Vegan and Vegetarian Support in Kansas City


The Everyday Vegan

 


Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money

 


Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, Revised Edition

 


Animal Liberation

 


The Case for Animal Rights

 


The Vegan Sourcebook

 


The Vegetarian Way: Total Health for You and Your Family

 


Food for Life: How the New Four Food Groups Can Save Your Life

 


Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings---And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally

 


Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth

 


The Vegan Diet As Chronic Disease Prevention: Evidence Supporting the New Four Food Groups

 


Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture)

 


The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World

 


Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat

 


Diet for a Small Planet (20th Anniversary Edition)

 


Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet

 


Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

 


Being Vegan

 


How It All Vegan!: Irresistible Recipes for an Animal-Free Diet

 


The Garden of Vegan: How It All Vegan Again!

 


Vegan Vittles: Recipes Inspired by the Critters of Farm Sanctuary

 


The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook: Delicious Dairy-Free Cheeses and Classic "Uncheese" Dishes

 


Cooking With Peta: Great Vegan Recipes for a Compassionate Kitchen

 


The New Vegan Cookbook: Innovative Vegetarian Recipes Free of Dairy, Eggs, and Cholesterol

 


Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World

Stores and Markets
Kansas City's Veg-Friendly Farmers Markets, Health Food Stores,
Grocers, Caterers, Businesses, and Shops

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- Farmers Markets
- Health Food Stores
- Grocery Stores
- Caterers
- Shops and Miscellaneous
- Worth the Drive

This page lists Kansas City's organic/natural health food stores, bulk food locations, farmers markets, grocers and grocery stores, supermarkets, local providers, and other types of shops or markets that are particulary vegan/vegetarian friendly.

When possible, we encourage you to support the local farmers markets before going to your grocery store.

if you have any suggestions, changes, or additions for this list. 


Farmers Markets

Kansas City Vegan / Vegetarian Farmer's Markets

Most organic farms are small, independently owned family farms of fewer than 100 acres. Organic farming cannot survive without our support. Best of all, it helps local KC farmers and their families (because your dollar goes directly to them—not the store!). Whenever you can afford to do so, we encourage you to support local organic farmers and suppliers, or plant your own garden.

The following is a brief list of the some of the more popular farmers' markets in Kansas City, including all of the organic ones. For additional farmers' markets, please visit National Directory of Fruit Stands & Farmers Markets web site, particularly the Missouri and Kansas listings.

For some great resources, be sure to check out:

  • Faces of Food web site — where you can learn why purchasing local, organic food is important!

39th St. Organic Community Market
(web page)
39th and Genesse
Kansas City, MO
(816) 507-8698

Organic

May – September, Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Call (816) 507-8689 for dates.

First launched in May 2006 and run by the same people who used to do KC's Crossroads Market, the 39th St. Community Market is KC's only weekday market providing organic and sustainably grown produce and farm products to the downtown area. The 39th Street Community Market is conveniently located near KU Medical Center in the 39th Street shopping area. Stop by after work and talk with your local farmers. Organic and sustainably grown vegetables and fruit, free range meat and other goodies are available. If you live in the neighborhood, stroll on over and bring your kids! Regular music events and activities are also scheduled.

For more info about the 39th Street Market, check out the 39th St. Organic Community Market web page on the KC Food Circle web site.

39th and Genesse, Kansas City, MO
(near the KU Medical Center in the 39th Street shopping area)

BAD SEED Organic Market
(map)
1909 McGee St.,
Kansas City, MO

Organic

Fridays June 1st through October 26th, 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Located in the Crossroads Art District, BAD SEED is a haven for organic growing, sustainable living, and creative thinking. The owner grows an extensive variety of heirloom vegetables noted for their unique appearance and extraordinary flavor. BAD SEED is a non-certified organic operation dedicated to respecting the health of the individual and the environment. It BAD SEED's aim to "build community and collective consciousness through the universal delight that comes from eating good food."

Products sold:

- Fresh produce from BAD SEED farm
- Sneak peak of FüD, Kansas City's new all-vegan and half-raw food restaurant (through June 2007)!
- The Ugly Tomato, a "seconds" organic market and "renegade" growers' extravaganza featuring quality fruits and veggies from various local farms that didn't sell the first time around
- Wholesome baked goods and other culinary delights
- Medicinal herbal tinctures
- "Recycled" bags and "re-made" garments
- Vintage clothing and Antique Bazaar
- Various products from local growers, artisans, and creative minds alike (varies by week)
City Market
(map | web site)
5th & Walnut,
Kansas City, MO
(816) 842-1271 (phone)
(816) 471-6168 (fax)

Award WinnerVegKC 2005 Member Choice Award:
Best Farmer's Market


City Market is open year-round. The farmers' market within City Market is open March – November. Call (816) 842-1271 for dates.
Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturdays, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rain or shine, the region's largest farmers' market can be found at the City Market during weekends, mid-March through mid-November. Over 140 vendor stalls burst with bedding plants in the Spring, Summer fruits, vegetables and herbs, plus fresh baked goods and other sweets, cut flowers and crafts made by local artisans. At the City Market, you'll indulge in fine produce, fresh from Missouri and the surrounding region, and benefit from unsurpassed value, all while supporting area farms.

The City Market is located within Kansas City's River Market neighborhood. In addition to the region's largest farmer's market, City Market is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants and merchants who offer distinctive gifts, flowers, home accessories, and specialty foods from across the world, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle and Far East. See web site for more information.

Farmers' Organic Community Market at Brookside
(map | web site)
6321 Wornall Rd,
Kansas City, MO 64113

Organic

11/15/2007 Update: The Brookside Community Market now has a winter market! Visit their web site for details.

April 14 – October 13 (2007): Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Farmers' Community Market at Brookside is dedicated to creating a
unique partnership between the community and farmers that provides high quality, local and organic products. We’re located in the heart of Brookside where many unique shops and restaurants are nearby to explore and spend a delightful Saturday afternoon. The market features local farmers providing organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, edible and cut flowers, organic artisan food and baked goods including vegan varieties. Organic hand-crafted soap and artists with unique handmade crafts compliment our market. Cooking demonstrations are provided by local chefs featuring samples and seasonal recipes. Children’s activities, local musicians and more.

Some Special Events:
* The Herb Festival is April 28th
* The 100 Mile Diet Festival is June 16th
* The Fifth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival is July 28th
* The Back-To-School Festival is August 18th.
* The Fall Festival will be September 29th

Located at the Border Star Montessori School in Brookside (look for the white tents). Contact info available on web site.

Last verified: 12/04/2007

KC Organics and Natural Market at Minor Park
(map | web site)
Minor Park,
Kansas City, MO
(816) 444-FOOD

Organic

May 5 – October 13 (2007)
Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Formerly at Barstow School, the farmers' market is "uniquely nestled in a beautiful park, On the grass and Under the trees!"

Kansas City's first exclusively organic market. Our family farmers offer organic produce that is fresh-picked and locally-grown, edible flowers, herbs, grains, artisan breads, cereals and pies, freshly-brewed "FT" coffee & more. We continue to pioneer ECO-PRODUCTS, with the highest organic content handmade bar soaps & body care items, woodcrafts, candles, artisan natural-stone custom jewelry, etc. Gourmet chefs’ demos at 9:30 include samples and recipes. Our "Organica Music in the Park" venue showcases local up-and-coming talent (see web site for scheduling). We are a "Fair Trade" Market. We also host a Special indoor "Holiday Market" in December at Notre Dame de Sion High School.

Please visit our web site, www.kcorganics.com, or join our email list via kcorganics@yahoo.com, for special events; or call 816-444-FOOD(3663).

In cooperation with the KCMO Parks and Recreation Department.
See web site for details.

Minor Park, just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (111th Street), one mile south of I-435 at Holmes Rd, on the grass and under the trees. Map and additional information on Web site.

Troostwood Youth Organic Garden Market
(map)
5142 Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 444-5788 (phone)
(816) 333-0401 (fax)

Organic

May 29 – October 13 (2007), Saturdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Neighborhood youth are providing fresh and healthy vegetables from A to Z. All foods are grown onsite using organic methods.

Troostwood Youth Organic Garden Market is a member of JJ Farms and are an Heartland All Species project. Please call if you have questions.

For photos and more info, see the KC Food Circle's Troostwood Youth Organic Garden Market web page and the Heartland All Species Project web site.

For additional farmers' markets, please visit National Directory of Fruit Stands & Farmers Markets web site (visit the Missouri and Kansas listings).

 


Health Food Stores

Kansas City Vegan / Vegetarian Organic / Natural / Health Food Grocers and Grocery Stores

Every day that you make a purchase, you can support your neighborhood by buying locally and support the environment by buying conscientiously.

It's important to remember that in our society, a dollar is a vote, and you should vote for those that you want to support. It may cost a little more to buy at organic/health food stores like Whole Foods or Wild Oats, but you're voting for corporations that have made a commitment to society and environment.

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Green Acres Market
(web site | map)
4175 Mulberry Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64116
816-595-5830
Kansas City has a brand new health food store! Located in North Kansas City, GreenAcres Market is also located in Wichita Kansas and offers produce, supplements, and more. According to their web site, "GreenAcres Market is Wichita's leader in natural health and education. And now we're setting our sights upon making Kansas City a healthier place as well. Come shop with us, grow with us and learn with us. You will see the distinctive difference!"
Nature's Pantry
(web site | map)
19019 E 48th St S
Independence, MO 64055
(816) 478-1990
Natural/organic health food store with a large offering of health foods, organic foods, and supplements, including bulk foods, frozen foods, and personal/beauty care.
Super-Natural Health Food Center
(web site | map)
12706 S. 71 Hwy
Grandview, MO 64030
(816) 765-1135
1-800-POWER21 (for out of town)
Super-Natural Health Food Center, founded in 1973, is one of the oldest health food stores in the Kansas City area. Super-Natural Health Food Center offers a variety of high-quality supplements, organic foods, personal use items, and 33 years of nutritional knowledge.

In order to reduce travel miles, Super-Natural Health Food Stores can ship supplements to you. They even match prices. See web site for more supplement info.

Both co-owners are extremely active in the community. They've been instrumental in helping Kansas City-area consumers defend their rights to freely make supplement choices without a prescription. One co-owner has worked extensively on animal, vegetarian, and environmental issues in the Kansas City area since 1989.

Visit them today and support a local, independent store!
Sweet Meadows Natural Market
(web site | map)
1284 Foxwood Drive
Raymore, MO 64083
(816) 318-1952
Natural/organic health food store. Cass County's source for all natural and organic food and beauty products. Natural and organic foods, supplements, and more. Mention the VegKC Web site to get 10% off your first purchase.
Whole Foods Market
(web site | map)
7401 West 91st St
Overland Park, KS 66212
(913) 652-9633

VegKC 2006-2007 Member Choice Award:
Best Health Food Market


Similar to Wild Oats, this national chain of supermarket health food stores feature a deli, bakery, salad bar, frozen foods section, herbs, supplements, bulk food items, and more, all natural and/or organic.

Whole Foods Market recently announced plans to launch the Animal Compassion Foundation, which will provide education and research services to assist and inspire ranchers and meat producers around the world to achieve a higher standard of animal welfare excellence.

New: Whole Foods won a PETA 2005 Proggy Award for Company of the Year: "With hundreds of stores throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, Texas-based Whole Foods Market is the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods offers an impressive selection of healthy vegetarian foods and the retailer's own '365' brand delivers quality in grocery products as well as cruelty-free personal care and household products at competitive prices. Even more important, however, is Whole Foods' dedication to animal welfare. The fast-growing chain has consistently done more for animal welfare than any retailer in the industry, requiring that its producers adhere to strict standards. Last year, Whole Foods launched the Animal Compassion Foundation to put animal welfare in the forefront of shoppers' minds. Recently, the company announced that it would 'assess and significantly upgrade the supply chain process' that provides live lobsters to its stores, vowing to discontinue lobster sales if more compassionate standards are not implemented by the middle of next year."

Last verified: 12/04/2007

Wild Oats Community Market
(web site | yellow pages)
Multiple locations available.

11/15/2007 Update: Because Whole Foods bought out Wild Oats, the Wild Oats in Mission KS has closed. The remaining two Wild Oats will stay open, but the smaller one in midtown might be moving to a larger location sometime in the future. Stay tuned for details!

Wild Oats is a national chain of organic/natural health food stores with three locations in the KC area. The two in Kansas (Mission and Overland Park/Shawnee Mission) are supermarkets that include a deli, bakery, salad bar, frozen food section, herbs, bulk food items, and juice bar. The one located in Kansas City, MO is merely a small, neighborhood store, but the other two are large supermarkets. See the yellow-page listing for directions to all locations. $

Last verified: 12/04/2007

 


Grocery Stores and Grocers

While most grocery stores carry health food and veg-friendly products, the grocery stores below offer an amazing selection of veg-friendly items (typically found in the "health food" or produce sections) above and beyond most other local grocery stores.

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Hen House
(web site | yellow pages)
Multiple locations available.

A partnership between the fourteen locally owned and operated Hen House stores, Good Natured Family Farms, and Bridging the Gap has been formed to bring focus and attention to the quality of food produced by local farmers. The Buy Fresh / Buy Local campaign focuses on bringing the best of products grown and produced by local family farms in and around the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Visit their web site for more information (including supplier bios, today's availability, what's new, other items of interest) and store locations.

Hy-Vee
(web site | yellow pages)
Multiple locations available.

Award WinnerVegKC 2006-2007 Member Choice Award:
Best Veg-Friendly Grocer


Hy-Vee grocers (available in numerous locations around KC) include a "health market" section that includes many of the same items (in limited quantity) that you'd find in a quality health food store. See web site for locations.

 

Caterers

The following are local KC businesses that provide veg-friendly catering services.

Bo Lings Traditional Chinese Cuisine
(web site | yellow pages )
4800 Main
Kansas City MO 64112
(816) 753-1718
Additional locations available.

Bo Lings is a great place to host meetings, events, receptions and weddings. Chef Richard Ng, who has won international food competitions with his creations, will design a gourmet Chinese menu to suit your tastes and budget. Their beautiful, newly renovated Plaza location makes an outstanding site for your event. They'll even custom-design your fortune cookies!

To learn how Bo Lings can help you with all of your banquet needs email or call them.

Eden Alley
(web site | map)
707 W 47th St
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 561-5415

Award WinnerVegKC 2006-2007 Member Choice Awards:
BEST OVERALL CAFE/DINER/RESTAURANT,
Best Atmosphere,
Best Vegan Breakfast,
Best Vegan Desserts


In addition to their cafe, Eden Alley also does catering!

No matter what your event—intimate gatherings to event and wedding receptions, business luncheons, catered parties, etc.,
their location, or yours, Eden Alley can cater to you and your guests individual needs.

They offer many catering options for many budgets:

  • Boxed lunches
  • Platters for pick-up
  • Delivery and set-up
  • Full-service catering
  • Dessert buffets
  • Birthday cakes
  • Cookies by the dozen
  • Non-traditional wedding cakes

Eden Alley is a full-service caterer offering a variety of different kinds of food and with experience in a wide variety of culinary styles. You can view prices and some of their sample ideas here.

Remember, any food Eden Alley makes is specifically designed for you...you help create the perfect menu to go with your perfect day. Let their brilliant colors, unusual flavors, hearty aromas, and array of textures compliment your event...and don't forget about their amazing desserts.

To learn more about Eden Alley's catering, please give them a call at 816.561.7595 or e-mail catering@edenalley.com.

 

Habashi House and Al Habashi Mart
(web site | map)
309 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 421-0414

Award WinnerVegKC 2006-2007 Member Choice Award:
Best Ethnic Grocer


Special event? Glorious celebration? Business luncheon? Habashi House will bring their exquisite Middle Eastern Cuisine to your home, business or any location where people gather to socializing or to work, and to be complemented by great food at affordable prices.

All of the items on our restaurant menu — including house specialties — are available with our catering service. The same care and attention they give our dishes at Habashi House restaurant is transferred to their clients when they cater.

Catering Prices: $7.99 per person for vegetarian dishes, $15 per person for a “fill it up” special of up to two pounds of any food item.

Minimum required for catering service: 15 (with a required one-week notice or more). A delivery charge of 15% is applied to all catered events. Habashi House — with or without use of its kitchen — can be rented also for private gatherings.

To schedule your catering event, call 816-421-0414 or email info@habashihouse.com.

Jerusalem Café and Bakery
(web site | yellow pages)
431 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 756-2770
Additional locations available.

Award WinnerVegKC 2006-2007 Member Choice Award:
Best Mediterranean or Middle Eastern Food


Enjoy the flavors of the Holy Land, whether in the comfort of your home or banquet setting. Their fully equipped mobile unit is avialable for on-site service. Also a private meeting facility is avialable at their Westport location.

Catering for our authentic Middle Eastern and vegetarian cuisine is available at any location. see their menu section and call them at (816) 756-2770 or (816) 931-8575. You can also reach them by email at: sales@jerusalemcafeandbakery.com.
Room 39
(web site | map)
1719 W 39th St
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 753-3939

Whether you want to cater a breakfast meeting or a seven course dinner, Room 39 will deliver fine, seasonal and fresh food exactly to your specifications.

They offer catering in the location of your choice at any time or in their restaurant Friday and Saturday evenings.

 

Shops and Miscellaneous

The following are local KC businesses that are particularly veg-friendly.

AstroCakes New Listing!
"out-of-this-world gluten-free vegan sweets!"
astrocakes.com
816-288-1956


AstroCakes is a new local baker (Andee Hindery) who specializes in yummy vegan and gluten-free baked goods! AstroCakes hopes to be in Hy-Vee grocery stores in the next couple of months. Until then, we'll have to make do with special orders.

Rocketcakes (vegan, gluten-free cupcakes):

  • Chocolate OR Lemony Vanilla
  • $14/doz

Rocketcookies (vegan, gluten-free cookies):

  • Chocolate sandwich cookies with cream filling
  • $8/doz

No minimum order necessary, but if delivery is necessary, they charge for delivery.

Nick Baker
Local Kansas City Wheatgrass and MicroGreens
lotusprout@yahoo.com
(816) 377-3997

Wheatgrass, sunflower greens, pea shoots, and other micros. Uses effective micro-organisms (EMs-beneficial bacteria), plants in a medium of worm castings (high nutrient), and uses full-spectrum light bulbs as well as natural sunlight in a constant experiment to find the most perfect growing conditions to maximize nutritional value of the living food.

"If anyone has ideas for microgreens they would like me to grow for them, I am open to those ideas, and put seed orders in every month or two from a couple local farms. I can also supply some of the ingredients to grow your own."

  • 10" x 14" flat of wheatgrass $10
  • 10" x 14" flat of sunflower greens $10
Phoenix Herb (map)
4305 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64110
Located next door to KC's smaller Wild Oats location, this herbal shop replaces the House of Hezekiah, providing the same offerings: incense, loose herbs, and numerous, numerous kinds of bulk loose-leaf teas. Open seven days a week.

Worth the Drive

Some places are so good that it's actually worth a drive. Here's places you can visit in Lawrence, St. Joseph, and other nearby cities that aren't Kansas City but we darn well wish they were. Know of any spectacular places that are worth the drive? !

Alldredge's Apple Man Orchard
(web site | location)
10455 County Rd. N
Platte City, MO 64079
(816) 330-3448

A great place to go apple- or pumpkin-picking in the fall andpeach-picking in the summer, and to have fun playing with animals (wild chickens, ducks, geese, and more run around underfoot while you're picking fruit—you can feed them for a couple of quarters) and pet them (if you can get their attention long enough)! They also have a gift shop, go-kart rides for kids, and plenty of other fun stuff.
Casbah Market
(web site)
803 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

The Casbah Market is a new ALL vegetarian grocery store specializing in affordable organic and local produce and packaged goods. Not your typical grocery store, the Casbah is decorated with highly polished natural wood, hand-blown glass lighting, and off-beat artwork. There is also the Jamaican-inspired Nice Café located inside the store that is very nearly all organic and mostly vegan. The menu features a jerk-style tofu, rice and peas, terrific salads, fresh juices, and much more. It is primarily take-out, but all the to-go containers are 100 percent compostable and made from renewable resources. The café is also available for catering.

If you're in Lawrence, be sure to drop by!



 


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