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The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

March 2012


Volume 6, No. 3



Winter Market Produce
Best Carrots Ever! Purchased in February at the Indoor Winter Farmers Market.

Those of us who shop the farmers market this year did not have to wait for St. Patrick's Day to think about green. We've had it all winter long. 


I've heard those who say "a little" and "not much" but let's stop and think about how far we've come. Last winter, our first season of winter markets, we were thrilled to bring greens into the winter months. We stretched some into November and were able to start early with spring greens in March and April. This year, we've had a good selection of greens (at least, the early shoppers have) at every single market.

Winter Market Produce
Arugula, Kale, Radishes, Spinach... Need I say more?



And I talk to people each week who are putting in high tunnels or are thinking about adding to their current farming and gardening practices. How do we get these folks to grow all winter long? We keep shopping. We keep telling them how much we love the option of buying our produce locally throughout the winter and we show them the demand for more. 


Please review the events coming up in March and add them to your calendar. We have some great musical entertainment coming up, as well as a free vegetable gardening class at the March 17 market. The EFM Annual Meeting is this month, as well, and everyone is invited. Past, present, and future vendors, as well as volunteers and market supporters.


Share this newsletter with a friend. Better yet, bring a friend to market with you this month. 


See you at the market!  



Tracy Simmons
Market Manager



In This Issue
March Market Schedule
Birthday Cake Decorating Contest
Dine with Dirty Kanza Bikers
February Markets Report
Welcome to Willowing "S" Farms
High Tunnels Workshops for Producers
Also in Emporia This Week
March Market Schedule

Saturday, March 3

Emporia Humanitarian Center

former Lowther South School

215 W. 6th Ave. (southeast entrance)

open at 10am



Twice the Music this Saturday! 


Starting at 10am we will have music by the talente young singer/songwriter from Americus, Savanna Chestnut

 Savanna Chestnut playing at first winter market of 2010.


11am -- Music by local artist and market board member, Joe Foster. Joe is a one-man acoustic Folk, Americano, Bluegrass show who has played everything from house concerts in Eastern Europe to the busy streets of downtown Portland, Oregon. We are pleased to have this musical addition to the Emporia Farmers Market. 

Joe Foster - Market Musician 




Saturday, March 17

Emporia Humanitarian Center

former Lowther South School  215 W. 6th Ave. (southeast entrance)

open at 10am


 Irish Music for St. Patty's Day! 


This week's market features the "Kindred Spirits" flute trio (Anne Strobel, Sue Claridge and Sara Coltrane) for "A Taste of Ireland". Traditional tunes such as "The Irish Washer Woman" and "Londonderry Air" will be mixed in with other tunes to help you get your green on...along with our usual fine selection of locally-grown greenery, of course! "Kindred Spirits" are available for hire, so please keep them in mind for your next celebration or special event. 




Grow Your Own Vegetables

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

a free class brought to you by the Emporia Area Local Food Network and the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust


Come  learn how to grow your own vegetables in this class designed for beginners. The class will be taught by Amy Jordan, horticulturist with K-State Research and Extension in Lyon County. Thanks to the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust, attendees will receive a Kansas Garden Guide, a great great how-to reference for any gardener. Shop at the farmers market beginning at 10:00 am, then stay for this FREE class!






  Emporia Farmers Market Celebrating 30 Years

 Sunday, March 18

EFM Annual Meeting & 30th Anniversary Party


All past, present and future market vendors are encouraged to attend. All market volunteers and sponsors are welcome. 


Meeting will include a review of 2011, a look at what's coming in 2012, board member elections, 

and the best potluck in town!


Please join us.


Potluck starts at 4:00 pm

Meeting starts at 4:30 pm

Emporia Presbyterian Church ~ West Campus

1702 W. 15th Ave., Emporia


RSVP before March 12 to Tracy

[email protected] or 620-343-6555




A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at
Coming in May ~ Happy Birthday EFM Cake Decorating Contest

The Emporia Farmers Market is celebrating the big 30 and we are inviting all area creative foodies to bake us a cake on May 5, 2012, for the first market of the 2012 season in the parking lot at 7th & Merchant. There will be both novice and professional categories.


 To receive a copy of contest guidelines as soon as they are available, please send an email to [email protected].

 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


 February Indoor Winter Market Report

Two markets were held in February. 


January 4 = 15 vendors


February 18 = 15 vendors



The following produce & goods were for sale:


Fresh Farm Eggs (lots of eggs!)

Duck Eggs, too!


Local Honey


Lettuce (several varieties), Spinach, Bok Choy

Mixed Greens, Radishes, Kale, Arugula

Chinese Cabbage, Turnips 


Winter Market Produce 


Live 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

Doggie Deodorant/Perfumes


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 February:


Willowing "S" Farms of Casssoday

brought goat jerky to the market in February.

This new product was very popular with market shoppers


Other New Products in February:  


Sleepy Hollow Soapary has a new product for man's best friend. Try out their doggie perfumes, specially formulated for Ladies and Tramps.


Doggie Perfumes by Sleepy Hollow Soapary 



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. 


High Tunnels Workshops


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

10am - 4pm

Moon on the Meadow Farm


Moon on the Meadow Farm, owned and operated by Jill Elmers, is a Certified Organic vegetable, herb and small fruit grower utilizing 4,000 square feet of high tunnels. See first-hand, high tunnel production in action! In the afternoon, learn methods in construction, crop production, management, and marketing from K-State Extension specialist, Cary Rivard and Lawrence area high tunnel growers.  


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Start Time: 9 AM

The Red Tractor Farm

974 E. 850 Rd., Lawrence, KS 66047


Learn how to construct a high tunnel by assisting in this hands-on demonstration! From the ground up, experience techniques used to erect a 20' x 96' Zimmerman Hoop House on site. Jen Humphrey and Jessica Pierson own and operate the Red Tractor Farm, a diverse vegetable, goat meat, and egg farm near Lawrence, KS. 




For details and registration on these workshops and more, see Kansas Rural Center.



 Also in Emporia


International Food Festival @ ESU

Saturday, March 3, 11am-2pm

Visser Hall Atrium


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!


February Market Volunteers:

Taylor Botkin

Tracey Graham

Fannie Harrell

Beth Henrikson

Bill Ihling

Dianne Ihling

Charles Rothenberg

Mark Sherman

Evie Simmons

Kaman Simmons

Maddie Simmons

Rand Simmons

Anna Tall


Market Musicians:

Eric Martin

Charlie Wilks

P.J. Stephenson

Anton Zouplna


EFM Spring Expo Booth Attendants:

Janet Brassart

Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer

Judy Conway

Keiona Doctor

Tracey Graham

Jeanette Hurshman

Bob Karr

Ruthann Resch

Rand Simmons

Wayne & Linda Simmons

Anna Tall




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.





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OLF: Twin Rivers



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