Downtown Lee’s Summit farmers market celebrates spring with food, music and art

Saturday May 11: Ride the Missouri river runner to shop, dine and learn about the region’s history in Downtown Lee’s Summit

May 1, 2013 

Visitors are invited to Downtown Lee’s Summit’s Farmers Market Spring Celebration from 7 a.m. to noon, May 11, at the corner of Second and Douglas streets. The free celebration includes live entertainment, craft activities for children, balloon animals, face painting and more. A “pop-up art show,” called the Lexicon of Sustainability, a photography exhibit of 24 photographs taken by Douglas Gayeton, also will be featured. Each image includes handwritten notes regarding sustainable food and aims to define principles of sustainable food systems. The exhibit is made possible by Cultivate KC. For more information, visit cultivatekc.org.

Also stop by Saint Luke’s East Hospital’s tent to watch a cooking demonstration from chef Steve Duben, who will prepare heart-healthy chicken and vegetables kabobs. Kim Alexander, Saint Luke’s East Hospital’s registered dietitian, will be on hand to answer questions about healthy cooking.

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. to sell-out Wednesdays and Saturdays from now until Nov. 30, at the corner of Second and Douglas streets in Downtown Lee’s Summit. The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market has been named the No. 1 Farmers Market in Missouri in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest, sponsored by the American Farmland Trust, for the past two years, and also once again named among the Top 10 markets in the nation in the medium-market category.

Additionally, May 11 is National Train Day. Lee’s Summit is home to an Amtrak Station where the Missouri River Runner brings visitors right to the middle of Downtown Lee’s Summit, a Great America Main Street Award winner, one of only three in Missouri. For more information about National Train Day, visit www.nationaltrainday.

com. While in Downtown Lee’s Summit, plan to visit the Lee’s Summit Historical Society Museum, which is in the historic Train Depot and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit www.leessummithistory.

net.

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market is coordinated by Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of Downtown Lee’s Summit. The title sponsor of the Farmers Market is Saint Luke’s East Hospital. The market also is sponsored by Bank of Lee’s Summit. For more information, visit www.downtownls.org or call 816-246-6598.

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