Vegetarian Food Overland Park KS

Local resource for vegetarian food in Overland Park. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to health food stores and farmer’s markets, as well as advice and content on proper diet and nutrition.

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

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

KCK Green Market
(913) 526-0688
6th and Taurome
Kansas City, KS
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June 10-September 30 Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - Sell Out
County
Wyandotte

BADSEED Funky Friday Night Farmers Market
1909 McGee, Downtown
Kansas City, MO
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-November 20 Friday, 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

39th Street Community Farmers Market
(913) 432-4101
39th & Genessee Streets
Kansas City, MO
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Troost Community Market
(816) 808-7571
Lindwood & Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

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.

KC Organics and Natural Market
1 mile S of 1-435 on Holms, E on Red Bridge Rd; in Minor Park
Kansas City, MO
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-Mid-October Saturday, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Pros of Meatless Protein

Cutting back on animal products doesn’t mean eliminating all your essential amino acids.
Non-meat sources of protein abound, and more and more health experts say
that you can’t go wrong with a diet built around vegetarian cuisine.

By Susan Weiner

November/December 2005

Whether you’re in the throes of holiday cooking and envision out of the ordinary fare or just want to try your hand at a vegetarian meal, you can rest assured that meat-free dishes are anything but protein-free. So-called “peasant foods” like rice and beans, polenta, vegetable stir-fries and hummus are proof that cultures around the globe have thrived for centuries on plant and grain-based diets. In fact, it’s easier than you think to get all the protein you’ll ever need without eating meat.

Just ask anyone from countries such as Italy, Greece and Turkey, since the Mediterranean Diet is considered the gold standard when it comes to eating right. The customary diet boasts high daily intake of olive oil, fruits, vegetables, pasta, breads, cereals, grains, nuts and seeds, and moderate intake of wine, cheese and yogurt. Fish and poultry are consumed weekly, while eggs and red meats are eaten in small quantities only a few times a month. It turns out that residents of the Mediterranean region have the lowest rates of chronic disease in the world and the highest adult life expectancy, despite limited medical services.

In stark contrast, dietary staples in the U.S. include hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, barbeque and eggs, while prevailing “vegetables” are potatoes, corn and ketchup. Just take a look at any restaurant menu, cookbook, supermarket flyer or fast food sign; each contends that the centerpiece of your plate should be a large serving of meat, chicken or fish.

“Why I Went Vegetarian”:
Two Perspectives

Harold Brown, a fifth generation beef farmer, ditched his meat-based diet—and walked away from the family business—due to health concerns that included high cholesterol. Brown also cites the decline of traditional farming communities and the explosive growth of factory farms where thousands of animals are confined as compromising both animal health and meat quality. “Most cattle that come out of a feedlot and go to slaughter are just days and weeks away from dying because of liver tumors,” says Brown. Ironically, “that’s because cows can’t convert corn and wheat into protein for digestion.”

Today, Brown is in excellent health with a blood workup any person would envy. His newfound protein sources are whole grains and vegetables, along with tofu, tempeh, seitan and soy-based meat and chicken substitutes, complete protein foods that provide all the essential amino acids in one meal. This holiday season, Brown and his wife Linda have several high-protein, meat-free dishes on the menu, including basted and baked chicken-style wheat meat smothered in gravy, stuffing and tofu skins, riblets simmered in barbeque sauce served on organic whole-g...

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