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City Market
City Market

Get fresh (food) at the City Market

Spring does not just bring flowers and budding trees, it also brings fresh fruit, vegetables, hearty breads, dairy products, spices, and even yard sales to the City Market. Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City at 20 E. 5th St., the City Market is a great place for a date, who doesn’t mind exploring a little, and is especially great for ladies and gents who prefer organic goods.

Or if your dating prospects have been a little dumpy lately, head out to the City Market and take a look around.

The market’s slogan is “Where the locals go,” and it’s true. You’ll see hundreds of people at the market on any given Saturday or Sunday all year round, and most of these prospective flames are great choices because they care about local farmers and eating safe, locally-grown, Kansas and Missouri produce.

For a really lovely day…

Pick a sunny day and stroll around a bit in the late morning until you find what you’d really like to nosh on, and then make a brunch of it.

Let your date pick out whatever he or she wants from a variety of different vendors. It’s sort of like ordering off a menu, but market style. Then find a great spot to sit and enjoy your finds. To really impress your date or another City Market mingler, try reciting some market trivia.

First, you should know that the City Market is the largest regional farmers’ market and one of the oldest businesses in the city, open since 1857. And you won’t see Joe Farmer standing by his lonesome self, because the market boasts “over 140 local vendors.” The yard sale happens every Sunday and some vendors are willing to barter! And if you show up on a weekday you’ll see about 30 permanent vendors and gift shops because the crowds come out on the weekend. The City Market is open on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. all year round.

Kansas City Jazz
Kansas City Jazz

Date in high-style and all that jazz…

Forget barbeque! Kansas City’s known for its jazz, but what do you or your date really know about it? If you’re scratching your head, then maybe you should consider finding out by going to a jazz concert at the American Jazz Museum.

At night, the museum transforms into The Blue Room, a swanky jazz lounge. And you know it’s got to be pretty good, because The Blue Room was voted “Favorite Jazz Venue” by the Visitors’ Choice Awards in 2010. If the weight of your wallet is making you a little skeptical, don’t be. A romantic night of jazz and intimate lighting doesn’t have to break the bank. For only $10 a person, you can checkout Wild Women KC on April 23 at 8:30 p.m. or the James Ward Band on April 30 at 8:30 p.m., both of which promise to be an exciting night of KC jazz.

If you’s like to extend the date…

Try checking out the museum during the day, before The Blue Room opens up. The museum is located at 1616 18th St. in the historic 18th and Vine District. So if you find yourself with a little downtime between when the museum closes and when The Blue Room opens, you can stroll around this nationally important neighborhood, where you are sure to find a great restaurant for dinner. If your date doesn’t know a thing about jazz, he or she is sure to learn quite a bit, and if your date already knows Count Basie and Mary Lou Williams, then even better.

jhoermann@unews.com

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