April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside playing.

Every year around this time I start to ponder the idea of having a backyard garden. We have a spacious lot, and I love fresh fruits and veggies. The only problem is that I do not have a green thumb. It is definitely not a strength of mine, but I want it to be. In theory, it sounds like so much fun, but those poor plants do not want to be in my care. My husband, on the other hand, is amazing with plants, so maybe one of these days we will have our own backyard garden with him at the helm. In the meantime, I will continue to frequent the various farmers’ markets around town. There are so many fun ones to visit, and they all have their own unique vibe, but best of all, it is so fun to talk to the vendors about what they do. I love supporting local farmers and makers, and these markets are the perfect place to do that and to meet people creating things in the community.

This month is our farm-to-table issue. We wanted to share with you some of the local resources in town as well as information on farm-to-table, how to support our local farmers and businesses and even share a few recipes. Slow Food is a very cool resource, so check them out if you have a chance at SlowFoodKC.org, and don’t forget to visit downtown Lee’s Summit’s Farmers Market at 113 SE Douglas St. They have over 50 vendors offering fresh produce, meats, baked goods, plants and more.

Happy Spring!