Emporia Farmers Market Celebrating 30 Years

The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

May 2012

 

Volume 6, No. 5

Greetings!   

 

It's May! It's May, that lovely month when farmers market vendors return to the parking lot at 7th & Merchant EVERY Saturday starting at 8:00 AM. 

  

Our first May market, this coming Saturday, promises to be a fun one. We will have a cake decorating contest and we are counting on you, our shoppers, to vote for your favorite.

 

As well, you will have the opportunity to take a cake home by participating in our Silent Auction as you vote. All proceeds of the auction will go toward the operations of Emporia Farmers Market.

 

But that's not all! Thanks to the wonderful folks at Emporia Realty Group and PrairieLand Partners, shoppers this Saturday will receive free market shopping bags -- our gift to you. 

 

And finally, for Vision Cardholders, the market invites you to celebrate our 30th season with 3-for-1 tokens for the month of May (while supplies last). This gift is courtesy of the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust.

 

See you at the market!

 

Tracy 

Tracy Simmons
Market Manager
 
Emporia Realty Group PraireLand Partners  
 
In This Issue
Bake us a Birthday Cake!!!
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers
May Market Schedule
Buy your tickets now: Pasta Palooza
April Markets Report
Vendor Introductions
Many Thanks 
to the sponsors of our 
"Bake us a Birthday Cake" 
Decorating Contest

Murphy's Menu 

The Emporia Gazette

Country Mart North

RJ's Cake and Candy 

Chelsea Gerleman, Independent Sales Director, The Pampered Chef

Vanessa Apodaca, Independent Consultant, Tastefully Simple #0081802

 

Cake Contest 

 

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KS SFNMP) is providing low-income seniors with $30 of cash benefits for use during the 2012 harvest season.

  

ECKAN will begin accepting applications for SFMNP vouchers after May 14

 

To apply for these vouchers in Emporia, contact Yvonne Johnson at Lyon County ECKAN. Phone: 620-342-4607. Lyon County ECKAN is located at 616 Merchant St.

 

SFMNP vouchers may be used to purchase local, fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs.

 

Emporia Farmers Market vendors who are certified to accept SFNMP checks will display a poster at their stall stating "Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks Accepted Here."

May Market Schedule

Saturday, May 5

7th & Merchant

open at 8am

 

"Bake us a Birthday Cake" Decorating Contest

Shoppers invited to vote on their favorite cakes in both professional and amateur categories.

 

Cake Silent Auction

Participate in our Silent Auction as you vote for the opportunity to take home a market birthday cake.

 

Winners of the contest and the silent auction will be announced at 9:15AM. Plan to hang around downtown so that you can be present for the announcements.

  

Shoppers will also receive free shopping bags, while supplies last, courtesy of PrairieLand Partners and Emporia Realty Group. 

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Saturday, May 12

 

7th & Merchant

open at 8am

 

Musical Entertainment by Joe Foster

  

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Saturday, May 19

 

7th & Merchant

open at 8am

  

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Saturday, May 26

 

7th & Merchant

open at 8am

 
Musical Entertainment by Bill Ihling & Jane McCoy  

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A complete calendar of upcoming events can be found online at www.emporiafarmersmarket.org
 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!

Purchase before May 21 to guarantee a plate!

click here to buy your tickets online

 

 Pasta Palooza June 1, 2012

Sponsored by:

The Verona Grill & Pizzeria, 4th & Merchant, Emporia

Emporia Subways

 

 April Indoor Winter Market Report

Two indoor markets were held in April, plus one special appearance at the Flint Hills Sustainability Fair. 

 

April 7 = 20 vendors

 

April 21 = 19 vendors

 

Sustainability Fair = 12 vendors

 

 

The following produce & goods were for sale:

 

Fresh Farm Eggs (lots of eggs!)

Duck Eggs, too!

 

Local Honey

 

Asparagus

 

Rhubarb

 

Strawberries

 

Cucumbers

 

Lettuce (several varieties), Spinach, Bok Choy

Mixed Greens, Radishes, Kale, Arugula

Chinese Cabbage, Turnips Swiss Chard

 

Live Herbs: Chives, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage, Oregano

 

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: Goat Jerky

 

Homemade Lotions, Lip Balms & Soaps

Doggie Deodorant/Perfumes

 

Handmade Jewelry

 

Yard Art

 

Dog Biscuits

 

Plants: Tomato, Peppers, Rhubarb 

 

 Images from the last Indoor Winter Market.

 

 

 

Introduction to 2012 Vendors

As vendors sign up for the 2012 season, I will post a bit about them and their product here. This information will also be made available on our website.  

 

Fresh Farm Eggs 

Just Picked Farms - Cheryl Alvarado

Year began selling with EFM: 2010

Products Offered: Vegetables, Baked Goods, Eggs, Herbs

 

vinegars 

Janet Brassart & Ruth Wise

Year began selling with EFM: 2009

Products Offered: Cut Flowers, Salad Mixes, Small Fruits (raspberries, strawberries), Veggies, Fresh Herbs, Jams, Jellies, Herb Vinegar. Janet & Ruth garden with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

 

Fowler Hobby Farm 

Fowler Hobby Farm - Ivan & Loetta Fowler

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Farm Fresh Eggs (hen & duck). Will have some produce this summer. 

 

Christ in Ya 

Christ in Ya - Christina Hardin

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Artisan Crafts made from recycled materials. Jewelry and Mosaics. 10% of sales are donated to juarezorphans.com

 

Buffalo Hollow Farm 

Buffalo Hollow Farm - Bill & Diane Ihling

Year began selling with EFM: 2008

Products Offered: Mostly garden vegetables: Tomatoes (heirloom & hybrid), Peppers (Bell & Jalapeno), Green Beans, Assorted Squash, Cantaloupe, Eggplant, Potatoes, Onions, Cucumbers. Occasional small quantities of Apples and Peaches. Occasional small quantities of cage-free eggs.

 

Apples 

The Orchard - Bob & Elaine Karr

Year began selling with EFM: 1986

Products Offered: Honey, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Blackberries, Fruitwood (smokers), Raspberries, Plums, Peaches, Apples. IMP orchard practices, non-certified organic vegetables.

 

Trois Amis 

Trois Amis Farm - Robyn MacGregor

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Vegetables, Fruit, Eggs, Artisan Crafts.

 

Ed Moyer 

Ed Moyer

Year began selling with EFM: 1982

Products Offered: Tomatoes, Potatoes, Onions, Jams/Jellies, Okra, Rhubarb, Blackberries, Cucumbers, Radish, Lettuce, Squash, Pecans & Black Walnuts, Cut Flowers. Some vegetable and blackberry plants. Organic where allowable; minimum use of spray chemicals.

 

Sweethaven  

Sweethaven Fields - Tim Nicklin

Year began selling with EFM: 2012

Products Offered: Romaine & Leaf Lettuces, Radishes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Red/Yellow/Black Raspberries, Pears, Asian Pears, White Peaches, Sugar Snap Peas, Wolf River Apples, Swiss Chard, Asparagus (purple & green), Various Salad Melons, Jams/Jellies/Syrups, Herbs. We try new varieties of greens and tomatoes/peppers ever year and in the future will offer honey berries, elderberries, currants and goji berries. Artisan crafts include drawings and barefoot sandals. We use no chemicals or manures in our gardens and fertilize only with composted leaves and grass. We utilize raised beds and mulch and try new ideas to adapt to extremes (such as "sunken raised beds", vertical gardening, sodded lanes and elevated beds).

 

 

How Sweet It Is - Linda Simmons

Year began selling with EFM: 2010

Products Offered: Gourmet Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls, Homemade Breads, Pies, Cakes.

 

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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. 

 

 

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

 

Thanks to the market's lead sponsor

 

ESB Financial

 


Saturday Markets

  

open 8 am

 

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Shop early for the best selection!

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Parking Lot

7th & Merchant

 

Emporia, KS 

 


We Accept Vision Cards and Debit Cards

EBT

MAY Special
3-for-1

For all Vision Cardholders, 3 market tokens will be given for every dollar you spend on your Vision card. Offer good while supplies last - May markets only. 

Thank You to our Farmhands

 

The Market could not run without you!

 

April Market Volunteers:

Janet Brassart

Ruthann Resch

Mark Sherman

Evie Simmons

Maddie Simmons

Rand Simmons

Becky Smith

 

Market Musicians:

The Neighborly Brothers

Eric Martin

 

Special Thanks to 

Amy Jordan and 

Ruthann Resch for representing the market at the Taste of Emporia.

 

Special Thanks to

Mike Scheller and David Scheller for completing the shelves on our kiosk refurbishment project.

 

Also to Mark Say and the kids of Logan Avenue 4-H Club for their work painting the kiosk in time for the start of our 30th year of markets.

 

 

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:

 

KVOE

 

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 our

2012 Friends of the Emporia Farmers Market & Farmhands

 
Kim Botkin
Riley Botkin
Taylor Botkin
Janet Brassart
Harold Brenzikofer
Betty Campbell
Margaret Davidson
Tracey Graham
Ellen Hansen
Fannie Harrell
Beth Henrikson
Bill Ihling
Dianne Ihling
Logan Ave. 4-H Club
Charles Rothenberg
David Scheller
Mike Scheller
Evie Simmons
Kaman Simmons
Maddie Simmons
Rand Simmons
Mark Sherman
Becky Smith
Ashley Storrer
Anna Tall
Barbara Younger
  
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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 will 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

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 8-noon

and by appointment 


620-343-6555



  

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Farmers Market Coalition