The Season to Eat Fresh is Here!

Summer. A time where we see some delicious fruits and vegetables come into season. We scour Pinterest for recipes and we vow to support our local farmers. (Really, who wants to buy $7.00 blueberries from Chile?) In comes The Crop Stop, Kansas City’s mobile produce supplier providing delicious, fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables direct from farm to community, all from a big red bus.

11800515_140255782975898_1955551536610528314_nOwner and operator Hershey Hershman travels around the area, shopping local farms for the best produce he can find. Everything is grown within 75 miles of KC and is picked fresh daily. Hershey is  hands-on in the selection process, choosing the most colorful and delicious fruits and vegetables he can find to deliver to his customers at The Crop Stop! Some of his most  popular items are Triple Sweet Sweet Corn from Voight Farms in Wellsville and fresh tree-ripened peaches from Beckner Orchards in Lexington, Missouri. These peaches are picked “to be eaten, not sit on a truck, travel 3 days and sit on the shelf at the grocery store for another 3 days.” Hershey also gets great reviews for the tomatoes, red and green peppers, and sweet sugar cantaloupe he finds. Small, but mighty, The Crop Stop brings a variety of fresh produce to the KC Metro area every week to enjoy during the summer months.

The Crop Stop’s New Home

While 2015 was full of different popular spots that the red bus stopped at around Overland Park, KS and KC, MO, 2016 brought a new home for The Crop Stop. Hershey is now permanently parked on Bannister Rd (95th Street) and Holmes Rd. on the South East corner in the parking lot of the Angelo’s Nursery (701 E Bannister Rd.) Hours are 10-5 Tuesdays through Saturdays, weather permitting, but if you can’t make it Hershey does have pick-up and delivery available. He is constantly looking for produce as well- in his effort to support local farmers, he asks if someone knows a farmer he can contact, he will! He will also try and find produce upon request. This local business owner is not only helping local farmers, but bringing fresh delicious food directly from local farms into our community. Please consider supporting!

For more information, follow The Crop Stop on Twitter and Facebook and to stay up-to-date on what’s fresh, subscribe to The Crop Stop’s weekly news letter at

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Hope Malone-McPheeters is a blogger, teacher, mom, and advocate in Kansas City. She is a contributing editor for Promote KC because she loves Kansas City and the entrepreneurial spirit within our city! She is also a contributor to blogs on Ella's Hope for Autism and Autism Support Now Behavioral Services. Hope has two children, Ella and Luke and lives in KC with her husband Sam and children.