To Market, To Market

Chef/owner Carl Thorne-Thomsen of Story in the Prairie Village Shops shares his regular farmers market stops

It’s May and chefs all over the Kansas City area are chomping at the bit for the newest and freshest produce showing up at the farmers markets dotted around town. Chef/owner Carl Thorne-Thomsen of Story in the Prairie Village Shops is leading the charge.

“This is the best time of year in my opinion. Everybody’s excited,” Thorne-Thomsen says of his peers in the local culinary community. “We’re finally through with winter.”

Chef Thorne-Thomsen takes a hands-on approach to supplying his kitchen with the freshest available selections.

“I like picking my stuff,” he says. “Every Saturday I’ll usually be at the Overland Park Farmers Market and often on Wednesdays,” with occasional forays to the City Market downtown and to the Brookside Farmers Market.

“We, of course, have trusted vendors who provide Story with great produce, meats and seafood. But there’s something very reassuring about being able to see it and hold it in your hand while still in the market. I love local asparagus season, local spinach and those itty-bitty carrots. Baby turnips are great too,” he says.

For a full list of Kansas City-area farmers markets, including hours and locations, click here.

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