Since the early 1800s, The Historic River Market in Kansas City has been a place where people have gathered for Dining, Entertainment, Shopping, Living and Working.
The quaint historical buildings and friendly surroundings make The River Market a great place to dine at some great traditional and international restaurants and bars, shop at gift and specialty shops, experience the region's largest Farmer's Market, hear live music, see a fireworks show or share a day of fun with your family.
I really enjoy the farmers market with my toddler. We can get fresh vegetables for good prices. There are other children's activities as well, that I'm sure he'll enjoy has he gets older. For now, all the people and new sights are fascinating to him and me as well.
Come early summer to early fall on a Saturday morning. And come early. The sights and sounds are unparalleled anywhere around Kansas City. Enjoy the Italian market, buy fresh pitas (still hot!) and spices, buy fresh produce and potted plants. Local performers might range from a sixth grader boldly playing a scratchy violin, to modern dancers and those famous jazz musicians. Grab lunch at Bo Ling's, a fabulous Chinese restaurant that offers indoor and outdoor seating options. Or grab a Minsky's pizza and watch the game on one of a ridiculous amount of over-sized flat screen tvs.
This is a great farmers market! Basically everything(food wise) is available to purchase from local farmers. There are many who farm using organic practices, and some who are certified organic. There are also vendors around the outside who have fruit/vegetable stands (not locally produced). There is a lot to look at and my kids loved getting samples and talking to the farmers!
The River Market in Kansas City is a wonderful place to visit. It has such a unique vibe with lots of little shops and one of a kind places to eat. If you go on the right day there is a great farmer's market in the parking lot. My kids enjoy coming with me, though there's not a lot of 'just for kids' activity. They like the feeling and people are friendly.
While you can shop the open air market and grab a variety of ethnic foods or coffee any day of the week, Summertime Saturday and Sundays are when the River Market is at its best. You'll find farmers and vendors with everything from flowers and baked goods to vegetables picked the day before. It's a great way to teach kids about (and eat) what is in season, because that's what you'll find at the market.
Succotash has great Sunday brunch food, and if you're lucky and patient you'll get a seat outside. Or, grab a sandwich at the little Italian meat store and have a picnic in the grassy area right behind the coffee shop.