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The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

January 5, 2012


Volume 6, No. 1



The USDA recently sent out a press release saying that more farmers markets are expanding to winter operation. The Emporia Farmers Market is proud to be leading the way in our second season of year-round operation. We are fortunate to be a part of a community that believes in good food and believes in supporting the local farmer. 


We would like to take a moment to thank YOU, our loyal market customer, for another great year for the Emporia Farmers Market. We are excited to be able to start 2012 the right way with another Indoor Winter Market this coming Saturday, January 7, starting at 10 am. Friends of the Farmers Market are preparing some delicious homemade soups for lunch and we will enjoy the music by Jane McCoy and Bill Ihling.


2012 is a significant year for the Emporia Farmers Market as it marks our 30th year of operation. We've come a long way since that first season in 1982 where a dozen vendors sold a total of $4,789 in produce.


We are in the midst of planning our calendar of events for the year. We'd love to have your input. If you have ideas for events or would like to participate as a market vendor or volunteer, now is the time to get in touch. Email me at [email protected] with your thoughts and input. 


Also, please watch your inbox for some news on EFM email newsletter list cleaning. We will be updating our free e-newsletter options and clearing out some of the email addresses which are likely out of date. Your reply will be requested soon, so please watch for that to arrive as a separate email.


See you Saturday!  


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager



In This Issue
Live Music by Jane McCoy & Bill Ihling
Soup on Saturday!
Indoor Winter Market Report
Meet our Newest Market Vendor
Also in Emporia This Week
Live Music by Jane McCoy & Bill Ihling

Music will be provided at Saturday's market by Jane McCoy and Bill Ihling. Jane and Bill are two Emporia-based musicians who combine their talents for an eclectic mix of songs from several diverse genres: old and new country to 60s pop to classic "Americana" and contemporary. Their voices combine to produce a lovely and distinctive harmony, while Jane's cello adds a whole new dimension to the typical "acoustic guitar duo" sound. 

 Bill Ihling and Jane McCoy


A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at
Soup Fundraiser on Saturday
Soup is back at the market this Saturday!
Come to shop. Stay to listen to Jane & Bill play and have a bowl of soup served by the Friends of Emporia Farmers Market while you are there.  
On the Menu:
Broccoli/Potato/Cheese Soup
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Southwestern Pork Stew

The next soup fundraiser will be held at the Indoor Winter Market on Saturday, February 4, 2012 

 Indoor Winter Market Report

December 17, 10am-12:30pm 


We had our largest Indoor Winter Market to date, in terms of total sales, at the new winter market location on Saturday, December 17. The Emporia Humanitarian Center was a great location and we greeted many market shoppers, both new and familiar faces.  


15 vendors had the following produce & goods for sale:


Fresh Farm Eggs


Local Honey


Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Turnips, Green Onions

Mixed Greens, Radishes, Kale, Arugula

Mustard Greens, Baby Carrots


Apples & Apple Cider


Jams & Jellies, Apple Butter


Peppernut Cookies (Pfeffernusse!)


Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls, Tea Rings, Pecan Rolls

Sunflower Wheat Bread, Pies, Muffins


Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Yeast Free Baked Goods


Homemade Lotions, Lip Balms & Soaps 


Baby Quilts, Lap Quilts, Gift Boxes


Tree Ornaments, Floral Arrangements, Wreaths

Crafts, Candles, Decorative Magnets 



See more photos of the first Indoor Winter Market and more on our Facebook page. 



EFM Vendor Notes

Join us in welcoming our newest vendor: Flavoricious, a gluten free, dairy free and yeast free alternative in baked goods.





Vendor Websites




The Karr Orchard


Just Picked Farms 


Kuchera Rub 


Interdependent Web  


Pendarvis Photography and Art


If you are a vendor who has news you would like to share, please email Tracy at [email protected] or leave a message on the market office machine at 620-343-6555. Newsletter deadline is noon on Monday of each week.


Also, feel free to send me your website address or links to pages on Local Harvest or other local foods directories. 


 Also in Emporia


Emporia Granada's 2012 Bridal & Prom Expo is open from 1 to 4 on Saturday, January 7.


 Have you checked out the courses being offered at Community Connections this season? What a great resource for Emporia. Be sure to check out their many offerings. 



2012 Walk Kansas will start on March 18th and run through May 12th. Start putting your team together!


Emporia Chamber Calendar


Emporia Gazette Calendar



 Thank YOU for Shopping Emporia Farmers Market.


Thank You for shopping the Emporia Farmers Market
photo by Evie Simmons

The Indoor Winter market is brought to you via a generous gift from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust



Thanks also to the market's lead sponsor


ESB Financial



1st & 3rd Saturdays


10 am - 1 pm




Shop early for the best selection!






215 W. 6th Ave.







EFM Kiosk
We Accept Vision Cards and Debit Cards


2-for 1 is back!! 

For all Vision Carholders, as of January 7, you can again receive 2 market tokens for every dollar swiped on your Vision card. Please see an EFM volunteer for details.

Thank You to our Farmhands


The Market could not run without you!


December 17 Market Volunteers:

Janice Jaggard

Ruthann Resch

Evie Simmons

Maddie Simmons



2011 Market Sponsors

Winter Market & Vision Card Enhancement Sponsor:


The Emil Babinger Chartiable Trust


Facilities Sponsors:


The City of Emporia


Lyon County K-State Research & Extension


Flint Hills Music


Media Sponsors:




The Emporia Gazette


The Flint Hills Shopper


Community Partner & Event Sponsors:


Country Mart North

EFM burrito fundraiser sponsor


Emporia Main Street 


Flint Hills Community Health Center


Emporia Area Local Food Network 





Helpful Harvesters:


James & Kay Calvert 


The Henrikson Team 


James & Theresa Muckenthaler 


Simmons Law Office 


Don & Ruth Wise


Many Thanks to the

2011 Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market

Kim Botkin
Janet Brassart
Ele Browning
Judy Conway
Emporia Gardeners
    of America
Courtney Gagan
   Got Your Attention?
Steve Graham
Tracey Graham
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell
Beth Henrikson
Bill Ihling
Janice Jaggard
Brian & Amy Jordan
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Jim & Ruthann Resch
Gretchen Russel
Evie Simmons
Becky Smith
Lisa Storrer
Pam Thuma
Lisa Tosti
Suzanne Worthen-Miller
Barbara Younger
Become a friend of the market today! 
Donations up to $99 become Friends of the market.
Donations of $100 and up become Helpful Harvesters and can be listed in our weekly (in season) newsletters, as well as on our website.
To become a friend of the market, please go to our website to donate online or see a volunteer at the market information table or visit the market office during office hours.
Your donations support the market's operating budget, enabling us to sustain a viable and successful market that is an asset to the Emporia community.

The market is operated by The Learning Connection of the Flint Hills, a non profit coporation in the State of Kansas that has been designated as a federal 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.
Contact EFM

EFM Market Office
702 Commercial, B3
Emporia, KS

Market Manager Office Hours are currently in Limbo, please call ahead or email for appointment.





Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce




Emporia Main Street





Our Local Food - Twin Rivers


OLF: Twin Rivers



Kansas Farmers Markets




Farmers Market Coalition