We’re in Kansas, so we have some strong roots in agriculture.
In fact, we bring as much of the farm to the city as we can. Our Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market, at 824 New Hampshire Street. There is a Saturday market from April to November and a Tuesday market from May to October. lawrencefarmersmarket.com
Cottin’s Hardward also hosts an indoor Farmers’ Market on Thursday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. from April to November. Cottinshardware.com/farmersmarket
Each fall, the annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour gives you the opportunity to visit local farms and meet the farmers. Load up the car and for $10 per carload, you can pick from the list of participating farms and wineries. Farmers will give you a guided tour, tell you about their farm practices and you can also buy their products. From alpacas to zucchini and everything in between, check out where your food comes from. kawvalleyfarmtour.org
If you want to go beyond the Farmers’ Market and travel a little farther afield (get it?) visit Washington Creek Lavendar Farm or Pendleton’s Country Market or Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch, depending on the season.
Washington Creek Lavender Farm opens on Mother’s Day, Wednesdays through Sundays.
Their store offers organic products that are grown, handmade, and hand-painted in Lawrence. Or choose a bench and sit outside and take in the soothing smell of lavender. washingtoncreeklavendar.com
Pendleton’s Kaw Valley Country Market, 1446 E. 1850 Road, has the largest single patch of asparagus in the state. You can pick your own, or check out their diverse assortment of vegetables, bedding plants, cut flowers and other crops. Find them on Facebook, pendeltonscountrymarket.
Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch is a working farm with a 30-acre pumpkin patch. Located at 1791 N. 1500 Road, it’s the place to go, September – October for a hay maze or a straw stomp. A hayride will get you to the field to select from more than 100 varieties of pumpkins, for that perfect jack-o-lantern or pie. Schaakespumpkinpatch.com
Or check out some out-of-the-way places the locals enjoy. Simple Living Country Store – at Coal Creek Farm. It’s open on the weekends, south of town at 1676 N. 1000 Road. A herd of alpacas will greet you at the gate. (You’ll have their undivided attention if you feed them treats.) This little store-on-the-farm offers fresh baked bread, farm-fresh eggs, alpaca yarn and other handmade products, including locally handcrafted pottery. Check out their classes for knitting or baking or come by for a free sample of something tasty they’ve made. Find them on Facebook at simplelivingcountrystore.
When the snow flies and its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, you can select and cut your own Christmas tree at Strawberry Hill Christmas Tree Farm. They’re open Thanksgiving until December 23rd, or until they sell out. If you’re here for the holidays, you can take part in the local tradition of hayrides and warm spice cider and a look around the shop at the beautiful wreaths, mantel pieces, crafts and gifts. Strawberryhillchristmas.com
Wineries? Oh yes, we have those, too.
BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery has tasting room hours and wine pairing dinners. The vineyard, started in 2002, now covers eight acres in Eudora, Kansas, four miles east of Lawrence. Their label features the artwork of Native American artist Frent Learned, an impressionist painter from Oklahoma. bluejacketwinery.com
Davenport Orchards and Winery, located between Lawrence and Eudora, began making wine commercially in 1997. Their intent is to “make good wine from Kansas-grown fruit, with minimal intervention, to allow the wine to express itself freely.” Interested in an opportunity to experience the journey grapes make from vine to wine? Davenport Winery invites volunteers. davenportwinery.com
Kluger’s Vineyard is a small family-owned vineyard and farm winery located south of Lawrence, just west of Iowa Street on 1100 Road. They offer a number of varietals and the vineyard-winery is available for private tours or visits by appointment. Email or call ahead: firstname.lastname@example.org, 785.843.8516.