Thursday, August 2, 2007

KC City Market Hits 150

Since 1856 the City Market has been a historic fixture in downtown Kansas City. This year is also a very important year for the market because it’s celebrating the 150th anniversary.

The City Market has over 120 farmers and vendors who sell a variety items. These vendors can be 100% farmers, farmers with local supplement, artist/crafters, retail food or concessions. There are over 35, 100% farmers and 20 farmers with local supplement that sell at the City Market.

Today, over 500,000 customers visit the City Market each year. The City Market may be the most diverse location in the Kansas City metro area with seven languages spoken on a regular basis and merchants who offer a variety of fresh produce, meats, seafood, flowers and other specialty food items from America, Europe, Africa, the Middle and Far East. City Market merchants include specialty groceries, meat markets, a wine store, bakery and a flower market as well as a number restaurants and cafes. Combine these merchants with the largest farmers’ market in the region and the draw crosses all cultural and economic boundaries.

The City Market Fall Harvest Festival is coming up. This is a free two-day fall festival to celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest. Key festival activities include hay rides, a pumpkin patch, farmer stall decorating contest, grape stomp, pie-eating contest, storytelling and craft projects for kids.

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