New Roots for Refugees named one of Cooking Light's Hidden Gems & Delicious Food Destinations


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Great farmers are like indie rock bands - when one you love finally gets discovered, it's a little bittersweet that the secret is out; but you're happy the world has finally caught on and recognized just how good they are at what they do.

Cooking Light has named New Roots For Refugees one of its Hidden Gems & Delicious Food Destinations. The list of 20 restaurants, farms, neighborhoods, shops and markets is meant to recognize the "inspiring, less-well-known nabes devoted to the fresh, the local, the sustainable - and the drinkable."

New Roots, which is one of the suppliers of the recently opened Howard's Organic Fare & Vegetable Patch, is the only Kansas City locale on the list. As Cooking Light notes:

One of the most exciting things happening in America's Bread Basket is occurring not in its swaying fields of wheat and corn but on neighborhood blocks and vacant lots within Kansas City. And much of it is thanks to the efforts of Cultivate Kansas City. By supporting urban immigrant growers like the New Roots for Refugees farm, this grassroots organization is creating a small market base for city growers of all backgrounds.

The six-year-old agricultural program, a joint effort between Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas City and Cultivate KC, is meant to help refugee women by providing them an income through farming, as well as roots in the community. You can find produce from New Roots For Refugees at 10 area markets (the list is here). New Roots is a hidden gem; but perhaps for not much longer.


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