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The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

February 2012


Volume 6, No. 2



I hope you plan to join us this Saturday at the Emporia Humanitarian Center for Indoor Winter Market. This will be your last chance of the season for delicious homemade soup by Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market. This weekend we can look forward to Split Pea with Ham, Steak and Potato Soup, and a delicious Vegetable Barley.


As well, we are welcoming back a market favorite musician, young Anton Zouplna, who plays a mix of guitar instrumentals. If you have not had a chance to listen to this young man play before, stop by the market on Saturday. 


At the last market one of our regular shoppers was telling me about serving her husband wilted lettuce salad. "Fresh lettuce in January!," she said. "Can you ever remember having lettuce in January?"


Extending the season has long been the goal of the Emporia Farmers Market, and we are truly succeeding this year. We have had greens at every indoor winter market thus far and the outlook is good for continued growth (veggie growth AND market growth). 


I hope you've heard the good news by now that the Indoor Winter Farmers Markets have received funding for a third season and we are already making plans for a winter 2012-13 season. 


Many thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust for making our indoor winter markets possible. Included in this year's gift is $2,200 in matching funds for Vision Cardholders, as well as funds for both consumer and producer education.


I'll try to keep you up to date with those programs and more through this newsletter and on our website,  


See you at the market!  


Tracy Simmons
Market Manager



In This Issue
February Market Schedule
Recipes for the Season
Girl Scouts at the Market
Dine with Dirty Kanza Bikers
January Markets Report
Meet our Newest Market Vendors
Also in Emporia This Week
February Market Schedule


 Saturday, February 4, Open at 10am

Indoor Winter Market

Emporia Humanitarian Center

(former Lowther South School)

Enter through the southeast door.


215 W. 6th Avenue

 Live Music!

Young Anton Zouplna will be playing a tasteful mix of guitar instrumentals for our listening pleasure.

  Anton Zouplna playing at the January 2011 market.


Serving Soup for Lunch!


Split Pea with Ham

Steak & Potato

Vegetable Barley


~ a fundraiser by 

Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market ~




Saturday, February 18, Open at 10am

Indoor Winter Market

Emporia Humanitarian Center

(former Lowther South School)

Enter through the southeast door.


215 W. 6th Avenue

Live Music!
December Market Musicians 
Local music legend, Eric Martin, will be at the market playing with some of his gifted students. 


A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at
Recipes for The Season
Since I myself had never had Wilted Lettuce Salad, I had to look up a recipe when I got home. Yum!
Since Chinese (Napa) Cabbage is prevalent at the market right now,  I thought I'd share this recipe from the Savor the Season collection at KS Farmers Markets
Asian Napa Cabbage Salad


A cool, crunchy option when the weather turns warm.


  • 1
     medium head of napa cabbage
  • 1/2
     cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 1
     yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4
     candied walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2
     rice vinegar
  • 1
  • 2
     toasted sesame oil
  • 2
     olive oil


Slice the whole head of cabbage crosswise into to inch sections, discarding the bottom two inches of the cabbage. Rinse the cabbage and spin the leaves dry in a salad spinner. Toss cucumber, pepper, and walnuts with cabbage.


Whisk together vinegar, honey, sesame oil and olive oil. Toss with salad. Adjust seasonings to taste, adding more vinegar if needed.

Sow What? Girl Scouts Share Food Journey at the Market on Saturday, 1/21/2012
from Our Local Food: Twin Rivers     
In addition to the wonderful Farmers Market fare that Emporians are beginning to get used to, in this, the second year of Winter Markets, a bright and shining feature of today's market was the informational booth staffed by members of Girl Scout Troop 30050. 
Samantha Richey, Ashley Adams, Katie Metz and Caite Schoeck
These highly articulate and enthusiastic young ladies have recently completed their Sow What? Journey and were at the market to share what they've learned.  In their journey, they learned about the Food Network (not the TV one, but the one we all need to live!), explored scientific, economic and social aspects of today's global food system, and gained a strong appreciation for Local Foods, among many other things.  At the market, they handed out free Kansas Grown Cookbooks, with recipes featuring Kansas crops all tested and compiled by the troop members.  It was so marvelous to see these lovely young people at the market this morning!
Click here to read the rest and to see more pictures from the market. 
Many thanks to Tracey Graham, of OLF:TR, for sharing this piece about the Emporia Farmers Market. 
 Dine with the Dirty Kanza Bikers


Don't miss the fun! You are invited to the


Pasta Palooza for Dirty Kanza riders!

Coming: June 1, 2012, 5:30-8:30pm


click here to buy your tickets online


 Pasta Palooza June 1, 2012


 January Indoor Winter Market Report

Two markets were held in January. 


January 7 = 17 vendors


January 21 = 14 vendors



The following produce & goods were for sale:


Fresh Farm Eggs (lots of eggs!)


Local Honey


Lettuce (several varieties), Spinach, Bok Choy

Mixed Greens, Radishes, Kale, Arugula

Chinese Cabbage, Turnips


Herbs: Chives, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage, Oregano


Apples & Apple Buttter


Vinegars, Jams & Jellies


Homemade Pasta


Macaroons, Sugar Cookies, Caramel Corn, Brownies

Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Kiss Cookies


Cinnamon Rolls, Tea Rings, Pecan Rolls

Wheat Breads, Sour Dough Bread, Muffins

Homemade Fruit Pies 


Quick Breads: Banana, Zucchini


Gluten Free, Dairy Free, & Yeast Free Cupcakes & Donuts! 


Meats: Beef, Pork, Venison


Homemade Lotions, Lip Balms & Soaps 


Handmade Jewelry


Dog Biscuits


Baby Quilts, Lap Quilts, Bags, Rag Rugs

Wooden Yard Ornaments, Bird Houses


Potpourri, Bird House Guords  


 See photos of Indoor Winter Markets and more on our Facebook page. 




EFM Vendor Notes

New Vendors in January:


Ashie's Eggs
Ashie's Eggs


Fowler Hobby Farm
Fowler Hobby Farm



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 the Wednesday prior to the first of each month.


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


 Also in Emporia


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!


January Market Volunteers:

Janet Brassart

Ellen Hansen

Fannie Harrell

Ruthann Resch

Mark Sherman

Evie Simmons

Maddie Simmons

Rand Simmons

Becky Smith

Anna Tall

Anniina Tall

Eustice Tall


Market Musicians:

Bill Ihling

Jane McCoy



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 Community Foundation

market buck give-away sponsor


Emporia Main Street 


Flint Hills Community Health Center

market buck give-away sponsor


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

Cade Amend
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




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Our Local Food - Twin Rivers


OLF: Twin Rivers



Kansas Farmers Markets




Farmers Market Coalition