Farmers markets offering fresh, local products throughout Johnson County
Farmers markets are key to thriving communities. These markets provide shoppers with access to fresh produce and local products, sold by vendors working directly in the community.
August 6-12, 2023 is National Farmers Market Week, the 24th year of celebrating local farmers markets. From fresh fruit and vegetables, to baked goods and prepared foods, as well as homemade goods and specialty items, farmers markets have a lot to offer.
There’s no shortage of places to shop in Johnson County, with several local markets operating throughout the spring, summer and fall. In fact, eight cities across the county have their own dedicated market spaces open to the public.
This National Farmers Market Week, we encourage you to make a trip to your local farmers market and support local vendors in your community. Learn more about the markets currently in operation, including a pop-up market at the county’s very own Sunset Community Garden.
Farmers Markets in Johnson County
Sunset Community Garden
Johnson County K-State Research and Extension and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment hold pop-up farmers market events throughout the growing season at the Sunset Community Garden, 11875 S. Sunset Dr. next to JCDHE in Olathe.
These events provide produce to those in the community who need it, and produce is available with a suggested donation. See the schedule of upcoming farmers market events.
Overland Park Farmers’ Market
The Overland Park Farmers’ Market is held on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market pavilion in Downtown Overland Park, 7950 Marty St. next to the Clock Tower. The market has been around for 40 years and features fresh produce, local food and specialty items.
Lenexa Farmers Market
The Lenexa Farmers Market features an array of vendors in the parking garage at the Lenexa Civic Campus, 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Offering vegetables, fruit, baked goods, flowers and more, the market takes place Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon (through Oct. 28) and Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (through Aug. 29).
Olathe Farmers’ Market
The Olathe Farmers’ Market is hosted at two different sites: Stagecoach Park (1205 E. Kansas City Rd.) and Black Bob Park (14500 W. 151st St.). The market is open Saturdays (through Oct. 21) and Wednesdays (through Sept. 13), with vendors selling local produce, plants and more from 7:30 a.m. until items are sold.
Merriam Farmers’ Market
The Merriam Farmers’ Market is open May through September on Saturdays from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Shoppers can explore fruits, vegetables, baked goods and homemade products in the Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Dr.
Shawnee Farmers Market
Shawnee’s Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 7 a.m.-noon in the Shawnee City Hall parking lot, 11110 Johnson Dr. The market is open May through October, with local vendors selling fruits, vegetables, homemade goods and more.
The Mission Market is open every Thursday from June through August. The markets run from 4:30-8 p.m. off Johnson Drive in Mission, 5635 Johnson Dr. In addition to fresh produce, the market also features local makers and artists.
Gardner Farmers Market
The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. at Cornerstone Park Center and East Washington Street. Locally grown foods and handmade crafts are among the products available for purchase.
Spring Hill Farmers Market
The Spring Hill Farmers Market runs through September in the Spring Hill Baptist Church parking lot, 406 W. Nichols St. The markets, featuring homegrown and homemade products, are held on Saturdays starting at 7:30 a.m.