Borgman's Dairy Farm is all about heritage, quality, and choice. The dairy farm makes several goat milk products, including the best ever cajeta!

Borgman’s Dairy Farm Makes Best Ever Goat Milk Caramel Sauce!

Over the past 80 years, Borgman’s Dairy Farm has earned a well established history in the Kansas City dairy industry.  This Grade A farmstead, goat dairy, and creamery is just minutes from downtown Kansas City.  Started in 1935 by the current owner’s, Randy and Dr. Janet Smith, grandmother, the farm has always been family owned.

Borgman's Dairy Farm goat milk products are sold at local Kansas City grocers, farmers markets. Products include, goat cheesecake, flavored goat cheeses, and cajeta.
Borgman’s Dairy Farm demo day at local Hen House

Husband and wife team Randy and Dr. Janet Smith are the current owners of Borgman’s Dairy Farm. Janet has a PhD and MBA. She is also a veteran of the United States Army. Randy is a Chemist, Physicist and Quality Engineer. Together, their experience and education allows them to combine artisan practices with scientific and high-tech methods to create safe, healthy, and delicious dairy products.

Husband and wife team Randy and Dr. Janet Smith use their experience and expertise to make the freshest possible Borgman's Dairy Farm goat milk products.
Randy Smith at Kansas City Food Circle Pop-up Shop

Borgman’s has always been a farmstead dairy.  Farmstead means that the products sold come from the farmer’s herd of animals.  Because Borgman’s products come directly from their goats, customers get reassurance that they are buying the freshest, best quality dairy products. The owners control milk quality from start to finish.  Also, all of Borgman’s products are pasteurized and/or cooked.

Borgman's Dairy Farm is all about heritage, quality, and choice. The dairy farm makes several goat milk products, including the best ever cajeta!
Borgman’s Dairy Farm makes cajeta in Salted Caramel and Bourbon flavors

Borgman’s Dairy Farm has provided two jars of their Salted Caramel and Bourbon flavored cajetas for the Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway. You can find the link below. Goat milk caramel sauce, or Cajeta, is a Mexican confection of thickened sweet caramelized goat’s milk. Borgman’s Dairy Farm makes cajeta from the milk of healthy and happy goats raised on the farm.  First they heat the goat’s milk to a simmer, add a pinch of baking soda (for caramelization), and then continually stir it over high heat until it reduces to a creamy, yet slightly tangy caramel sauce. No shortcuts allowed! It takes several hours to make each batch of cajeta. Because the milk changes with the seasons, the milk is carefully observed as it reduces into the freshest form of caramel sauce. Borgman’s Dairy Farm is just one of a handful of dairies producing cajeta and is the only grade A goat dairy in Kansas City manufacturing it.

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Borgman’s herd consist of 200 registered alpine and lamancha goats  Each one produces about one gallon of milk per day. The Borgman’s Dairy Farm goats receive great housing, food, and medical care. In return they give Borgman’s the use of their milk.  Their offspring provides the sustainable continuation of a fresh milk supply for future years.

Borgman's Dairy Farm was started in 1935 by current owner's, Randy and Dr. Janet Smith, grandmother. This Grade A farmstead, goat farm, and creamery is located close to downtown Kansas City.
Borgman’s Dairy Farm in the Fall

The Smiths plan to move the Farmstead Creamery to an Urban Creamery in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO.  The new Borgman’s Dairy Farm Urban Creamery will support small local farmers by purchasing milk to make artisan cheeses and specialty dairy products for the local, national, and international marketplace.

Borgman's Dairy Farm is one of just a handful of dairies that make cajeta. Randy and Dr. Janet Smith use their experience and expertise to ensure they are selling the freshest, best quality goat milk products.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a fantastic summer!

Suryashakti Jewelry in Kansas City

Melissa Cavallari’s life journey has brought her from the United States to beachfront broadwalks of Venice, Italy and back again. All the while she has pursued her love of crafting artisan jewelry. Suryashakti Jewelry is the result of that pursuit.

The Suryashakti Jewelry booth at the City Market in Kansas City, MO - Kiara Loves KC

Cavallari was born in the United States but grew up in a little beach town just south of Venice. Since she was a young teenager she had dreamed of learning the art of jewelry making from master artisans.  She and her friends would stroll the small walks in Venice peeking into artisan’s shop’s windows, hoping to catch a glimpse into the life of a Master Artisan.

Hand crafted artisan glass pendants from Suryashakti Jewelry in the City Market

As fate would have it, eventually Cavallari was selected as an apprentice for Mastro Giuseppe. She spent several years working under his guidance. She also began selling her own creations in her hometown and at summer art fairs.

Life was wonderfully sweet for Melissa Cavallari. Then, as sometimes happens with life, a storm came along. A diagnosis of cancer.  Thankfully, Cavallari triumphantly fought and won her cancer battle. Soon after she gave birth to her son, Surya.

Engraved metal dog tag pendants from Suryashakti Jewelry in the City Market - Kiara Loves KC

Cavallari’s son is also the inspiration for Suryashakti Jewelry. Surya means Sun (Son). Shakti means the power or the strength of a woman. After all she experienced, Cavallari felt immensely empowered. She had beat the odds. She had beat cancer. And she now had a beautiful family.

Hand crafted artisan pendants from Suryashakti Jewelry in the City Market

When the economy in Italy hit a pitfall about 10 years ago, Cavallari and her family moved back to the United States. She settled in Kansas City and continued to follow her dream by making and selling Suryashakti Jewelry at the City Market, online, in boutiques and galleries. Cavallari added to her life passion by designing jewelry for her client’s upcoming collections.

Hand crafted artisan earrings from Suryashakti Jewelry in the City Market

Melissa Cavallari has provided several gorgeous signature style pieces for the Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway. They include pendants, sets of earrings, and cocktail rings, all from Suryashakti Jewelry. Each of which she handcrafted. To enter the giveaway subscribe to Kiara Loves KC then follow the link below.

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Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

Bill Denney, owner of Little Bill's Pimento Cheese, can be found at the City Market on weekends. His Southern style pimento cheese is based on his grandmother's recipe.

Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

Anyone who frequents the City Market enough, has surely heard of Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese. If you haven’t, you’re in the right place! Bill Denney, owner of this Kansas City-based company, sells his Southern style pimento cheese at local farmers’ markets, stores, and shops.

Bill Denney, owner of Little Bill's Pimento Cheese can be found at the City Market on weekends. His artisan pimento cheese is made from his grandmother's Southern style recipe.

Denney’s inspiration came from his grandmother, Mary Ruth. She was well-known for preparing her pimento cheese for every family gathering. After she passed, Denney tinkered with the idea of taking the recipe and producing pimento cheese himself.

Charcuterie Plate featuring Little Bill's Pimento Cheese.
Charcuterie Plate featuring Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

He, however ran into a snag when he realized that his grandmother’s recipe was never written out. Most of his relatives were simply recreating what they thought was her recipe. By combining his experience in the food industry, a love for cooking and a little entrepreneurial spirit, he came up with a recipe he felt was a close to his grandmother’s as possible. Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese was born.

Mini Chili Cup Bites with Little Bill's Pimento Cheese
Mini Chili Cup Bites with Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

Are you thinking, “Why would I want pimento cheese”? Well, just know that it’s not the mass-produced stuff you might have seen at your grocery store. Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese is made fresh with no preservatives. It comes in three flavors; original, jalapeño, and bacon. It’s made with shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese, red peppers, mayonnaise, and a few secret ingredients.

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Bill Denney sells his cheese at the City Market on weekends. You can also find it at The Sundry, Taste of Brazil, Hy-Vee’s in Overland Park, Liberty, and on Barry Road.Overland Park’s Hy-Vee, Liberty’s Hy-Vee and Barry Road Hy-Vee.

Here are some recipes using Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese:

Grilled Jalapeno Peppers Stuffed with Pimento Cheese

Bill Denney's Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
Bill Denney’s Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

1 12-ounce tub of Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

12-15 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

3-4 strips of cooked bacon

Grill peppers over medium-hot heat for 4-5 minutes or until peppers are almost tender. Remove peppers from grill, let cool enough to handle, fill peppers with Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese, top with bacon and place back on grill until cheese is melted.

Pimento Cheese Pinwheels

1 package (8 ounces) of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Approximately half a tub of your favorite Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll dough on work surface, firmly press perforations and seams together to form 12 x 8 rectangle. Spread with Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese. Chill for one hour for easy slicing. Cut into 16 slices with a very sharp knife. Place the slices 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Little Bill's Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough water that there’s at least 1 1/2 inches of water above the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to boil, cover, turn the heat to low, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and leave covered for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water for 1 minute.

Crack eggshells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry with paper towels. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter.

Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork and add 2 tablespoons of Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese, any variety, for every 4-6-egg yolks, and mix well. Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika and chives/green onions and serve.

If you have any leftover cheese/yolk mixture, save it and spread on toast for a fantastic sandwich.

Bill Denney, owner of Little Bill's Pimento Cheese, can be found at the City Market on weekends. His artisan pimento cheese is based on his grandmother's Southern style recipe.

Enough of me just talking about it. Want to enjoy Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese yourself? Of course you do! Here’s your chance! Bill Denney has supplied the Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway with three gift cards. That means you can get three of your favorite Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese flavors or try one of each. Just follow the link below to enter the giveaway. (Be sure to subscribe to Kiara Loves KC first.)

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Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a fantastic summer!

Christine Walker, owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City, sells homemade soaps, lotions, and other bath and body products at the City Market.

Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City

What does an Olathe school teacher have in common with the City Market? Soap. Christine Walker, owner of Just Bee Soapy, has sold her homemade bath time delights since 2013.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

Walker makes her fanciful designed soaps from honey and beeswax. She also makes lotions, body butters, lip balms, and more. You’ll find her at the City Market on weekends throughout the summer. Just look for the Busy Bee Acres booth.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

In keeping it all in the family, Walker gets the key ingredients for her Just Bee Soapy products from her father, Bob Harrison, of Busy Bee Acres. Busy Bee Acres specializes in, you probably guessed it, honey.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

In earlier years Busy Bee Acres had a partnership with local Kansas City makers who made soaps from their honey. When that ended Walker took over with Just Bee Soapy creations.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

With a new school year beginning, Walker will close shop for 2016 after the second weekend of August. (Hurry to the City Market to check out her beautiful and wonderfully scented bath and body products!) She occasionally sets up at local craft fairs. In addition, she has plans to create an online site for Just Bee Soapy. Christine Walker can be reached at justbeesoapy@gmail.com.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

To celebrate summer in Kansas City, I’m hosting a giveaway featuring my favorite hotspot, the City Market. Currently valued at over $150, this giveaway will introduce you to products sold in the market and the people behind them. (Including a fabulous bath and body gift set from Just Bee Soapy!) To enter subscribe to Kiara Loves KC then follow the link below.

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The City Market has been a rich part of Kansas City since 1857. Local farmers, shops, restaurants, and fun events make it the ultimate Kansas City hotspot. - Kiara Watts

Why the City Market is the Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot

To celebrate the summer, I’m writing about the City Market, my favorite summertime spot in Kansas City. Psst, there’s a bonus giveaway at the end!

It’s August in Kansas City. For me and other moms and dads that means getting ready for the kids to go back to school. However, most of the city seems to also think that means the end of summer. It was barely the end of July before I started seeing stories about the last days of summer. Well, the rest of Kansas City may act like we’ll be stuck in three feet blizzards in the next couple of weeks, but not me. For me, summer is still in full swing!

The Definition of Summer

How do I define summer in Kansas City? The days are long and scorching hot. Nights are for sitting on the front porch eating picnic dinners with Lily. There are festivals, concerts, movie nights under the stars. And my favorite, weekends at the City Market.

The City Market is open seven days a week, all year long, but it becomes almost magical during the summer. There’s just something about the thousands of people who visit each weekend that seem to make it come alive. I can spend hours just watching the crowds go by on leisurely Saturday afternoons. It has been said that once you taste your first bite of a ripe peach you won’t forget it. Well, that is the truth. Mine was at the City Market in July of 2014.

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History of the City Market

The City Market has a rich history dating back to 1857 when it began as a site for market commerce, horse trading, political rallies, revival, medicine shows and circuses. It has been approximately in the same location since its inception when the City of Kansas City granted a lease to Jacob and Fred Scheibel for $50 per year. From this beginning, the City Market and its surrounding area became the focal point for people making their way westward. By 1878, activity in the area began attracting legends including Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill Cody and Jesse James.

During the 1920s life around the City Market was thriving. At this time it stood near City Hall, the Gillis Opera House, the Jackson County Courthouse, two newspapers and a number of other businesses. After City Hall and the Jackson County Courthouse moved to their present locations, the City Market benefitted from extensive renovation with a massive public works project in the 1930s. New buildings were constructed through the job creation initiatives of the Roosevelt Administration. The Market’s west building built during this reconstruction currently stands today.

The City Market has been a part of the rich tapestry of Kansas City's history since 1857.
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The Dawn of a New Era

In the 1960s the City Market was predominantly a produce-only destination. As the City Market and the surrounding River Quay area (as it was once known) entered the 1970s, it became a popular district with bars, restaurants, and other businesses. The late ’80s and ’90s marked a $14.5 million publicly and privately funded period of investment to re-energize the area. Structures were modernized in 1986 and rehabbed in 1990, resulting in over 100,000 square feet of restaurants, food-related shops, retail and museum exhibit space. With the addition of the Arabia Steamboat Museum, the City Market took a major step forward leading the way toward downtown redevelopment.

Since 2000 the City Market has received national acclaim and numerous awards. In 2002, the Market received a Great Markets/Great Cities Award of Distinction from the Project for Public Spaces, an internationally known advocate for farmers’ markets. In 2007, the City Market celebrated its landmark 150th anniversary season. With a record attendance of more than 700,000 visitors, it was listed as Kansas City’s 6th Top Area Attraction in the Kansas City Business Journal. In 2008, a Farmers’ Market of the Year award was given by the Missouri Farmers’ Market Association and AgriMissouri. The City Market continues to be a hub of activity and an enduring community landmark. The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays 4-7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 7 am – 3 pm.

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A City Market Education

Did you enjoy the history lesson? Do you feel smarter? Good! The City Market is so much more than a place to buy locally grown produce. Although, that is amazing! As a mother, I’m always looking for opportunities for Lily to learn outside of the classroom. The City Market has an abundance of them. She learns about botany and horticulture at Dutch Flowers. The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a great way to explore historical artifacts from the pre-Civil War era of the 1800s. Buskers in the City Market provide plenty of exposure to musical education.

The Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market is a great way for children and adults to explore historical artifacts from the pre Civil War era of the 1800s.
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Good Times all Year Long

The City Market celebrates Valentine’s Day with the annual free Tie the Knot private wedding ceremonies in February. 12 couples are invited to take part in this unique and romantic way to unite in marriage or renew their vows. Live acoustic music, twinkle lights, sparkling hearts, a red carpet, and an elevated ceremony platform set a lovely scene in the square heated glass pavilion as each couple says “I do’ or “I still do”.

The Busker Festival dazzles with freaky fun and free entertainment in June. The event showcases uni-cycling, juggling, fire twirling, aerial arts, stilt walkers, dancers, comedy, hula hooping, circus acts, magicians and more. The City Market’s motto is “where the locals go,” and in keeping with that tradition, all performers are local to the area.

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The City Market presents the annual Grub Crawl in September. It’s like a pub crawl only tastier. Grub Crawl Passport holders will experience a culinary adventure in the historic market. Each stop on the Grub Crawl walking tour offers samples or small plate from participating restaurants. Between bites, Grub Crawlers can enjoy live music from local performers stationed along the route.

The City Market is all about creating a fun, fresh healthy community through good-for-you foods and positive lifestyle choices. Through a partnership with Sundown Naturals, the City Market focuses on balanced wellness with proper supplements, nutrition, and exercise. Every Saturday at 10 am, certified instructors from The YMCA of Greater Kansas City provide a rotation of classes including Cardio Kickboxing, Zumba, Bootcamp, and Body Combat. KC Yoga Center brings Yoga in the Park starting at 10 am on Sundays. Come with your own mat or blanket for this mind and body boosting workout. These 60 minute classes are free and for all ages and levels of fitness through the first week of October. Get your body moving then keep up the momentum and head to the farmer’s market to find what you need for healthy and delicious meals.

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With the sights, sounds, and flavors of fall comes the October Harvest Celebration. You’ll find plenty of autumn produce including apples, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, and more. Children will receive vouchers to redeem for free produce from Farmers’ Market vendors. There are also fun giveaways. Festivities for the Harvest Celebration include a pumpkin patch, hay rides, arts and crafts, pumpkin themed games, and music.

Enjoy the joyous Christmas season with Whoville Holidays on Saturdays in December. Bring your camera to get a picture with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who in the warmth of their Whoville home. Little Whos will enjoy the Whoville activity area where they can make Whoville themed tree ornaments, a Grinch mask and more! Whoville Holidays is free with your “Help a Who” donation of three canned goods for Harvesters or a new unpackaged toy for the Salvation Army.

The Bite is a 'sandwich shop' located inside the Historic City Market in Kansas City, Missouri. The menu features a balance of sweet, savory and spicy flavors from the owner's Mexican heritage and experiences.
Spinach + Black Bean Tamale from The Bite
Back to the Food

What I like most about buying from local farmers at the City Market is knowing that I’m getting the freshest produce possible. Plus, I save so much money compared to shopping at a grocery store. The range of what’s available may surprise you. City Market farmers provide a huge variety of produce every week. Eggs, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, meats, and breads. Not to mention the culturally diverse mix of shops and restaurants as well. Dining at the City Market is like a mini instant passport to whichever country I want to visit on any given day. If I’m in the mood for Indian food than Tikka House is there to satisfy my taste buds. When I want a taste of Brazil, I can literally have one at Taste of Brazil. If I crave something Italian, I just head to Carollo’s Grocery & Deli. In addition, several of the restaurants carry imported goods from their countries.

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The City Market is also home to many small pop up shop businesses selling everything from hand crafted jewelry to homemade soaps. From caricature portraits to fashions for men, women, and kids. From home and garden decor to trendy hairstylists. Now, here is your chance to get to know them better. As a celebration of the ultimate Kansas City hotspot, I’m hosting a giveaway featuring products from City Market shop owners and farmers. Valued at over $250, this giveaway will introduce you to goods sold in City Market and the people behind them. Stay tuned for stories about each participating business. To enter, subscribe to Kiara Loves KC then follow the link below.

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Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a fabulous summer!