River Market, Kansas City
If you like to cook, if you like to garden or if you like to do both you must visit this Kansas City institution.
They have been at the same location for almost 100 years. What started as a farm seed business has grown over the years to become one of the best places in Kansas City to buy your seeds and garden tools? A few decades ago the started to sell spices. Nuts, soup mixes and bird feed.
It is located in a well maintained but not renovated warehouse in the river market. The floors are worn by years of dollies running over the floors. It is the last chance to see what these buildings were like before they became condos and restaurants.
I love the smell of the spice room. If you are a gardener they stock a huge selection of seeds. They are ½ the cost of many catalog and pre packaged seed. They keep racks of heirloom and organic seeds stocked during the planting season. They also carry a good selection of cover crop seeds. (A hard thing to find for the home gardener but essential to healthy soil)
The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. If you come on a Saturday morning expect to wait a little because they are hopping. They are open during the week and it is quiet.
So do not miss a chance to support a great local business and see some of old K.C. at the same time.
What to buy: Look for hard to find seed like wheat and clover. The stock plant flats and siol mix for starting plants. The herbs and spices are fresh because they sell lots of them. They also stoc some good tools.
What to pay: The seeds are a real bargin. The other items are better than average to average.
I believe this place mercifully went out of business. It was a dump and reeked of cat p!ss! Went in there once and the lesbian owner was too busy chatting on the phone to help anyone...probably making an appointment to get another trashy tattoo. The stench of cat pee was overwhelming though so I took my business to Rainy Day Books.
What to buy: Absolutely Nothing
What to pay: Too Much
In operation since the 1850s, this outdoor market is busiest on Saturday, when 150 vendors offer everything from vegetables and flowers to live chickens and T-shirts. An arts and crafts market is featured Sundays, May through August. The outdoor market is surrounded by 37 permanent indoor specialty shops, international groceries, and restaurants occupying an Art Deco building and the Arabia Steamboat Museum
Supplies for gardens and farms, spices in small and large quantities, foodstuffs, miscellany. Planters Seed & Feed has been in business here since the 1920s.