Organic Markets Overland Park KS

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Blue Door Farm
(816) 805-0362
Overland Park, KS
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Merriam Farmers Market
(913) 322-5550
5740 Merriam Drive
Merriam, KS
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 2-October 10 Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
County
Johnson

Manildra Group USA
(913) 362-0777
4210 Shawnee Mission Pkwy Ste 312A
Shawnee Mission, KS

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Huns Garden
(913) 671-7316
Kansas City, KS
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Herb'n Gardener
(816) 842-4432
Kansas City, MO
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Overland Park Farmers Market
(913) 642-2222
Downtown Between 79th & 80th Street off of Marty; By the Clock Tower in His
Overland Park, KS
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April 15-September 30 Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
County
Johnson

Shawnee Farmers Market
(913) 248-2360
11110 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, KS
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 2-October 31 Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - Sell Out
County
Johnson

Kiddopotamus & Company
(913) 851-2987
7360 W 161st St
Stilwell, KS

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Olathe Farmers Market
(913) 764-6263
Heritage Center; 1200 E. Kansas City Road
Olathe, KS
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April 25-October 10 Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - Sell Out
County
Johnson

The City Market Farmers Market
(816) 842-1271
5th & Walnut
Kansas City, MO
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
March-October Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 12 Noon Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Defining Organic

From farm to home, many critical factors weigh on that increasingly important term.

March 2010

By Linda Melone

The term “organic” conjures up visions of pastoral farms and sun-kissed fruits and vegetables grown by caring farmers. For many, this ideal makes it easier to drive an hour to the nearest health-conscious market. But how much of that vision is fiction versus reality? Is natural beef as good as organic? What’s behind the USDA Organic label? These questions are becoming more relevant as a growing number of people make organic products their mainstay.

Behind the Organic Label

The sales growth of organic foods tops that of all other food and beverage sales. US sales of organic food and beverages comprised roughly 2.8% of all food sales in 2006 at $17.7 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association, up 21% from 2005. Organic non-food sales, such as textiles, personal care products, toys and pet foods, grew 26% in 2006. More availability of organic products and greater consumer awareness has driven these increases.

Within the past 30 years organic has grown from a small-farm movement to a major industry in which organic foods and products can be found on the shelves of major retailers. “Organic is becoming much more sophisticated,” says Carl Winter, PhD, on the faculty at the University of California Davis’ Foodsafe Program. “But this greater demand also means that organic food is not necessarily local anymore.”

Producing a product good enough to earn the USDA Organic label isn’t easy. Farmers and growers must meet strict government standards. In 1990 Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), which required the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop national standards for organically produced products. The OFPA and the National Organic Program regulations require farms or handling operations to be certified by a state or private entity accredited by the USDA.

“Organic products cost more money to produce and yields are not as high,” says Winter. “Organic farms must be open to yearly inspections. It’s difficult because you can have all the right ideas and use state-of-the-art organic practices, but if you cannot stay economically viable, you’re not going to manage.”

Government regulations determine ways in which agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic production requires a system of farming that excludes toxic pesticides and fertilizers to maintain and replenish the soil. Genetic engineering, cloning, irradiation and sewage sludge are prohibited.

“Generally, a farmer has to shun traditional technology,” says Mark A. Kastel, co-director and senior farm policy analyst for the Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute ( www.cornucopia. org ), an independent watchdog organization that monitors and promotes ecologically produced local and organic food. Produce must be grown on ground that has been free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers for at least thr...

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