Emporia Farmers Market Celebrating 30 Years

The Veggie Gazette
Fresh & Local 

May 2012


Volume 6, No. 5



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 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. 



Saturday, May 12


7th & Merchant

open at 8am


Musical Entertainment by Joe Foster




Saturday, May 19


7th & Merchant

open at 8am



Saturday, May 26


7th & Merchant

open at 8am

Musical Entertainment by Bill Ihling & Jane McCoy  


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


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










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



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.



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 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.



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




Shop early for the best selection!



Parking Lot

7th & Merchant


Emporia, KS 


We Accept Vision Cards and Debit Cards


MAY Special

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:




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
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 




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