Saturday, April 24, 2010

City Market Kansas City

Today Katie and I got up early and made the drive to the Farmer's Market in downtown Kansas City. As soon as we got there we both said to each other, "why have we waited so long to visit this place?" It was full of history, excitement, entertainment, shopping, different cultures, ethnic restaurants and grocery stores, lots of fresh foods, flowers and spices.

The first store we went into was called Planters. The atmosphere of the building drawled us in. Old hardwood floors, wooden bins in the wall that went almost floor to ceiling. The entire store and outside on the sidewalks was a gardener's delight. All kinds of equipment, supplies, garden accents, vegetable and flower plants.
The first thing we were drawn to inside the store was the section of spices all organized in wooden bins.
I had to take a picture of M.S.G. We had never seen it before. Always hear about, try to avoid it in our foods and found it interesting to actually see it.....
The farmer's market was full of flowers this weekend. This was an artificial flower arrangement inside Planters....
Here are some of brightly colored flowers for sale......
and plastic bins full of loose tulips where you can buy one or all of them!
These guys were grilling some sausages, turkey legs and chicken. The aroma was very tempting but we kept walking.....
We found this nut bin interesting. We only knew the names of a few of them.......
This Mediterranean grocery mart had some pita breads that are made at a location just a couple of blocks from my dad's house. We chatted with a employee in the store who grew up close to my dad.
This particular spice display was our favorite.............
Scoops were a dollar each. We decided on this visit we would only get one scoop each and if we liked what we got, next time we would get more and be more adventurous with our choices.
Barrels full of many varieties of olives...........
The sweet corn was fat and looked very fresh and appealing.....
Too many varieties of tea to remember. Lots we had never heard of before........
Home canned tomatoes and tomato juice. Reds and yellows.....
And there was something for this little fellow too............
We found a tent with some people who sold "homemade" dog treats. We picked out a peanut butter flavored biscuit for Riley. He guarded it for about 4 hours after we gave it to him then chomped it up!!
We had a great time even though we had to spend half our time in the rain. Can't wait to go back and buy more pesticide free veggies!

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