|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.
|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!
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.
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.
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!
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
emporiaFM@gmail.com or 620-343-6555
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 emporiaFM@gmail.com.
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
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!
click here to buy your tickets online
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!
Lettuce (several varieties), Spinach, Bok Choy
Mixed Greens, Radishes, Kale, Arugula
Chinese Cabbage, Turnips
Live Herbs: Chives, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage, Oregano
Apples & Apple Buttter
Vinegars, Jams & Jellies
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
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.
The Karr Orchard
Just Picked Farms
Pendarvis Photography and Art
If you are a vendor who has news you would like to share, please email Tracy at emporiaFM@gmail.com 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.|
|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
1st & 3rd Saturdays
10 am - 1 pm
Shop early for the best selection!
215 W. 6th Ave.
|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:
EFM Spring Expo Booth Attendants:
Harold & Naomi Brenzikofer
Wayne & Linda Simmons
|2011 Market Sponsors|
Winter Market & Vision Card Enhancement Sponsor:
The Emil Babinger Chartiable Trust
The City of Emporia
Lyon County K-State Research & Extension
Flint Hills Music
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
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
Got Your Attention?
Brian & Amy Jordan
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Jim & Ruthann Resch
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.
EFM Market Office
702 Commercial, B3
Market Manager Office Hours are currently in Limbo, please call ahead or email for appointment.