Summer crops coming soon to Farmers Market

Summer crops coming soon to Farmers Market
Posted on 06/10/2021
tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, blackberries

Spring was unusually cool and soggy this year, and then it quickly turned hot and sunny. We caught up with a few Lenexa Farmers Market vendors who provide some summertime favorites to find out how crops are growing and when you can expect them to arrive at the Market.

Please note that these estimates are dependent on the weather because everything is locally grown.

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Sweet corn

Farmer Joel Dierking of Dierking Farms (Blackburn, Missouri) reported that they planted an extra 10 acres of corn to meet the high demand at the Lenexa Farmers Market. This season they planted even earlier, but the cool May weather dashed hopes of yielding an earlier crop. Dierking strives to be first to market with corn and hopes to stay on track with a July 4th weekend Market start. We hope for continued steady summer temps to keep the corn on track.


Farmer Lance Hall of Sunflower Orchards (Paola, Kansas) informed us that they will likely have a limited crop of peaches by the July 4th weekend. Many fruit trees across the Kansas City area were damaged by late spring freezing temps. Sunflower Orchards is one of a few orchards that still have local peaches to sell. August should be a great time for a larger crop of peaches. They are usually a favorite as they are sweeter and juicer later in the season.


Sunflower Orchards also grows blackberries. They are expected to do well and should be at the Market as early as the last week in June.

Zucchini and cabbage

Farmer Jacob Thomas from JET Produce and Meats (Leavenworth, Kansas) reports that many warm season vegetables seem to be about a week behind their regular schedule, but all are doing well. Zucchini and cabbage will make an appearance at this week’s Market, and we expect them to be in abundance by June 19.


JET Produce and Meats also grows tomatoes. They are expected to be more plentiful as we get closer to July 10.

Published June 10, 2021