Food truck vendors hope first stop in downtown Kansas City, Kan., won't be the last

Food truck vendors join farmers to boost business

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The farmer's market in downtown Kansas City isn't anything new, but food trucks camped out there as vendors hoped it's a trend that will last.

The packed parking lot near City Hall is a sight you won't usually see in downtown Kansas City, Kan., but from the smell and looks of it, it may not be the last.

"I'd like to see more of this you know," said one resident.

Adrian Bermudez has owned his Mexican food truck for five years now.

He's from the area, but typically doesn't work nearby.

"We've had to go to Missouri, Overland Park and other states just so that we can make money," Bermudez said.

It's been easier for him to find a permanent spot in other cities except his own.

"There are so many regulations and policies that they have," he said.

Now he's been given the chance to set up with a few other local vendors which they hope is more than a one-time deal.

"We've done it little by little in Missouri, why not do it here?" Bermudez said.

Organizers want people to head to the food trucks and then to the farmers market just a few feet away to stock up on fresh produce.

Beverly Pinder has several farms in Wyandotte County and the downtown farmers market is essential for her business.

"This is my livelihood," she said.

This food truck event is specifically aimed to get more foot traffic during the markets slower afternoon hours.

So far, it seems to be working and if it's up to Bermudez, it's just the beginning.

Organizers hope to bring the food trucks back at least once a month.

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