Craig Howard opens his 24/7, members-only sustainable market

  • The scene at Howard’s grand opening on First Friday.

The hoop-house garden adjacent to Howard’s Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch is visible from southbound Interstate 71. The greenhouse’s white, circular ribs stand out improbably, like dinosaur bones bleaching in the sun, next to delivery trucks and construction vehicles.

Howard’s is no less surprising. The market at 900 East 21st Street is a happy mash-up of a supermarket, food cooperative and farmers market – an innovative approach to selling everything needed for dinner from farmsteads within a few hours’ drive of Kansas City.

Chef Craig Howard, the market’s namesake, has slowly transformed a corner office space in the City Arts Project building into his vision of a sustainable market where the produce sells itself, leaving farmers to farm rather than staff tables at farmers markets and road-side stands.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink