes.

Before Rosedale could boast of our own farmers market, the growers at Healthy Kidz Community Garden started selling their extra produce to Rosedale Congregational and St. Paul A.M.E. Zion members on Sundays after church.

Their garden, on Minnie Street, came about from a collaboration between Rosedale Congregational and St. Paul’s A.M.E. Zion churches. After watching a documentary on urban gardening, the members decided to start one of their own. At the time there were only one or two other community gardens in all of Rosedale.

With all of the support from the community, Healthy Kidz decided to move from a table at the church to a full farmers market with different vendors from around the Kansas City area. Today, Rosedale Farmers Market hosts 8-10 vendors each Sunday who sell a range of fruits, vegetables, plants and honey. The market also accepts and doubles SNAP and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program dollars.

Lillie Greer shared her motivation with us, saying, “I think it’s a wonderful thing to have for the community–a place where we can gather together and use as a teaching tool for the children.” At the end of the season, the three women divide up the money between their churches in support of children’s programming.

Swing by Rosedale Farmers Market each Sunday through September to see what Healthy Kidz Community Garden and the rest of our vendors are growing: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., in the Commerce Bank parking lot at 4020 Rainbow Boulevard.