Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa and a Tour of the KC Farmer's Market

I kind of felt obligated to include a recipe, since this is a food blog.  But really, this is a photo tour of the Kansas City River Market.  So, it will be a quick read (mostly photos and captions, but i will get to the recipe at the bottom of the page (all made with fresh ingredients bought at the Market!

Established in 1857, the farmer's market has been feeding fresh produce to the Kansas City area for over 150 years (and you thought we were just BBQ).

While of course, the produce is the main attraction, you can spy lots of fun things here.  Like this display of lawn decorations.

Life is just a little more ... nostalgic here.  No Wii or X-Box or high tch anything.  But the kids can take a ride around the parking lot in the barrel train, pulled by  John Deere Tractor.

But of course, the star of the day is the produce.  All the "regulars" are there, onions, bell peppers, potatoes and corn.  

Beans and Tomatoes... 

Most of the vendors are the family of the farmers.  How can you not buy something when the signs read, "hand picked yesterday"!

Makes you want a fresh salsa doesn't it???

Keep reading...

But look at these beauties.  It's not the neighborhood grocery store produce section.

But if you just want to enjoy the fruits of others labor, plenty of home baked goods for sale.  I like to make my own bread, but I was sure tempted by this ladies' Asiago/black Olive loaf.

May as well plan to come hungry.  Everyone gets samples of whatever you might like.  Breads, fruit, watermelon, even a little wine tasting place.

But again, more than produce.  Want to learn to grow tropical orchids?  This is the place.

Once a month this seller offers a class on, "How to Grow Orchids at Home".  Think this would brighten my kitchen?

But it is of course, all about the produce.

Of course, it could be just a little about the artisan Pasta Seller!

Even Lassie gets a booth to call her own, a table full of specialty dog biscuits.

This guy fires up his own sausages!

Look Ma... OLIVES!  Cheap, plentiful and a dozen imported Italian olives!

And what trip for me would be complete without a stop to say Hi to my beloved spice guy?

$1 for a half a cup of any spice you might want!

While I think The KC River Market is pretty special, I would bet that there is a Farmer's Market close to you.  They are worth the hunt.  A cook is only as good as his ingredients.  Fresh, local and cheap... What's not to love?  The link above, to Local harvest website offers a terrific service.  Just plug in your zip code and the closest market pops up.  A quick search for the KC area found over 30 markets.  Some are little more than a road side stand, and a couple are large almost River Market quality.  The site offers reviews so you know what you are getting into!

I would love to hear about (and read a review) of your next visit to your Farmer's Market.  Anyone want to share your hometown gem?

But really, don't you wish you lived in Kansas City???

And, as promised...

Everything came from the Market...

1 part Red Bell Pepper
1 part Vidalia Sweet Onion
1 part fresh Pineapple
2 parts Tomatoes
1/2 part Jalapeños 
1/2 part "Not Your Grandmother's Herbes de Provence"
Juice of 2 small limes (or one big one)
1/4 part fresh chopped Cilantro

Start dicing... try to make everything the same size (tiny is best).


A dozen uses, sweet from the pineapple, a little touch of heat from the pepper and filled with fresh amazing flavors.  Top a burger, add to fish, serve as a side dish or just dip a bit with a Frito!


  1. That is a fantastic farmer's market. I don't think I could pull myself away from all those olives!!

  2. Awesome touch with the pineapple bowl.

    I skipped the farmers market yesterday but Alexis went late (1pm) and the place was a let down compared to our 10am visits. Everything was sold out and picked over.

  3. What a great market. We have one in Maryville and the thing I like is you have to grow or make what you sell - no resales.

  4. What a great market! I have never seen anything like it. Great salsa too.

  5. need a Drool Bib Warning at the top of your blog! :D

  6. The salsa looks incredible. Plus, I love the way you used the pineapple to serve it! Very fun!
    Thanks for the support with Cooking Light! You are the best! I can't thank you enough.

  7. The salsa looks marvelous of course, but hello. What a fancy market y'all have!!! No wonder you were missing home. Is that like a daily or weekly market?

    Ours are much much smaller scale around here and very low budget. Everybody shows up in a certain spot once a week around here - different day for the different local cities - but nothing like this. Wow. I hope you know how lucky you are!!

  8. Love the much delicious stuff! What are those spiny things...cucumbers?? Squash?? They're so cool looking. And yes, your salsa look killer ;-)

  9. What a great market you have; makes me want to move, almost. We have several farm stands in our town, and a larger farmers maket in a town about 15 miles away. It's no where as large as yours, but there are all kinds of vegetables and local fruit and berries, herbs, baked goods, and beef and poultry. I love to go and browse, and always come away with too much to cook. But it gets eaten somehow.
    Love your salsa!

  10. Wow! That is quite a plentiful bounty you have here! Can't blame Dorothy for wanting to go home!

  11. What a great trip to the Farmer's Market! Loved the pics. And I love the presentation on the salsa. Very cool.

  12. Love farmers' markets (it's part of our weekend routine)! Your salsa looks beautiful and I can imagine, with the fresh produce you got, how wonderful it tasted.

  13. Wow, now that's one fabulous market! Guess being back in Kansas has it's perks, eh cher? And that salsa is "over the top" and the pineapple cup is adorable! Gorgeous pics, too!

  14. Great salsa recipe and beautiful presentation!

  15. Great market Dave. I love your salsa too. Think I will make it for the Labor Day crowd (14 people staying for 4 days!) David just might swing your way on the bike trip.

  16. Fabulous Market! I'd love to have a spice guy at our market. That Pappardelle's Pasta is wonderful. It's a Denver based company with lots of great recipes to go along with those pastas. Did you know you're not suppose to take photos of the Amish? Not sure why, I suppose something about the soul. Did she look away when you raised the camera? Or was she already looking in that direction? Hutchinson, where I grew up, has a very large Amish population.

  17. We will be in K.C. the first of October for a barbeque competition. We would love to go this farmers market. Farmers Markets are our thing.
    If is kind of funny,I just did a review on Peppers and More of a Pineapple, Jalapeno hot sauce from New York.

  18. We went to that market almost every weekend 30 years ago. A wonderful place. There was a meat market that I'm sure is long gone but was great.