The Eat Local and Organic Expo is an annual event held in spring to kick off farmers market season and promote local and organic farmers, ranchers and artisans who are vital to our region’s local food system. The largest farmers market in the area, the Expo gives farmers the chance to make an average $1,000 in sales to give them a financial boost as they head into a busy market season. KC Food Circle™ farmers create eye-popping displays of their products as well as their pledge to maintain high growing standards.
The Expo began in 1988 and was led by a group of food advocates and local and organic farmers and ranchers who formed the KC Food Circle. In 2019, KC Healthy Kids adopted the volunteer-led effort. We preserved the integrity of KC Food Circle pledges, and are leveraging our partnerships with area restaurants, schools and other institutions to help farmers increase their income.
The best partnerships result when the mission and values of sponsors and nonprofits align. KC Food Circle farmers pledge to high standards for growing produce, raising animals and keeping bees, and they all use organic practices. If your organization values a strong local food economy, soil health, community, diversity and inclusion, we'd love to partner with you.
The Expo is a great place to engage with people who care about the food they eat and the community that surrounds them. More than 2,000 Farmers, vendors, volunteers and shoppers gather for the Expo. They include:
- Farmers, entrepreneurs & small business owners.
- Families with young children.
- Kids (pre-K and elementary school age)
As a sponsor, you can expand your reach, grow your brand's awareness, embrace a new role in the community or stand out from the competition. The Expo is an experience people will associate positively with your brand, and you can make meaningful connections by providing Expo-goers with engaging on-site activities, perks and discounts. Ask about long term exposure through year-long integration.
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